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Alcazar of Toledo
- Alcazar of Toledo
- Alt Name:
- Toledo Fortress
- Early Modern (1500AD-1800AD)
- 1500AD - 1599AD
- Catedral de Toledo, Circo Romano de Toledo,
Puente de Alcantara,
about Alcazar of Toledo
The Alcazar of Toledo, or the Toledo Fortress, in Spain is a square fortified building with four imposing towers sitting high atop a hill overlooking the city.
Dating back to the third century Roman era, the Alcazar of Toledo was restored under the rule of Alfonso VI and Alfonso X. It was once again restored under Charles V in 1535, with each ruler adding different elements to its design. As a result, each of its four facades bears a different style, including Renaissance, Plateresque, medieval and Churrigueresque, making the Alcazar of Toledo architecturally as well as historically fascinating.
During the Spanish Civil War, the Alcazar of Toledo was the site of the dramatic Siege of Alcazar, when the Nationalist Colonel José Moscardó Ituarte managed to hold the fort despite fierce attempts by the Republicans and, according to legend, maintained this control despite the kidnap and subsequent shooting of his son. The Siege of Alcazar turned this site into a symbol of Spanish nationalism. The Alcazar of Toledo now houses an army museum.
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Address: Cuesta de Carlos V 2, 45001 Toledo, Spain
Phone: +34 925238800
By car, you can reach Toledo from Madrid via the A-42 freeways (once known as the N-401). By bus from Madrid, take the Alsa Circular line route from Plaza Elíptica. Toledo is 70km from Madrid (1.5 hrs). A quicker way is the AVE high speed train, which only takes half an hour from Madrid's Atocha station. Then take bus 22 to get to the centre of Toledo.
Entry to the Army Museum, housed within the Alcazar of Toledo cost €5 adults, €2.50 children. Open daily except Wednesdays, 11am-5pm and 11am-3pm Sundays.Closed Jan 1st and 6th, May 1st, Dec 24th, 25th, 31st.
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