On Friday June 15th, the students had their first excursion to Toledo. Armed with a list of important items to find from their culture teacher, we embarked on an all-day adventure through one of Spain’s most popular cities. Here is a shot of the city itself and the whole group upon arrival!
Together as a group, the students first toured the Monastery San Juan de los Reyes. The instructors were thoroughly impressed with the students’ ability to maintain silence during our visit as requested by the monastery due to the monks who still live there. All were impressed by the elaborate details of the architecture and the beauty of the building itself. Here are some interior shots of the monastery.
Following the monastery, we continued on to the Synagogue del Tránsito. This museum highlights the life and influences of the Jews in Spanish culture.
After visiting the synagogue, we visited the Museum Santa Cruz, which highlights some well known Spanish artwork, including that of El Greco.
The group continued on to Toledo’s main cathedral. All were impressed by the highly elaborate and detailed architecture and the treasures housed inside the cathedral itself.
Our day concluded with the Church of Santo Tomé, which houses El Greco’s famous painting “El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz.” While I would love to share pictures with you all, pictures were not allowed of this amazing work. Below you see a shot of the exterior of the building and the group waiting to enter.
In addition to touring, the students had some free time to explore the city of Toledo in groups. Many returned with a variety of souvenirs, including the swords, jewelry, and other craftsmanship for which the city is famous. Though it was a long day full of a TON of walking, I think everyone would agree that it was a great day spent in Toledo and a wonderful way to conclude our first full week here in Spain!