The Alcázar of Toledo is a stone fortification located in the highest part of Toledo, Spain. Once used as a Roman palace in the 3rd century, it was restored under Charles I and Philip II of Spain in the 1540s.
In 1521, Hernán Cortés was received by Charles I at the Alcázar, following Cortes' conquest of the Aztecs.
During the Spanish Civil War, Colonel José Moscardó Ituarte held the building against overwhelming Spanish Republican forces in the Siege of the Alcázar.
The incident became a central piece of Spanish Nationalist lore, especially the story of Moscardó's son Luis. The Republicans took 16-year old Luis hostage, and demanded that the Alcázar be surrendered or they would kill him. Luis told his father, "Surrender or they will shoot me." His father replied, "Then commend your soul to God, shout 'Viva Cristo Rey' and die like a hero."
Moscardó refused to surrender. Contemporary reports indicated that the Republicans then murdered Moscardó's son. Other historians have reported that Luis was not in fact shot until a month later "in reprisal for an air raid". The dramatic story also camouflages the fact that the fate of a number of male hostages, mainly from the Guardia Civil, taken into the Alcázar at the beginning of the siege is unclear. Some sources say the men "were never heard of again". However at least one journalist who visited the Alcázar in the immediate aftermath of its liberation saw a number of prisoners chained to a railing in a cellar.
The events of the Spanish Civil War at the Alcázar made the structure a symbol for Spanish Nationalism and inspired the naming of El Alcázar, a far-right newspaper that began during the civil war and ended during the Spanish transition to democracy as the mouthpiece for Búnker, a faction of Francoists who opposed reform after Francisco Franco's death.
By the end of the siege, the building had been severely damaged. After the war, it was rebuilt and now houses the Castilla-La Mancha Regional Library ("Biblioteca Autonómica") and the Museum of the Army ("Museo del Ejército"), the latter having previously been housed in the Salón de Reinos in Madrid to the Alcázar.
The picture is taken from a friend's balcony where we were all sitting a warm June late afternoon, enjoying tapas and white wine!
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pajaran (55065) 2013-01-15 11:51
Dobar tekst o Katedrali sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled u noci, preko krova ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Good article on the Cathedral with the given data ...
Nice view of the night, through the roof ...
Good image sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Good composition, nice revealed.
Good evening and all the best.
brianmcc (6219) 2013-01-15 12:06
the cathedral is so well illuminated by the lights around it to contrast it superbly against the darkness of the night sky. the blue tones around the bright brickwork is also fantastic. great viewpoint looking over the roof tops.
have a lovely evening,
saxo042 (37692) 2013-01-15 13:52
A very good contrast between the dark blue surrounding and the illuminated cathedral far awy. Television antennas may not be beautiful but here they add to the daily life scenery that is indicated in this picture. Beautiful colours!
PaulVDV (24429) 2013-01-15 14:04
Great POV for this view over the roofs of Toledo.
But the illuminated building we see here is the Alcázar of Toledo, the biggest fortification in town.
The cathedral isn't visible on this picture. It is situated a little to the west of the alcázar (more to the left of this photo).
Just google for a picture of the cathedral of Toledo and you will see that it's a completely different building with a completely different architecture.
Best regards, Paul
fabbs99 (16817) 2013-01-15 17:59
Amazing shot of the building with excellent sharpness and clarity.It is a very creative photo, well seen and executed-well.Very well done.
Silvio1953 (130430) 2013-01-16 7:24
Ciao Eleni, favolosa ora blu con l'Alcazar, magnificamente illuminato, hai fotografato in primo piano il tetto di Toledo con la più alta demnsità di antenne, però non ci sta mica male, brava, ciao Silvio
danos (90395) 2013-01-16 9:45
Ελένη γεια σου,
απ' ότι βλέπω φτωχογειτονιές υπάρχουν γύρω από το καλοφωτισμένο Alcázar στο Τολέδο,που δεσπόζει της περιοχής,τουλάχιστον στο μπροστινό μέρος της φωτογραφίας.Η ώρα αυτή είναι η πιό καλή από φωτογραφικής πλευράς γιατί φαίνεται το μπλε τ΄ουρανού κάνοντας το σκηνικό πολύ ελκυστικό.
cornejo (35883) 2013-01-16 10:39
Hola querida Eleni, el Alcazar se ve muy bonito iluminado en esta buena foto, pero lo que tienes en primer lugar es la Nasa con tantas antenas de todo tipo y tamaño, la calidad de imagen es buena pero la distración es mucha, interesante trabajo amiga mia, mis felicitaciones. Gracias por compartir.
Buena tarde y feliz resto de semana.
Un cordial abrazo.
mesutilgim (89126) 2013-01-16 11:53
Hello dear Eleni,
Here I'm again ! By the way I've received your mail.
This blue hour capture from Toled is very nice.
The antennas and the laundry hung to dry up completes your compo perfectly.
TFS and best regards
kasianowak (7565) 2013-01-17 1:10
Unusual urban nightscape. Interesting foreground with drying washing. The aerials give the surrounding a modern context.
Didi (59078) 2013-01-18 10:08
Je note ici un parfait contrôle des lumières à l'heure bleue
Dommage qu'il ne soit pas possible de retirer les antennes TV :)
ikeharel (62989) 2013-03-21 9:13
Roof-tops night scenery on Toledo, the town in spain that has the most of Jewish history until the 15th century, than in 1492 a big athnic-deportation taken place. There are jwes around the world routes from there and called by family name "Toledano" - meaning "Toledo - NO!", swarn never to return to this town. We had a tour guide his ancestor from there - and when visited Toledo, he asked to be replaced for the day.
Anyhow, your photo was taken from a best POV and inspite os the TV antenas ( modern life sign) it doe's look great.
abmdsudi (46928) 2013-07-03 20:50
Super view point and compo with the warm glowing fortification well set off against the dark night hour. You are right to include glimpses of foreground while keeping the main interest in focus. Interesting lengthy description accompanying this shot, a beautifully taken lively image in excellent clarity. An excellent low light shot. Congrats
- Copyright: eleni mavrandoni (elenimavrandoni) (14209)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix P4 VR
- Exposure: f/2.7, 1/4 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-15 11:41