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Catedral Primada, Toledo
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The centerpiece of the city and one of only three High Gothic cathedrals in the country, Catedral Primada was constructed using white limestone brought here from numerous quarries in the surrounding area. For many visitors, the highlight is the sacristy, with its impressive gallery packed with paintings by El Greco, Caravaggio, Titian, Rafael, Zurbarán, and Velázquez. Begun in 1226 on the site of an ancient mosque, the imposing building was modeled after the Bourges Cathedral in France. Its monumental interior features heavy columns dividing the space into five naves, with several side chapels containing exquisite gold reliefs, huge oil paintings, and portraits of cardinals going back at least 500 years. Photography is strictly forbidden inside, though you can access the bell tower to snap a few shots of the historic city center. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Catedral Primada by using our Toledo travel itinerary maker.
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  • Majestic as the second Cathedral, largest of Spain after the Seville and impressive for their treasures. Reproduced by quantity, perhaps is can highlight the art gallery by them pictures of the Greco(El Expolio), the choir or the custody of Arfe.
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  • The cathedral is beautifully designed. It's huge with multiple chapels and museums within the cathedral grounds. We did a guided tour and it was an English group, but our guide only spoke briefly in E...  more »
  • Stunning the State of conservation of the building itself and the countless artistic and architectural works of the Cathedral. It is recommended to do a guided tour inside the building.
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