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I went to Toledo at the weekend – Spain’s old capital, not the one in Ohio – specifically to take a photograph like this. I had seen an image of the historic Toledo skyline at dusk in a coffee table photo book and thought I would try to capture something similar.

I’d guessed that the picture I saw was taken from the Alcazar, but knew I wouldn’t be allowed up its ramparts at night, so after some extensive Internet research I managed to identify a hotel that was just on the cathedral side of the Alcazar which had a roof terrace. And it was from there that I took this shot.

That is the cathedral illuminated on the left and the church of San Ildefonso on the right.

I waited for the sun to go down whilst having dinner in a little restaurant in the street that you can see partly illuminated in the bottom right, and after finishing my traditional Spanish seafood paella, washed down by a jug of Sangria, I headed up to the roof terrace with my camera and tripod. The weather was perfect. It had been a hot day with a clear blue sky, and now some cloud had appeared, but not enough to block the colours in the sky. However, as the light started to fade, only the lights of San Ildefonso came on - the cathedral was just a black silhouette.

I had almost given up hope that the cathedral would be illuminated, when suddenly its floodlights came on and I had just one or two minutes to shoot this before the orange colour on the horizon disappeared and the blue sky turned to black.

Luck was with me and my weekend mission was accomplished!

As you can see from this, the roof terrace of the hotel had a great view over the old city, and I went up there several times early and late in the day to shoot photos in different light, but not once did I see anyone else up there. The terrace was always deserted. The other hotel guests obviously didn´t know what they were missing because this was one of the best views in Toledo.

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