Catedral Primada
Catedral Primada
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One of the most imposing cathedrals in Spain, and a superb example of Gothic architecture.
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  • Patty B
    Nashville, Tennessee1,439 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Miss It
    We happened to be there on Palm Sunday. The cathedral didn't open till 2PM. It was very busy, we enjoyed seeing the people outside with the largest palm fonds we ever seen. some as tall as the people carrying them. We got our tickets and went inside. We found the audio we had a tad confusing. Seemed to be quite a bit misdirection of the sights. We still found it to be fabulous. Such a magnificent structure to see.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Kendot52
    Denton, Texas406 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Catedral Primada in Toledo, Spain
    This is the largest cathedral in Spain. It is beautiful with beautiful windows, statuary, and carvings. Construction began in 1226. The interior is massive and laid out differently than most cathedrals in that it isn't really in the shape of the cross. There are 10 organs in the church and the choir is in the middle of the building instead of at the end. Worth a visit for sure.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • jeff1955malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia6,137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing cathedral
    The Primada de toledo Cathedral even though is the second largest cathedral in Spain, it is considered the most important church in Spain because of its history. The most important Catholic prelates have resided here over the ages. The inside is amazing.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Seeking True Quality
    Europe4,753 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very important Cathedral with so much to present
    The Primada was the focal point of our walking tour in Toledo! Our guide was very eloquent during the tour, but when we finally arrived at the Cathedral it became obvious that her true passion has always been the Primada! "Yes, I am biased, but for me, this is the most beautiful and most important Cathedral in the world!" She was a treasure trove of information! We learned a detailed history of all the religious buildings erected there. A Visigothic church was consecrated there in 587 for a second time and Toledo became the episcopal seat of Spain. After the Muslim invasion, the Visigothic church was demolished and the main mosque was erected. In 1085 the city was reconquered by the Christians, but the mosque was not demolished - it became a church. In 1088 it was recognized as the primatial cathedral over the rest of the kingdom (hence its name: La Primada). The building of the present-day Cathedral began in 1227 and finished in 1493. The church is huge: 120 meters long, almost 60 meters wide and 45 meters in height. It has five naves. We admired the exquisite and enormous main altar, with a bearded Muslim among the Christian saints: Abu Walid who accepted the Christian rule in the name of the Muslim community and effectively prevented bloodshed! We were granted access to the beautifully carved seats of the choir and could admire the craftsmanship of those skilled artisans. From there we enjoyed a special, close-up view of the organ. After visiting the choir, we walked down the ambulatory and visited the special El Transparente, an oculus, circular window, casting light to the back of the main altar. Those members of our group who believed in it could touch the stone on which there was an alleged apparition of the Virgin to Saint Ildefons. We also visited the Sacristy and saw some valuable works by El Greco, van Dyck, Goya, Titian, Caravaggio, Giovanni Bellini... Finally, we arrived at the Golden Monstrance of Arfe! This giant religious artefact is almost indescribable: created by Heinrich von Harff (Enrique de Arfe), in the shape of a gothic church, it contains 5600 pieces connected by 12500 bolts. The whole delicate structure is made of 18 kg of gold (allegedly the first gold brought back to Europe by Columbus) and 183 kg of silver! The height of it is 310 cm and the maximum width is 107 cm. It is almost unbelievable that it is carried every year in a procession on the feast day of Corpus Chisti throughout Toledo.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Dr. Dave
    New York City, New York174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    INDESCRIBABLE & AMAZING
    One word…. INDESCRIBABLE!!! Of all the Basilica’s that we have seen, and we have seen a lot in Spain, this one is just an all day overwhelming, mind overloading beautiful, and historic masterpiece!!! If you enjoy this type of sightseeing then get ready for an all day event to attempt to take it all in!!!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 11, 2023
  • RjessMMM
    Vancouver, Washington563 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular church
    My wife and I absolutely love Gothic churches and have had the pleasure if visiting numerous ones throughout Europe. While the exterior may not be as impressive as ones in Milan, Florence and Cologne for instance, the interior was absolutely amazing and breath taking. We visited on a Saturday in November and with the church opening up at 10am, we lined up at 10am sharp to buy tickets which are right across the church itself. There were maybe 10 people in front of us. Our biggest fear especially for a weekend was the masses of day tour groups arriving saturating the area and creating a noise blanket that ruins the experience of being in church. We expected to stay 30 minutes and stayed over an hour. There is so much to look at and I can’t imagine how selective we would have been during the days of film cameras. This was very peaceful and we enjoyed every minute of such. By the time we left there were dozens of tour groups both in and out of the cathedral. As such I would recommend getting there early as your priority for the day assuming like us you stayed in the city for a couple of days. Would 100% return the next time we were in the area. Enjoy.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • MammaBear60
    Warkworth, Canada218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely awe-inspiring
    Comments in previous reviews have said it all. During our eight days in Spain we visited Madrid, Avila, Segovia, Barcelona, Girona and Figueres. Our visit to this cathedral was what we liked best. Highly recommend you plan a trip to Toledo if you are visiting Spain.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 14, 2023
  • HighClub
    United States87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing cathedral
    Amazing cathedral! One of the best I have visited. I was in St Peter's Basilica a couple of weeks prior to visiting here and they are both amazing to see. Also, it is a great way to avoid the heat in the summer, but most importantly it is inspiring to see the beauty and craftsmanship of the cathedral. Truly impressive!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 26, 2023
  • patjaniak
    Warsaw, Poland178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Astonishing
    Wow, just wow. Even today, you can feel some kind od mystery, covered in this place. Cathedral is one of the biggest and mystic from all i every seen. For me most interestings was whe this place. Of course, architekturę detalis are amazing, but this place make me thing about absolut. Just walking around was great experience. Of course IT is a live place, so remeber if there is a devotion, you can't just enter
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 16, 2023
  • traveldad2018
    New York City, New York207 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really amazing; 200+ years to build
    Really worth hiring a guide (or group tour), if possible. We were told that it took over 200 years to build. Once inside, this is understandable. Looks expansive from the outside, but it’s still difficult to get a sense of the grandeur without stepping inside. Very interesting side rooms as well, with art from great painters such as Velasquez and Goya, among others. Made our trip to Toledo.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 10, 2024
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megcram
Munich, Germany185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It’s the main tourist attraction, and costs more than the others. The audio guide is available in many languages and is included with the ticket price -10€

We did most of the audio guide, but were not able to finish. It was quite dramatic, and offered a lot of info about the beautiful and impressive cathedral.

