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I had the pleasure to visit Toledo with an exquisite guide: Luis (adramad). He convinced me that the trip to Toledo cannot be complete without seeing the interior of this magnificent cathedral. He was right: it was one of the highlights of our trip. I have showed you already my photo of this cathedral’s exterior HERE and a wonderful Baroque altar inside HERE. This time the main altar. More info from Wikipedia was pasted below. In the center of the altar you can spot the nativity scene.

I remember as a child growing up in Poland that we were writing Christmas cards to family members living in other cities. Those we knew we will not be able to see for Christmas. I was quite surprised to see that giving cards is taken to a very different level in the UK or USA. Here you are supposed to give everybody you know a card for any occasion you can imagine. There are hundreds of cards for various occasions in a supermarket. I have heard a wife complaining about her husband “He didn’t even give me a card!” That could only mean one thing: he does not love her anymore... It starts in the nursery, meaning probably when the children are 3 years old or so. Parents get names of other children from the nursery and write card for each child in the name of their child. Now my daughter is 6 so luckily for me she writes all 30 Christmas cards for her school friends herself. Previous company I worked at, was owned by a rich American guy. He purchased a card producing company and every year for Christmas he sends away a personalized Christmas card to every employee around the world (120,000 employees). On the card he shows himself with the closest family members. Since I worked at that company for 6 years I collected 6 cards. On the first one was the photo from the wedding of his son, on the second his daughter-in-law had a little baby, on the third she had a second child and so on. Beautiful gift, one feel almost like a family member. And so here is my Christmas card for you dear TrekEarth members 😊

Retable of the Cathedral of Toledo is an extremely florid Gothic altarpiece; it is one of the last examples of this artistic style, which was disappearing as the Renaissance began to take hold in Spain. Commissioned by Cardinal Cisneros, the work was begun in 1497 and finished in 1504. Among the architects, painters and sculptors who collaborated in this collective masterwork were: Enrique Egas and Pedro Gumiel (design), Francisco de Amberes and Juan de Borgońa (estofado: the technique of finishing sculpture of wood with gilding and punched patterns, and polychromy), Rodrigo Alemán, Felipe Vigarny, Diego Copín de Holanda y Sebastián de Almonacid (religious images), and Joan Peti (carving and filigree).
The retable rises to a great height above the altar; it includes an important statuary and a magnificent, delicate filigree of balusters, spires, small dossals, and chambranles, all done by Joan Peti. It consists of five continuous panels, the center panel being the widest; it is five storeys tall, and the lines of separation are stair-stepped. The themes of the central panel from bottom to top are: the figure of a seated Virgin and Child plated in silver on the predella, above this the tabernacle and a Gothic monstrance carved in wood, then a depiction of the Nativity, and above that, the Ascension. The whole culminates in a monumental scene of Christ's crucifixion at Calvary. Further themes of the life and passion of Jesus are represented on the other panels.

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