Catedral Primada, Toledo

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The centerpiece of the city and one of only three High Gothic cathedrals in the country, Catedral Primada was constructed using white limestone brought here from numerous quarries in the surrounding area. For many visitors, the highlight is the sacristy, with its impressive gallery packed with paintings by El Greco, Caravaggio, Titian, Rafael, Zurbarán, and Velázquez. Begun in 1226 on the site of an ancient mosque, the imposing building was modeled after the Bourges Cathedral in France. Its monumental interior features heavy columns dividing the space into five naves, with several side chapels containing exquisite gold reliefs, huge oil paintings, and portraits of cardinals going back at least 500 years. Photography is strictly forbidden inside, though you can access the bell tower to snap a few shots of the historic city center. Plan to see Catedral Primada and other attractions that appeal to you using our Toledo trip itinerary builder website.
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  • Lovely cathedral in beautiful historical city Toledo. Being in the center, it's within walking distance from all Toledo attractions. Built in the 13th century, Gothic design. Free, to enter... 
    Lovely cathedral in beautiful historical city Toledo. Being in the center, it's within walking distance from all Toledo attractions. Built in the 13th century, Gothic design. Free, to enter...  more »
  • We were fortunate to be able to attend Easter vigil mass celebrated by Toledo archbishop. It was a very long (2.5 hrs) mass, with live lambs a rather unusual addition. Cathedral is rather average by.....  more
    We were fortunate to be able to attend Easter vigil mass celebrated by Toledo archbishop. It was a very long (2.5 hrs) mass, with live lambs a rather unusual addition. Cathedral is rather average by.....  more »
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  • The main church is very attractive, the huge Virgin Mary, the carver into the station choir seat, the top row for the Renaissance, the bottom row for Gothic, two styles of blending. The golden central altar is tall and magnificent, covered with oil paintings by famous artists. The huge pure gold sculptures in the treasure house are all dazzling. The church is large and the content is very much. It is dazzling. The tower and the basement are worth visiting. Remember to take a guide at the front door.
  • Beautiful, huge, richly decorated cathedral. It is a Catholic temple of Gothic architecture in Toledo, its construction began in 1226. Fantastic and breathtaking cathedral. Words are not enough to describe how truly magnificent this monument is. Impressive interior. A beautiful, atmospheric temple where you can spend many hours. Amazing impressions. A must see in Toledo.

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