Circulo de Artes and Teatro Rojas of Toledo!!

So bringing you back to another of my favorite cities of my beloved Spain. I do have several posts on the city of Toledo, Castilla La Mancha , Spain. So much to see in Toledo, the city is pack with architecture and historical buildings, and many overlook by visitors, I am happy to bring these two sort of on the off the beaten paths sites.I like to tell you of the arts and museums of Toledo, and specific the Circulo de Artes and Teatro Rojas.

Toledo is about 71 km (about 44 miles) from Madrid. I have come here once by train and the rest by car, It has wonderful train station (see post) ,My old road 401 Madrid-Toledo-Ciudad Real was transformed at the end of the decade of 1980 in the current A-42, which of course have taken too, There is ,also, bus service from Madrid.

The Circulo de Arte or Circle of Art in Toledo is located in the Plaza San Vicente, 2 in the Old Parish of San Vicente which was founded by King Alfonso VI after conquering the Moors in the city of Toledo for the kingdom of Castile.

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The building has undergone, for centuries, different reconstructions, transformations and additions. Its current main façade, in which Roman reliefs and embedded Visigoths can be noticed, either as an ornament or as reused materials, conceals the originality with added constructions, being its oldest element preserved a splendid apse, from the 13C, of which already in the 15C by a recess of the street, was discovered its foundation platform, giving it its current slenderness and appearance of the Mudejar tower. In the Baroque era, a large stone shield and two openings were incorporated on the axis with the purpose of illuminating the main chapel and a lower chamber, being blind only a third crypt and sepulchral located in turn under both underground level to the current street. This peculiar apse is known in Toledo as “cubillo de San Vicente” (or cubism) , being one of the most valuable Mudejar remains of the ancient city. The temple consists of a single nave, the original of the Mudejar building, with side chapels on one side, separated from it by rectangular pillars on which semicircular horseshoe arches lean towards the ship and semi-circular townhouses towards these chapels that had to be added towards the second half of the 14C.

The church was desacralized in 1842 and, once the parish was abolished, it acquired over time various uses such as the museum of religious art, municipal warehouse, or classrooms of the University of Toledo, currently being the headquarters of the Circle of Art, and serving for artistic expression, cultural promotion, nightlife and the exercise of free thinking. The central nave has an area of 222 m2, with a capacity for 450 standing persons and about 150 seated. The lateral nave has an area of 53 m2 where the cafeteria is located. The stage has an area of 54 m2, prepared with the appropriate technologies to carry out any type of event.

The official Circulo de Artes of Toledohttps://circuloartetoledo.org/

The Teatro Rojas Theater first opened in 1879 on the old comedy corral called Mesón de la Fruta and several architects participated in its construction. It is named in honor of the Toledo playwright Francisco de Rojas. The theater was inaugurated on October 19, 1879, with the representation of the work of Francisco de Rojas, drama de honor Del Rey abajo ninguno. Or the drama of honor of the King below none.  Talía, the muse of the theater, and a series of medallions in which we see great authors of Spanish theater, such as Tirso de Molina, Calderón de la Barca or Francisco de Rojas, who gives name to the theater appear in the paintings on the ceiling. The sills of the boxes, the thin iron columns, the mouth of the stage with the stage boxes and, finally, the spectacular curtain, make this room an important piece within the particular panorama of the Spanish municipal theater of the 19C.

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The official Teatro Rojas of Toledohttp://www.teatroderojas.es/

The Castilla La Mancha region cultural webpage on the Teatro Rojas: https://cultura.castillalamancha.es/artes-escenicas/red-de-artes-escenicas-y-musicales/teatro-rojas

The Toledo tourist office: https://turismo.toledo.es/

The Castilla La Mancha region tourist board on things to see in the province of Toledo: http://en.www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/toledo/

There you go folks, a wonderful world of the arts in a city of arts itself , Toledo. These monuments are worth the detour in your heavy sights schedule for the city !. Hope you enjoy it as we do

And remember, happy travel, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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