The second part of our Toledo city walk starts at Mirador Del Valle. From here you have the best view of the city of Toledo. The Alcazar, the Cathedral, the Cortes de Castilla-La Mancha, the Ermita de la Virgen del Valle, and the Hotel Rlm alijares and the Academia de Infantería in the background.
Above the Puente de Alcantara we see the Castillo de San Servando. On the other side of the valley, on the banks of the Tagus, you can see the excavations of the Baños Árabes de Tenerías (Arabian Baths).
We exit the bus at the Puente de San Martin.
From here we continue our way on foot. Next to Puente de San Martin, Fly Toledo spanned a zip-line across the Tagus. It is the longest urban zip line in Europe. We watch the spectacle for a while. The queues show that is is very popular.
At the Puerta del Cameron we have a cool drink before we go through the gate and enjoy the panorama view from the observation platform outside the city walls.
Already when we take the drink, we see some groups of well-dressed people walking through the streets, obviously wedding parties.
When we reach the Plaza de San Juan de los Reyes, we realize that the Monasterio San Juan de Los Reyes is a popular wedding church. Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon donated the monastery as a gratitude for the victory over the Portuguese in the Battle of Toro, in 1476.
Toledo is the city of the three religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. We are now entering the Jewish Quarter in Toledo. On the Calle de Los Reyes Catolicos is one of the two still preserved synagogues of Toledo, the Sinagoga de Santa Maria la Blanca. The name comes from the white archways inside the building.
12.000 Jews lived here in the 12th century. There were 10 different synagogues. The second still existing synagogue El Transito is on the same street. The museum Sefardi shows the history of the Jews until its expulsion 1492 and 1513 on the Iberian peninsula. Right next to it is the Museo del Greco.
The birthplace of El Greco is at the Plaza del Conde. One can inspect a well-known painting of this outstanding painter in the church Iglesia de Santo Tome lying opposite.
In this area, we find again many shops with armor, swords and damascene knives. But also restaurants with medieval ambiance and armor.
Through the Calle Santo Tome and Calle de Alfonso XII, we reach a faculty of the university. In contrast to the ornate facade, the arcaded courtyard is modern. Next to it is the Iglesias de Los Jesuitas.
At the Plaza de San Vicente is the main building of the university. We continue through Calle Alfileritos and Calle Cristo de la Luz, while the twilight is breaking in and the narrow streets appear even more medieval.
Before the Puerta de Valmardón (Bab al-Mardum) is a hermitage on the left, the Ermita del Cristo de la Luz, a former mosque.
Once we have passed the Puerta de Valmardón we can already see the Puerta del Sol again and know that it is not far to our hotel.
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