Santo Tomé Church

Toledo, Spain

The Iglesia de Santo Tomé is a church located in the historical center of the Toledo, and was founded after the reconquest of this city by King Alfonso VI of León. It appears quoted in the 12th century, as constructed on the site of an old mosque of the 11th century. This mosque, together with other mosques in the city, were used as Christian churches without major changes, since in the taking of the city there was no destruction of buildings.

However, at the beginning of the 14th century, being in a ruinous state was totally rebuilt in charge of Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo, Lord of Orgaz and the old minaret of the mosque was transformed into a bell tower in Mudéjar style. Its fame is mainly due to the fact that it contains the painting The Burial of the Count of Orgaz by El Greco, which can be seen by accessing the back of church.

Santo Tomé has two baroque reredos, one plateresque and a baptismal font of the 16th century. It highlights an image of the Virgin Mary of 12th century and the reredos with Ionic elements of the greater chapel of the 19th century, that replaced an earlier churrigueresque, in this reredos is in its central part a painting, 'The unbelief of St. Thomas', by the painter Vicente López Portaña.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Colin McHattie (5 months ago)
Iglesia de Santo Tomé with the amazing El Greco painting of the burial of the Count of Orgaz. Don’t miss it.
Michael Lee (6 months ago)
Search Google for "Visita turística El Entierro del Señor de Orgaz" for the hours to see the El Greco painting. There is a separate ticketed entrance to see one of El Greco's most famous paintings (Senor de el Orgaz). The hours for this and the Church may differ.
Nick Babyak (7 months ago)
The El Greco painting is special, but the rest of the church isn’t. 3€ entry
David Phipps (8 months ago)
Small but beautiful especially when deserted and you can admire the el Greco painting
Jim Beam (13 months ago)
Who am I to give stars to this masterpiece?
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