Ok, so I’m not sure if the phrase “Holy Toledo!” is a reference to Toledo, Spain, but it might as well be.
With the UF in Madrid program, we have the opportunity to travel outside of Madrid and explore Spain through daytime excursions. Our first excursion was to the beautiful, historic city of Toledo. The city has an amazing cultural heritage because of the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish influences.
We began our day with a tour of the Mezquita Del Cristo De La Luz, or rather, the Mosque of Christ of the Light. The mosque, known as Bab-al-Mardum was constructed in 999 AD and converted to a chapel known as Ermita de la Santa Cruz (Chapel of the Holy Cross) in 1186. Now, it’s a museum that’s definitely worth a visit.
Next, we visited the enormous Cathedral of Toledo. Some consider this to be one of the greatest achievements of Spain’s Gothic style architecture. We weren’t able to go inside, but viewing it from the exterior was spectacular in itself.
Our third stop was to the Synagogue of El Transito. It was founded as a synagogue in 1356, but was later converted to a church after the Jews were forced out of Spain. Now, it’s a museum. I feel like I’ve heard something like this before…
It didn’t take long for us to fall in love with Toledo. The entire city was gorgeous and full of incredible architecture, character, and history. Check out my photos of the city here!
Nobody knew what to expect when we traveled to Toledo, and the experience was certainly a pleasant surprise.