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Toledo, Spain

Toledo's Roman Circus

The history of Toledo dates back to Roman occupation circa 192 BC. The ruins of the Roman circus are still visible just outside the walls of the city. Roman occupation was followed by Visigoth rule, Muslim rule, and finally the Reconquest of Toledo in 1085 AD. Toledo was the capital of the Spanish empire until the mid 1500s when the royal court moved to Madrid. Plan to visit the Alcazar, which sits atop the town, and the two remaining synagogues; the Sinagoga de Santa Maria la Blanca is especially beautiful. Only three synagogues remain in Spain from before the expulsion of the Jews in the 16th century, two are in Toledo and the third is in Córdoba. The Bullfighting Museum is also an interesting stop but a bit gruesome. A world heritage site, Toledo is definitely worth a visit when in Spain.