The tower is currently under construction, so you cannot visit now.
Written February 23, 2020
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kunfushuss
Pennsylvania466 contributions
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May 2022
I've been to several Cathedrals in Europe and a few in Spain, and this is one of the middle-to-upper end in terms of size and gaudiness. It houses impressive art including El Greco, Van Dyck, and Carravagio; has some impressively painted rooms; and lots of great sculpture. Definitely worth a stop.

To get in you need to buy a ticket across the road from the entry in a gift shop of sorts. For the audioguide (same building), you need to leave 50euro or an ID (they said 'a library card or something') as collateral until you return it.
Written May 31, 2022
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Greg1717
London, UK137 contributions
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Feb 2023 • Friends
Toledo’s imposing cathedral is a vast, amazing treasure-trove that needs at least 2 hours to properly explore and appreciate.

There’s the gobsmacking main altarpiece, the ornate chapels, the extraordinary El Grecos, the eye-popping Transparente, the strange mythologies, the gloomy crypt, the giant St Christopher etc etc…

Happily, the audio guide comes as part of the ticket, and it’s worth listening to it all then wandering around a couple of times without all the noise in your ears.

Expect a neck-ache from all the staring you’ll be doing…
Written February 18, 2023
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Croydontel1
Croydon, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Have visited many cathedrals over the years, including St Paul’s, Canterbury, Norte Dame, St Basils even St Peter’s Rome to name a few but this place beats them all. It’s huge and breathtaking. The entry fee includes an audio guide and don’t go in without it. If you’re lucky you hear a service taking place with singing, though some of the clergy are not on note. You can see why this is Spain’s premier cathedral, beating Seville and Granada’s cathedrals. The architecture is astounding, you wonder how they managed to build it back then without modern technology. I doubt today’s craftsmen have the full range of skills to replicate the design. No visit is complete without a visit to this beautiful building, even if like me I’m an ex-catholic now practicing atheist.
Written March 20, 2023
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LoveToTravelTerrie
Frisco, TX1,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This was truly an impressive church! It was jaw dropping stunningly gorgeous to me! The line to get in after lunch on a Sunday in December was about 100 feet down the sidewalk but it moved fast. Despite the long line, it was not crowded once we got inside. Entrance cost €5. We were given free audio headsets since there was no English guide available. I found the audio guide difficult because it was hard to find the object that was being described in this church with an overwhelming amount of artifacts and objects. There were also no maps in English (I only saw Spanish) but there was a bilingual magazine offered for free. It was the most popular place in Toledo the day we were there for good reason.
Written January 21, 2020
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CazsTravellingFeet
San Miguel de Salinas, Spain77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
This cathedral is beautiful. The carvings adorn every wall, silver and gold are liberally splashed about and there are lots of pictures of dead white guys. Great for a wander to appreciate the beautiful building. €10 entry seems a fair price for such a monument.
Written July 20, 2020
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Kaylee
Paris, France480 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
One of the best carhedrals i have seen in a long time. Beautiful interior. You can visit for at least 2 hours if you want to. Current price was 10€ with free audio guide (we didnt use the audio guide as we were short on time). Well worth the pricy entrance fee.
Written October 9, 2021
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Bernie H
Ennis, Ireland194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
This gothic masterpiece is spectacular in its splendour and grandeur. The detailing in the choir and ornate main chapel is truly stunning. The stand-out feature of the cathedral for me was not all the amazing gothic architecture but the baroque window high in the roof and the stunning sculptures in the lightwell it creates. The other stunning piece is the amazing monstrance fashioned in gold with enormous precious stones.
Written February 17, 2020
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ11,821 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
A highlight of my visit to Toledo was visiting this breathtaking structure which dates back to 1226 AD. It was fascinating to see the different entry “portals” with their distinct architecture. It was interesting to learn that perhaps the simplest portal was the oldest—the clock gate. However, it was the main entrance, known as the “Portal of Forgiveness” that I found most impressive with its detailed images framing this central entrance on the main façade.

When I visited the tower was being renovated, but the scaffolding in no way diminished the majesty of this magnificent cathedral. Tours of the cathedral are available with various language audio guides. This is a must see site when exploring Toledo.
Written April 7, 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,890 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Opposite the cathedral side door was a sign for Entrada, no, not the entrance but the ticket line. But there are two lines, there must be two windows selling tickets. No, one is for the ticket, the other line is for the free audio guide. So, after the ticket you have to join the other line for the FREE audio guide. ID needed, Spanish may need to carry ID all the time, most don't. No ID, leave a deposit, €50!!! And do most people carry headphones with them? Buy headphones 50c. Annoying and add expensive compared to many cathedrals.
The cathedral was very good indeed with the church and many side chapels and additionally rooms with great art and of course the Monstrance of Arfe, also known as La Gran Ostensoria de Toledo, made of the finest silver and gold and bejeweled with gems standing 3 metres high.
Written October 13, 2021
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