Toledo, a World Heritage City. A small accessible city that captures the wealth of Spain’s history better than any other.
Its architecture is spectacular and it is home to one of the greatest concentrations of art in all of Europe. It may well be said that the city is a monument in itself.
Yet it also has a lively modern vibe: a reference point to both the past and the future. It is home to a vibrant craft market where traditional skills are valued and actively promoted. Toledo steel is known throughout the world. The range and quality of hand-crafted products from table ware to hunting knives and even regimental swords is unique. As are its ceramics, leather ware and damasquine ware that has its origins in the Islamic conquests of Middle Ages.
Toledo is also noted for its contemporary cuisine, fine wines and traditional artisan foods and unique marzipan that also forms a part of its Islamic heritage. In 2016 Toledo was chosen as the Spanish Gastronomy Capital;a world of tempations awaits foodies and traditionalists alike.
Throughout its long history, Toledo has been famed by many and colourful epithets. These provide a kind of register of its historic importance and include such evocative nomenclature as:: land of Don Quixote, Capital of the Visigothic Spain, City of the Three Cultures, Jerusalem of the West, Crucible of magic and the dark arts, Spain’s Cathedral City, Sephardic Centre Arabic labyrinth, inspiration of El Greco, citadel of El Cid, Imperial City, kingdom of legends…
To study in Toledo is to experience an explosion of cultures.