(This part of Spain became of fascination for me as the result of reading the novel The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay. Although a fantasy novel, Kay has drawn heavily on this period of Spain and the legend of El Cid to explore how religion both divides and unites men.)
We visited Toledo, the first of these Moorish cities, yesterday. It was once a capital of the Spanish empire and is renowned as a place of the former co-existence of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish cultures.
|Mosque converted into Catholic church|
We caught a bus from Madrid for a day trip, and spent a few hours wandering the cobbled streets... up... down... and lunched in the gorgeous tiled covered courtyard of a local cafe.