Category Archives: Toledo

Giddy-up, Aristotle

This looks like a medieval version of Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly singing “True Love.” But it isn’t anything like that. Those aren’t earphones or the man’s microphone but a…bridle. The woman is riding him. She is Phyllis the Courtesan … Continue reading

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No Place Like Toledo, Spain

There is no place like it in all the world. Look at El Greco’s unforgettable painting first. Then this photograph: The whole city is a sort of natural castle with a moat, the Tagus River, in a deep gorge around … Continue reading

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A Pleasure Palace and a Clock

Just outside Toledo, near the river before it flows around the city, there is a small, delicate palace built by a Moorish king or governor in the eighth century. He built it for his daughter, the Princess Galiana. Its flowered … Continue reading

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The Moors Are Coming

The last people to leave the town of Segóbriga had to pack up in a hurry and head for the fortified town of Uclés, eight miles away. There was no time to lose because the Moors were coming. The Moors … Continue reading

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A Roman Villa (Part 2)

Excavators slowly unearthed the mysterious mansion and the basilica of Carranque, Spain. Meanwhile, Dimas Fernandez-Galiano, the head archaeologist, worked in the National Library digging up information on Maternus Cynegius, its possible owner. He found some juicy facts. In the Consularia … Continue reading

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Roman Concrete

There is nothing harder than old Roman concrete. Around the former empire you still see their walls and constructions of all kinds made of poured concrete. Remains of the grandstands of the Roman circus at Toledo, Spain (file photo) They … Continue reading

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