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“Waste of money”
Review of Hospital de Tavera

Hospital de Tavera
Ranked #36 of 118 things to do in Toledo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed May 11, 2014

You pay 6€ to see the small, but albeit interesting old pharmacy, with a guide who only speaks Spanish, and no photos allowed... and an ordinary church and 5 paintings..... It costs less to visit Orsay in Paris where you can easily spend most of the day .

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Reviewed March 13, 2014

The museum advertises that it closes for lunch between 1330 and 1500 which is kind of frustrating when you have only a couple of days in the city.

We arrived at 1500, the front door was open but there was nobody at the ticket desk. There was still nobody there half an hour later when we left.

Staff and what appeared to be researchers came and went - they said it would be opening but would not help locate anyone to help.

It may have some beautiful objects but we didn't get to see them.......

3  Thank Andrew_and_Yoko
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

There was not too much info available here. You could visit the original pharmacy or just get a ticket to wander round which included the church and the crypt underneath (a little scary). We were the only people there so got some great photos. A good quick visit before heading in to the main town.

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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Costing 4.5 euros each, my husband and I and 2 friends took the opportunity to visit one of the apparently lesser known attractions in Toledo as we ended up with our own personal tour guide!
Starting in the chapel, which was surprisingly light and bright, we were directed down some steps into the crypt. We didn't really know what to expect but were surprised to encounter an experience that puts St Paul's whispering gallery in the shade.
The slightest whisper or footstep echoed around the crypt and stepping on a slightly loose floor tile gave a crack that sounded like a rifle shot.
After visiting the chapel we joined our Spanish tour guide who first showed us into the pharmacy that was used by the hospital (no longer in use) and we were able to view bottles, tools and instruments that were centuries old. We then visited the rooms once occupied by Toledo's ruling family and were able to view works of art painted by El Greco and other Spanish artists.
The guide brought everything to life with a great commentary and the library in particular was very impressive.
Provided with as much time as we wanted to revisit the chapel (the resting place of the powerful Cardinal Tavera) and to explore the outside of the building once the official tour had finished, it is a highly recommended visit.

1  Thank JillA976
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

I reached it in the afternoon, just as the staff was reopening the palace after the midday break. This meant that there were only 4 of us visiting. I took my time taking pictures of the loggias - the only place where picture taking is allowed. Photography is not allowed in the church, crypt and the rooms. The church and crypt can be visited at leisure - the crypt is very atmospheric and, frankly, creepy, which adds to the attraction of the place, providing a bit of a thrill for some. The staff were very keen to inform us about the place and let us know when it was time to join the guide for a tour of the rooms. We were joined by a fifth person by then, but still a small group, no need to push to the front to hear the guide. Interesting collection of paintings (incuding El Greco), tapestry and furniture, although not exactly a cheerful, homely place. Worth the detour for the architecture, paintings, but also the history of the place, as it was built as a new type of hospital with smaller rooms, communicating with the loggias, rather than the large, poorly ventilated rooms of the older Hospital de Santa Cruz in Toledo.

3  Thank Mainvision
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