The Cathedral Primada de Toledo
The Cathedral of Santa María de Toledo , Spain, also called the Cathedral of Spain, headquarters of the Archdiocese of Toledo, is a building of Gothic architecture, considered by some as the magna opera of the Gothic style in Spain.
Its construction began in 1226 under the reign of Ferdinand III the Saint and the last Gothic contributions were made in the fifteenth century when in 1493 the vaults of the feet of the central nave were closed in the time of the Catholic Monarchs.
The doors are a fundamental part of the main facade. In addition to the aforementioned, the Puerta del Perdón, in the center of the main facade, is from the s. XV, fully gothic, and only opens on great occasions. The Puerta de los Leones, the most modern, has one of the most important sets of Spanish-Flemish sculptures of the s. XV, who reach their summit in the representation of the Virgin, in her mullion.
Inside, the greater chapel is one of the places of the Cathedral that lodges more works of art.
In the interior we find the rejería, of great quality, and the great altarpiece, summit of the florid Gothic and last manifestation of the same before the arrival of the Renaissance.
The Cathedral of Toledo has the largest number of preserved medieval stained glass windows, such as the rosette of the transept, those of the main chapel, and those of great figures of saints and apostles on the east side. The so-called Transparente is the great masterpiece of the sculptor Narciso Tomé, completed in 1732, and made in Genoese marbles, jasper and bronzes.
Conceived as an altarpiece, and illuminated by the skylights of the apse, it presents numerous figures and compositions representing passages of the Bible.
Currently, the Cathedral allows the ascent to its tower, from which you can see the Latin cross layout of the building and magnificent views of the city.
Without doubt one of the most impressive monuments of Toledo!