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Alcázar of Toledo

Cuesa Carlos V 2,
Castilla-La Mancha
92 522 30 38

Type: Historical Interest
Addmission Fee: €2.00
Hours: Tues.-Sun. 9:30 am-2:30 pm

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The Alcázar is a great square of brick construction with four steeple towers at each corner, situated on the highest perch in the city, which has long served as a fortress, though not in its current incarnation. Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Christians all took part in building, altering and extending the various forts on this site. The present-day citadel, which serves as a regional library (books) and military museum (showcasing swords, shields, armor, guns, etc.), is a reconstruction of the Christian rendition built during the reign of King Carlos V. The original was almost completely destroyed in a series of struggles, the War of Succession, the Napoleonic Wars and the Spanish Civil War, when the fascists took refuge inside. You can listen to a crackling tape recording of General Moscardó – whose son the Republicans had threatened to assassinate if he did not surrender the alcázar – telling his son to prepare to die.

Last updated March 2, 2012
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