Iglesia de Santo Tomé, Toledo
(3.8/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Take time to appreciate Iglesia de Santo Tomé and see the famous and exceptionally large painting by El Greco,“The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.” The interior decor of this church is composed of a wall-mounted pulpit and ceiling brickwork above the alter. From the outside, the architecture is stunning, with an eye-catching, dominant tower. For interesting details you won’t learn otherwise, consider hiring a tour guide. Use our Toledo holiday planner to arrange your visit to Iglesia de Santo Tomé and other attractions in Toledo.
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  • First of all, visit the Catedral Primada and've visit here to see another picture. The real El Greco paintings is not enough to visit in order to see the pictures and the story was an impressive figure with specific.
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  • The best of this church is the impressive work of the burial of the count of Orgaz, left us speechless, watching it for several minutes, their details, expressions, perfect lines, gives you the feeling that if you get it to play you could feel the textures of the fabrics, the hands of the characters, I have no words to describe the emotions that I woke up to see that oil , it is something you have to experience. The photos within the Church, which we obey out of respect for this wonderful work are not allowed.
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  • A normal Church as any other, the only attraction for the experts and scholars of the painting is the picture of "The burial of the Lord of Orgaz", painted by El Greco. Laymen need, to not leave disappointed visit, a guide that explains us the work. Our group we were accompanied by a local guide who explained to us the content and the story of the painting: how is it painted?, which reflects and represents?, who commissioned it?, etc. All of this information in a pleasant talk makes us admire the work of El Greco and we left happy to visit. In some specialized library you can find a booklet explaining us the picture, but is for most scholars of art.
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  • Church of Saint Tome: Faith, Art and Hope To tell the truth, I had no plan to visit this church. There is a small cost of 2 and half euros. What attracted me to it was the yearning to see the death of the Count of Orgaz. I paid the small amount just to see this Masterpiece. The legend says that a gentleman named Gonzalo Ruiz of Toledo around the fifteen century financially supported the renovation of the church. In gratitude the population commissioned the paint of the burial of the Count of Orgaz. El Greco, a gifted artist and member of the congregation did the work. It is a profoundly touching painting and one can see the heavens above and the deathbed of the Count. Some said among the mourners is El Greco, third from the left. Concentrated on the people in the painting. They seemed so distant and so close. The church reflects the Mudejar and gothic styles of the times. First a Mosque, it was rebuilt in the 14th century. The building contained three tall arches and columns. Though the art from el Greco seems to be the main attraction, you should walk the church and truly study the architecture. For example, the two chapels are altars full of images baroque in nature. The instrument for baptismal ceremonies is ancient, dating to the 16th century. Impressive is also the image of the Virgin Mary, made from marble. The Chapel where the count is buried is the Chapel of the Conception. And this is where another interesting fact comes about. A legend says that when the count died, two angels came St. Stephen and St. Augustine. Hope flows out of the painting and from this church hope touches the traveler’s heart! Make sure to walk through the exterior tower and walk to the second floor. There is a cross with the letters alpha and omega, symbols of the Christian God. In the vicinity of the church there are museums, such as Museum of Greco. There are also inexpensive restaurants that offered good foods. The Locum Toledo had good food and offered small free tapas with my meal. You can spend about an hour in Santo Tome and spend the day in the area – a lots to see!! – Cheers!
  • We paid 5€ for two people to see El Greco's painting, and the rest of the church was really unimpressive. Don't bother unless you get the church pass. The museum is much better & you can see so many more of his paintings!
  • Relativelly small church with one of the most famous paintings of El Greco. Also some good examples of statues of Saint Mary.
  • You can see just one painting of El Greco but it is worthful to see enoughly
  • A big and impressive place