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The Caves of Hercules

The legendary Toledan tradition attributes these caves to the Palace of Hercules, or place where King Rodrigo opened a forbidden chest, to discover the prophecy that augured the end of the Visigoth kingdom at the hands of Islam. Today we can see there the Roman cistern of the second half of the 1st century AD, and know the interesting engineering technique with which it was built.

We can also glimpse the remains left by the Roman water tank, the Visigoth temple, the mosque, and the Romanesque church of San Ginés, from the 17th century. XII, which followed one another in time over the caves.

Although it is true that he went to that location where the braggates sent by Cardinal Siliceo descended, who would later die, more rigorous studies based on ancient writings do not locate the caves of Hercules inside Toledo, but place the entrance there (which found missing), while the caves were located on the outskirts of the city.

Popular tradition tells that, during the Civil War, many people fled through these caves from Toledo, leaving through a sunken vault near the neighboring town of Mocejón.

There, there are some enigmatic caves built by man and dated in 4000 BC. C. which is accessed through the demolished vault, from which it reaches a plant as large as the Cathedral of Toledo, labyrinthine, with meeting rooms, tables where supposedly made sacrifices, etc.

From this floor you pass to other rooms and other galleries that face Toledo, but 100 meters further on are blinded by the passage of time.

Unfortunately, the caves are located in a private estate and in a deplorable and dangerous state of conservation (in this hill you can see subsidence and additional access to blind galleries).

This, especially if it is not national heritage, has prevented an official investigation.

In recent years, treasure hunters investigate the caves and underground of Toledo, assuming that the real treasure of the Visigoth kings was never found or left the capital.