In the year 569, Leovigildo, King of the Visigoths, established his court in Toledo and in 589 it became the political and religious capital of Hispania, after the abandonment of Arianism and conversion to
Catholicism by the Visigothic king Recaredo. During this period, the Councils of Toledo took place here.
These were assemblies with
ecclesiastical, political and legislative functions. Only a few material vestiges remain of this era,
such as some ruins of chrismons,
capitals and pilasters, together with some gold and silversmith work. These
items are on display in the Museo de los Concilios y Cultura Visigótica (Museum
of the Visigothic Councils and Culture), and others found in various parts of
the city were later re-used and remain enbedded in walls and towers.
Although dating from old, the Jewish presence was not pronounced until 712,
the year in which the Moors conquered the city.
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