We were told when in Spain, you must visit Toledo (the capital before Philip II moved it to Madrid in the 1500's). This hill town outside of Madrid captures the history and spirit of the Spanish in spectacular fashion. Unfortunately we visited the place on Three Kings' Day and were met with closed doors everywhere, especially the castle that we came to see.
On top of that, we were tired from a bouncy night train from Barcelona, and the weather that greeted us in Toledo was the coldest we experienced on our trip. The howling wind and freezing temperature drilled us to the bone as soon as we stepped out of the taxi from the train station.
The only things we were able to see in Toledo were the outside of the gothic cathedral, a small souvenir shop, and a small chapel (Iglesia de Santa Tomé) containing an El Greco masterpiece called the Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Defeated by the holiday and the weather, we packed up and returned back to Madrid, saving Toledo for a visit some other day...
This is a picture of the gothic façade of the Catedral in Toledo.
Trust me, our winter Toledo experience didn't look anything like this. But nevertheless, I was impressed by the view on this postcard. The big rectangular building is the castle.
Do sunsets really take on that purple color? Here's yet another view of Toledo and the cathedral.
Inside the Catedral is an incredibly detailed retable carved in polychrome. Sigh... perhaps on my next visit, I'll be able to see this in person.