San Idelfonso Church

Toledo, Spain

The Iglesia de San Idelfonso is a Baroque style church located in the center of the historic city of Toledo. Its construction took more than 100 years. Work began in 1629 on lands acquired by the Jesuits of Toledo in 1569. It was the birthplace of Saint Ildefonsus.

Its approach followed the example of the Jesuit churches of Palencia and Alcalá de Henares and that of the Church of the Gesù, in Rome. It is the main church of the Company of Jesus. This trace has been attributed to Jan Bautista Monegro, at that time the master of the Cathedral. Jesuit architect Pedro Sánchez, a Jesuit brother, was in charge of the construction of the temple. Sánchez died in 1633 and was replaced by another companion of his order, Francisco Bautista, who built the facade and reredos in Baroque style. In 1669, Bautista left his place to Bartolomé Zumbigo, native architect of Toledo, who finished the towers and the facade.

San Idelfonso was consecrated in 1718, although the sacristy, the main chapel and the octave, which contains the reliquary were incomplete. In 1765, the temple was finally completed under the direction of Jose Hernandez Sierra, architect of Salamanca. Unfortunately for the order of the Jesuits, only two years after the expulsion from Spain by order of king Charles III of Spain under the charge of instigating the Esquilache Riots, which had taken place in 1766.



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Founded: 1629-1718
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Sheila Jaucian (18 months ago)
You may find the relic of San Ildefonso here and nice view of the whole Toledo at the top of this Church
Katharine King (19 months ago)
It locates in the beautiful Toledo. If you step onto top of the bell tower, the view is so spectacular that can take your breath away.
Bob Plunkett (19 months ago)
Pop in the front door and walk toward the ticket counter. Stop and look around. You just saw everything there is - for free.
carolina anselmino (20 months ago)
Awesome visit!! Toledo from its roofs it's wonderful. Get the bracelet for 9 euros you can access quite a few monuments. Most of them are not masterpieces but worth a quick visit..
David Maddison (21 months ago)
This is the best church to visit in Toledo - primarily you get the most value for your money and it’s not as busy as the other hotspots. An easy climb of the church’s tower will give you the best views of the cathedral and alcazar on the horizon. The church also has a whole collection of beautiful golden deus’.
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