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The city of Toledo is the capital of the province of the same name, and is
also the capital of the Autonomous Community called Castilla-La Mancha. The city
is located at 529 metres above sea level, in the Castillian meseta (plateau),
practically in the centre of the Iberian peninsula. and just 70 kilometers (43
miles) south of Madrid on the N-401 highway.
The historic city centre sits on a craggy rock, which is almost completely
encircled by a wide meander of the Tagus river, called the Tajo in Spanish. The
Roman historian Tito Livio mentioned the city of Toletum, a term whose origin
would be Tollitum, meaning "raised aloft". The city's historic centre is one of
the largest in Spain, and has more than 100 monuments.
Toledo has a typical
continental climate, cold in winter and hot in summer, although slightly
tempered by the presence of the Tajo river flowing around its historic centre.
The months of November and February generally bring the most rainfall, though
not particularly heavy, and snow is unusual.
Although the city is
small in size, it is a leading political, economic and social center, oriented
primarily towards the production of its characteristic crafts and the promotion
and care of its great historical, artistic, and cultural heritage.
With the exception of the mountains along the southern fringe, the province, one of the largest in Spain, is a land of flat terrain devoted primarily to agriculture, livestock and light industry. It is traversed by the Tajo (Tagus) river, on the banks of which the two most important cities can be found, Talavera de la Reina and the capital itself.
In December 1987, the UNESCO declared Toledo a World Heritage city in recognition of its uniqueness.
This is due as much as anything to its special history, since in the past
the city was host to Christian, Islamic and Hebrew culture and the architecture of the
city relects this - being almost impossible to walk its streets without coming across an ancient mosque, a Gothic or Mudejar church,
a Romanesque or Visigothic structure, a synagogue, or a Renaissance palace.
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