Hotel Cigarral Domenico
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Cigarral Domenico Toledo
This is our second time to stay here. We first stayed here back in 2004. The hotel is on a hill overlooking the town of Toledo, beautiful views. The rooms are very clean and loved the large bathroom. They offered a delicious European breakfast with meats, cheeses and plenty more! Our triple room was 81 euros, which we found very reasonable for the luxury of the hotel.
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... I'm back on it, I can see a rather unimpressive obelisk on the edge of town, which might be what the map was referring to. Perhaps this is a very significant memorial to something or someone, but it hardly seems worth stopping for, from what I can see.
So a few miles further on, I try a visit to something very different, the Parque Nacional de Despenaperros. This name is capable of being translated (by me at least) as having something to do with throwing dogs off ...
... a very well preserved Roman city with a Moorish flavor, dating back to the 7th century ( hard to believe). Did you know that the expression "Holy Toledo" originated with the Sephardic Jews who eventually immigrated to America, but still considered Toledo as the holiest Jewish city in Europe.
That evening we went to a very strange Middle Eastern restaurant close to the hotel, where upon entering the darkened reception area, ...
... of the Jews the Catholic Monarch gave the building to the Order of Calatrava. The former great prayer hall became a Christian temple and burial place for some of the Knights of Calatrava. The building had many different uses over the next 4 centuries. In 1877, it was declared a national monument.
The great prayer room is rectangular in shape with a collar beam roof (see the photo). Although, most of the original polychrome has been lost, some of the green, ...
... the city the mosque was handed over to the Knights of the Order of St. John who used it as a chapel. Some time later they added a semi circle apse in the Mudejar style. It was quaint and as usual full of history – much more than we have mentioned here.
Now it was on to the Alcazar. This fort sits on the highest part of Toledo and is well protected by the river that flows around 3 sides of the hill and old ...
... and beauty. The day is overcast—the best for taking photos. Toledo reminds me of the towns in the hills of Tuscany, so unbelievably picturesque. Jose parks our bus outside of the town's walls, and we walk over the bridge into the city. I love this place, but the highlight for me is the Church of Santo Tomé with its El Greco masterpiece, "The Burial of Count Orgaz", 1586. Jose II indeed does it justice with his narrative. ...