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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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  • If you’re in Toledo do not miss this amazing church. Everywhere you look there is something amazing. The choir room, the stained glass windows, the vaulted and painted ceiling. The side relic... 
    If you’re in Toledo do not miss this amazing church. Everywhere you look there is something amazing. The choir room, the stained glass windows, the vaulted and painted ceiling. The side relic...  more »
  • Beautiful place, full of history. Please, book a tour to hear and understand all the description and explanation. A must. 
    Beautiful place, full of history. Please, book a tour to hear and understand all the description and explanation. A must.  more »
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  • This is a beautiful cathedral in Toledo and well worth a visit. Entry is €10 and includes a audio guide (tickets are available in the shop opposite the cathedral entrance). It's a typical cathedral with grotesque wealth of the church on display, lots of religious art and paintings. There's a lot more to see than I expected too so not bad value for the cost.
  • This place was worth visiting for 10 euros. The self paced audio tour helps you understand the significance behind specific areas of the cathedral. I would easily budget an hour in this cathedral. Gets pretty crowded on Saturdays.

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