Alcázar of Toledo

Toledo, Spain

The Alcázar of Toledo was originally a Roman palace from the 3rd century, but it was restored under Charles I (Holy Roman Emperor Charles V) and his son Philip II of Spain in the 1540s. In 1521, Hernán Cortés was received by Charles I at the Alcázar, following Cortes' conquest of the Aztecs.

The façades are Renaissance in style, and it has towers and crenellated defences according to a preliminary design by Alonso de Covarrubias, subsequently completed by Juan de Herrera. After the last reconstruction it became the site of the Army offices and museum.

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Founded: 1540s
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Kevin Murphy (10 months ago)
You could spend hours in this place without getting bored. An amazing place for anyone with an interest in military history, particularly from 1492 to 1898.
Ace Nanter (10 months ago)
I was expecting more focus on the Castel itself. The history of Spanish military is actually very interesting but it is not what I came for. It still remains a must go of Toledo and I do recommend you to go! Maybe don't rent the audio guide though which to me didn't brought much more
Sameer Sheikh (10 months ago)
While I didn't go to the military museum, I did go to the library that was at the backside of the building. It was pretty much a standard library, nice quiet study space. It also had a very reasonable cafe on the top floor. But the best past was the absolutely stunning view you get of the town from this place. It has some nice and comfortable chairs that you can sit, read, and get one of the most spectacular views of Toledo, for free! Definitely, one of the town's hidden gems.
Veronica Muscat (10 months ago)
Go first ...as soon as you arrive at Toledo. Proper time to see everything is around 2.5 hours. Worth a visit.
ANTHONY FRIEDMAN (10 months ago)
Beautiful historic building. I didn't go inside due to the lack of time, but the architecture is impressive.
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