Castile–Leon and Castile–La Mancha

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  • 1. Catedral de Ávila

    The battlement apse of Ávila's cathedral forms the most impressive part of the city's walls. Entering the town gate to the right of the apse,...Read More

  • 2. Catedral de Burgos

    The cathedral contains such a wealth of art and other treasures that the local burghers lynched their civil governor in 1869 for trying to take...Read More

  • 3. Catedral de León

    The pride of León is its soaring cathedral, begun in 1205. It is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture complete with gargoyles, flying buttresses, and...Read More

  • 4. Catedral de Segovia

    Segovia's 16th-century cathedral was built to replace an earlier one destroyed during the revolt of the Comuneros against Carlos V. It's one of the country's...Read More

  • 5. Cathedral

    One of the most impressive structures in all of Spain, this is a must-see on any visit to the city. The elaborate structure sits on...Read More

  • 6. Convento de Las Dueñas

    Founded in 1419, this convent hides a 16th-century cloister that is the most fantastically decorated in Salamanca, if not all of Spain. The capitals of...Read More

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  • 7. Convento de San Estéban

    The convent's monks, among the most enlightened teachers at the university in medieval times, introduced Christopher Columbus to Isabella (hence his statue in the nearby...Read More

  • 8. Ermita de San Frutos

    This 11th-century hermitage is in ruins, but its location, on a peninsula jutting out into a bend 100 meters above the Duratón River, is extraordinary....Read More

  • 9. Iglesia de San Ildefonso

    Sometimes called "Los Jesuitas," for the religious order that founded it, the Iglesia de San Ildefonso is named for Toledo's patron saint, a 7th-century bishop....Read More

  • 10. Iglesia de Santo Tomé

    Not to be confused with the marzipan shop bearing the same name, this chapel topped with a Mudejar tower was built specially to house El...Read More

  • 11. La Catedral Vieja and La Catedral Nueva

    Nearest the river stands the Catedral Vieja (Old Cathedral), built in the late 12th century and one of the most riveting examples of the Spanish...Read More

  • 12. Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes

    This convent church in western Toledo was erected by Ferdinand and Isabella to commemorate their victory at the Battle of Toro in 1476. (It was...Read More

  • 13. Antiguo Convento de San Marcos

    Originally a home for knights of the Order of St. James, who patrolled the Camino de Santiago, this monastery was begun in 1513 by the...Read More

  • 14. Basílica de San Vicente

    Where this massive Romanesque basilica stands, it's said that St. Vincent was martyred in 303 AD with his sisters, Sts. Sabina and Cristeta. Construction began...Read More

  • 15. Cartuja de Miraflores

    The plain facade of this 15th-century Carthusian monastery, some 3 km (2 miles) outside the historic center, belies a richly decorated interior. There's an altarpiece...Read More

  • 16. Catedral de Cuenca

    Built in the 12th century atop ruins of a conquered mosque, the cathedral, which looms over the Plaza Mayor, lost its Gothic character in the...Read More

  • 17. Catedral de Sigüenza

    Begun around 1150 and completed in the 16th century, Sigüenza's cathedral combines Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture. Wander from the late-Gothic cloister to a room...Read More

  • 18. Convento de San Clemente

    Founded in 1131, this is Toledo's oldest and largest convent—and it's still in use. The handful of nuns who live here produce sweet wine and...Read More

  • 19. Convento de Santa Teresa

    This Carmelite convent was founded in the 17th century on the site of the St. Teresa's birthplace. Teresa's account of an ecstatic vision, in which...Read More

  • 20. Convento de Santo Domingo el Antiguo

    This 16th-century Cistercian convent houses the earliest of El Greco's Toledo paintings as well as the crypt where the artist is believed to be buried....Read More

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