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On August 16, 2015, before we got on the Camino, we took the train from Madrid to Toledo. This was a simple day trip. The train was inexpensive, and I believe the journey took about an hour and half, perhaps less. The train left us within walking distance of the city, though I felt like many others took a taxi into town.

Click the images to expand to full size. Though a number of the pictures are blurry, a few of them are much more crisp when expanded to full size. (I think I might want to use different software to shrink the size of my pictures.)

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Toledo: Just off the train. The station is on the east side of town, so we are walking west. The Alcazar, now a museum, but once a fortress, is seen in the distance at the top of the hill. We are looking at the main tourist area of Toledo.

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Walking toward town. In the distance at left us the Puente de Alcantara spanning the river Tagus. We were probably standing on a bridge when we took this picture.

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We climbed up the hill shown at right in the previous picture. The route was steep, but featured many beautiful views. I believe I remember a escalator taking us up at least part of the way. Here we are looking back the way we came, but a bit to our left. I believe that i a private school called San Juan Batista in the center of the picture.

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Climbing up the hill and looking back down the river Tagus toward the Puente de Azarquiel. This probably the bridge we were standing on earlier. That is perhaps the Academia de Peluqueria Toledo SL (barber shop/beauty school) at left of bridge in the foreground.

Alcazar de Toledo

A big old evil feeling museum near the top of the hill in Toledo. Felt military, bureaucratic. Lots of history, good insight into the culture of the city without an emphasis on the art. Built in the 16th Century but on a much older site that dated back at least to Roman times.

The falangists (Francoists) held out here against the Republican army during the Spanish Civil War. The Nationalists or falangists were the political right, led by Franco. The Republicans were the left, and fought to preserve the Second Spanish Republic. They were democrats, but were very hard on the church.

The siege of Alcazar was a famous battle. The son of the Nationalist commander who held the fort was captured by the Republican Army. When told that his son would be killed if the fortress was not surrendered, the commander said to his son: "The commend your soul to God and die like a hero." This strikes me as typical of fascists and right wing hawks, who are always telling others to be brave while they run for the hills when the fighting begins. See our famous American chicken hawks for innumerable specific examples.

It is worth visiting this place, but you need to understand what you will find there. There is little art. This is a war museum, and the emphasis is on warfare, history and politics. Armor, swords, guns, military vehicles. Still, the building is amazing, and there are some interesting ruins in the lower levels.

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Knights in Alcazar de Toledo museum. There was lots of great armor in this museum. This is just a portion of what you can see.

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Knight in museum.

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The courtyard in the center of the museum.

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Views

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Charge!

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Streets of Toledo. Here the car, the air conditioner and a big metallic box are typical of what can mar the view of even the most picturesque old building.

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Such a beautiful city.

Museo de Santa Cruz

Okay, I'm not 100% certain this is Museo de Santa Cruz, but I believe it is. Whatever it is, this was one of the best spots we found in the city. The painting was fantastic, especially for El Greco

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Architecture

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Architecture 2

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Book

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Blurry picture captures the fell of the museum. Notice that there is no one there. We could pick our own El Greco and sit peacefully in front of it.

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El Greco

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El Greco 2

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El Greco 3

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Statue

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Perhaps parts of an alterpiece.

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Perhaps parts of an alterpiece 2

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Painting. Perhaps annunciation.

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Perhaps parts of an alterpiece 3

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Painting. Perhaps annunciation 2

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Painting. Perhaps annunciation 3

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Courtyard

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Courtyard 2

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Courtyard 3

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Design

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Stairwell

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Cloisters

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Cloisters

Back in the Streets

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We have lots of streets like this here in Bellevue. Don't know why we went to Toledo just to see more of the same old....

Santa Iglesia Catedral Primada de Toledo

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The vault

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Clock

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Statue

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El Greco. Notice the crowds. We loved the cathedral, but obviously the viewing was better in the Santa Cruz Museum.

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The ceiling. Sigh.

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El Greco 2

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El Greco 3

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Painting 1. Perhaps Titian Pope Paul III?

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Painting 2. I believe Valazquez of Cardinal Borja.

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Raphael?

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Caravaggio St John the Baptist

On the Road Again: Puenta de Alcantara

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Back at Puerta de Alcantara and Puenta de Alcantara. The key hole arch in the distance is famous.

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At the Puerta de Alcantara and Puenta de Alcantara.

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The Rio Tajo (River Tagus). It drains west, and ends up winding through Portugal and into the Atlantic.

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Looking up at the Alcazar

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I believe we are back at Puerta de Alcantara and Puenta de Alcantara.

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I believe we are back at Puerta de Alcantara and Puenta de Alcantara.

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I believe we are back at Puerta de Alcantara and Puenta de Alcantara.

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I believe we are back at Puerta de Alcantara and Puenta de Alcantara.

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Looking up at the Alcazar 2. You can see that it was once a fortress.

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Looking up towards the Museo Santa Cruz, though it is probably hidden behind the buildings at the top of the hill.

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Looking up towards the Museo Santa Cruz, though it is probably hidden behind the buildings at the top of the hill.

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Looking across the River Tajo at San Juan Bautista, which I believe is a private school. Its nice to look at, but I don't think anyone goes there to visit.

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Looking across the River Tajo at Colegio San Juan Bautista. It is not in the historic section of town, and we never got much closer to it than this.