Again, the Catedral Santa Maria of Toledo !!!

Once again, found many pictures not in my blog unbelievable ! Even if it is a big task on writing about this awesome cathedral I like to give you and me a bit more always more of it, This is awesome a must to see really sublime, there is always more I just do my five cents on it, For info the Catedral Santa Maria, primada de Toledo is of course in Toledo, province of Toledo, in the autonomous community of Castilla La Mancha, Kingdom of Spain. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

I had spent days here over the last few years of my life,and coming back is always wonderful; the city is wonderful, the Cathedral is heavens.I used to come more often when family lived just outside the City, now the last uncle is gone and after the last events in our world really needs a return for memories’s sake,The construction of St Mary’s Cathedral began in 1226 with white stone  in Gothic style;finished in 1493.


The St Mary’s Cathedral is 120 meters long by 59 meters wide and has five nave in addition to a cruiser aisle and dome as well as a cloister, 88 columns, and 72 vaults. The main façade has three gates such as Puerta del Perdon (Forgiveness), Puerta del Juicio Final (final judgement), to the right, and Puerta del Infierno (hell) to the left. There is , also the Puerta del Reloj (Clock) oldest from early 14C; the Puerta de los Leones (Lions) is 15C .Other gates are Puerta Llana (flat) , Portada de Santa Catalina ( St Catherine), and Puerta de la Presentacion (Presentation).  The Bell tower is 92 meters high and finalized in 1422 in Gothic style.


The Chapel of San Eugenio has the particularity of preserving the original architecture of the 13C. It closes with a gate very similar to the others signed by Juan Francés. In the altarpiece is the image of the titular saint, Archbishop of Toledo, the work of Copín de Holanda. This chapel keeps a unique piece due to its date and its art:


The Chapel of Santiago, also, called the chapel of Álvaro de Luna because this historical figure was the one who had it built and who founded it as a burial place for him and his family. It is one of the largest in the ambulatory as it occupies the space of three of the old ones, one large and two small; It has an octagonal plan and a very refined and select flamboyant style, one of the best examples found in Spain.


The Chapel of San Pedro is located between the Puerta del Reloj or clock gate and that of Puerta Santa Catalina gate, which leads to the cloister. The founder of it was Sancho de Rojas who has his burial in this place. More than a chapel, it is a small church that serves as a parish, whose enclosure extends to the north, attached to the east wall of the cloister. It is accessed through a gate limited by a Gothic doorway with archivolts decorated with plant and heraldic themes in which the coat of arms of the Rojas family with 5 stars is repeated, In the center and on the statuette of the archbishop there is another larger Gothic image, of San Pedro en Cátedra, under a Gothic canopy.


The Chapel of Santa Ana , originally founded by Jiménez de Rada restored by Juan de Mariana who has his burial here. With a good Plateresque fence. It is one of the smallest.


The Custodio, (custodian,guard) ,the most important object that is kept in the Capilla del Tesoro or Treasury Chapel is the great monstrance (custodia sp) of Enrique de Arfe to replace the one that was made of white silver and that disappeared when the riots of the Communities that was elaborated between 1517 and 1524. It is trace archaic Gothic and of great architectural beauty. At first it was made of silver but in 1594 Archbishop Quiroga ordered it to be gilded. The Custodian took seven years to prepare. It has a hexagonal plan. It rises up in little columns that are beautifully executed, with jewelery decorations and various figurines of angels, saints, rosettes, bells and wheat ears. The set closes in the last body where a cross from the 16C is placed. The base on which it is supported is Baroque from the 18C This monstrance (custodian) in pure gold was made at the end of the 15C with the first gold that Christopher Columbus brought from America ! The monstrance is assembled with the help of 12,500 screws that hold it , 5600 different pieces and 260 figurines. 183 kg of silver plus 18 kg of gold were used, In Toledo it has been customary since 1595 to remove this monstrance in the Corpus Christi procession, on a float made for this purpose with a very tight leveling that is mechanically operated,


In the St Mary’s Cathedral of Toledo, the most important organ is the so-called Emperor’s Organ, located in the transept. They are followed by the so-called General, that of Echevarria and that of Verdalonga, located in the choir.



This is a must to visit here, if only one thing to see in Toledo this must be it.  Again do not missed it. I have come to Toledo sometimes just walk around it ,and others go inside, always a great satisfaction of seeing it. Catedral Primada de España, Catedral Santa Maria of Toledo.

The official Catedral de Toledo:

The Toledo Tourist office on the Cathedral:

The Castilla la Mancha region Tourist office on the Cathedral:

There you go folks, plenty to go around and see this jewel of our time and forever beautiful,,This is the Saint Mary’s Cathedral, primate cathedral of Toledo and Spain, go see it ! Again, hope you enjoy the additional post as I.

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

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