Antique print dated 1895. The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a brown frame with mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a gold frame, your choice. RtW.137.
Entitled -Toledo. View from the Western Approach.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Toledo. – Excursions run to this city from the capital and back again in a day, the distance being but 48 miles. Seen from afar the view of Toledo is most imposing. It is built on a rock 1,820ft. above the sea, and the lordly Tagus, boiling through the rent, or Tajo, of the granite mountain, girdles it around, leaving just one approach by the land side, which is defended by the Moorish walls and towers. Inside the city the quaint streets are irregular, badly paved, steep, and crooked. The houses are massive and of Moorish appearance, for the city was 350 years under Saracenic dominion. Each family lives in its own castle, and not in flats, or apartments, as at Madrid. Here, again, we find the Oriental court, over which awnings are drawn in summer; and the Tagus is, indeed, a river, and not a mere dry ditch like the Manzanares. The purest Spanish is spoken in Toledo. In the very heart of the city towers the cathedral, around which cluster hosts of churches and convents, many of which are now silent as tombs. The cenral point of all movement in Toledo is the Plaza do Zocodover, now a favourite promenade. Growing as it were out of the rock are the remains of the Palace Castle, built by Wamba, in 674, in order to command the western approach to the city. This magnificent ruin, the masonry of which is extraordinarily massive, is shown in our view above. On the river bank below is a Moorish arched alcoba with an Arabic inscription. The suburban villas of Toledo (cigarrales, from the Arabic, cegarra, “a place of fruit trees”) are situated on the southern hills, overlooking the wild and melancholy Tagus. This river is 540 miles long; and, so far as its course of 375 miles in Spain is concerned, its waters are almost entirely without life. It is a lonely, unused river.
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