In this section, Go-Toledo.com offers a brief insight to the culture and history of this unique city.
The historic city of Toledo sits atop a steep-cragged rock, around which the Tajo or Tagus river slowly meanders.
This strategic position together with abundant water, forests, grazing and arable lands in the surrounding areas
gives much value to the city, and has always favoured its use as a permanent human settlement since prehistoric times.
With over two thousand years of history, having first been a Celtiberian city,
Toledo has the special characteristic of being a melting pot where all the
cultures and eras of Spain have come together and intermingled, and which together make up a small but rich example of the
history of the land.Thus, Toledo is known as The City of the Three Cultures, a name which refers to the Christian, Islamic, and Hebrew cultures that
coexisted during centuries within its walls, impregnating it with its own special identity. This almost brotherly union
and plurality of traditions can best be seen in the architecture, where the customary artistic styles of each one are interwoven,
exchanging influences and forming hybrids with their own personalities. The Mudejar style, a mixture of Islamic and Christian styles,
predominates in the city, combining principally Romanesque structures and purely
There were various important examples of intercultural exchange, such as the
so-called School of Translators of the 12th and 13th centuries, which was
decisive in preserving and disseminating knowledge of the Greco-Latin and Arab
A very important town developed while Christianity took hold
around the first century, remaining until the present day and maintaining, for better or worse, the Greco Latin cultural legacy.
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