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Massive Moorish Horseshoe Arch Connects Toledo to the Alcazar

Beautiful, massive, Moorish, horseshoe arch was the original doorway through Todeldo's city walls... read more

Reviewed December 21, 2017
Brian G
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Pacific Grove, California
Interesting, only a little

The guide said the arch is left from an old building that was destroyed. The old fort was from the... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2018
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed October 6, 2017

Located to one side of Zocodover Plaza, this arch leads to some steps down to a statue of the author of Don Quizote (who also wrote other novels …).

Compared to the other arches in Toledo, this one has nothing much to recommend it.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed October 1, 2017

This is just a gate, off the Plaza Mayor to the Cervantes street, and not one of the better arches or gates in town.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

El Arco de la Sangre is just before the entrance to the Plaza de Zocodover and was the main gate to the city of Toledo during the Moor's occupation - thus the Mudéjar architecture curved arch look. Worth a quick visit if you are near the plaza, especially if you combine it with the nearby Statue of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of novel about Don Quixote The statue is (just below the stairs leading into El Arco de la Sangre)

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed June 22, 2017

When viewed from the plaza side the arch is quite noticeable. A closer look and you will find a great bronze statue of Cervantes at the bottom of the stairs. Good photo op here.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed June 20, 2017

There was no gruesome butchery here, no bull fights. Reference to “Sangre” is the Blood of Christ. The thing is, Arabs conquered Spain in 711AD, and this was the main gate to the city of Toledo (pronounced Toe-láy-doe). Note the distinctive rounded arch, typical Moorish/Arabic architecture. The steps leading to the gate were intended to deter invasion by soldiers. Now those steps deter visitors with recent joint replacement surgery☺

At the bottom of the steps is a life-size statue of Cervantes, author of the 1604 first edition novel then titled ‘The Ingenious Knight of La Mancha’. Think of Don Quixote who titled at imaginary windmills. Appropriately, the Arch leads to Cervantes Street. Inside the arch (the city wall is about 12 feet thick) lies the Jewish Quarter, the oldest part of Toledo. This is far more than a simple arch. It was the first defensive portal of the city almost a thousand years ago. That it survived Spain’s civil war and two world wars makes it significant. After all, aren’t the Egyptian Pyramids only a pile of rocks?

Date of experience: May 2017
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