Fodor's Expert Review Alcázar

Toledo Castle/Palace

Originally a Moorish citadel (al-qasr is Arabic for "fortress") and occupied from the 10th century until the Reconquest, Toledo's alcázar is on a hill just outside the walled city, dominating the horizon. The south facade—the building's most severe—is the work of Juan de Herrera, of Escorial fame, while the east facade incorporates a large section of battlements. The finest facade is the northern, one of many Toledan works by Miguel Covarrubias, who did more than any other architect to introduce the Renaissance style here. The building's architectural highlight is his Italianate courtyard, which, like most other parts of the building, was largely rebuilt after the Spanish Civil War, when the alcázar was besieged by the Republicans. Though the Nationalists' ranks were depleted, they held on to the building. General Francisco Franco later turned the alcázar into a monument to Nationalist bravery. The alcázar now houses the Museo del Ejército (Military Museum), which was... READ MORE

Originally a Moorish citadel (al-qasr is Arabic for "fortress") and occupied from the 10th century until the Reconquest, Toledo's alcázar is on a hill just outside the walled city, dominating the horizon. The south facade—the building's most severe—is the work of Juan de Herrera, of Escorial fame, while the east facade incorporates a large section of battlements. The finest facade is the northern, one of many Toledan works by Miguel Covarrubias, who did more than any other architect to introduce the Renaissance style here. The building's architectural highlight is his Italianate courtyard, which, like most other parts of the building, was largely rebuilt after the Spanish Civil War, when the alcázar was besieged by the Republicans. Though the Nationalists' ranks were depleted, they held on to the building. General Francisco Franco later turned the alcázar into a monument to Nationalist bravery. The alcázar now houses the Museo del Ejército (Military Museum), which was formerly in Madrid. Be sure to keep your ticket—it's needed when you exit the museum.

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Cuesta de los Capuchinos
Toledo, Castille-La Mancha  45001, Spain

925-238800

www.museo.ejercito.es

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Rate Includes: From €5 (free Sun. 10–3)

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