Catedral Primada
Catedral Primada
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One of the most imposing cathedrals in Spain, and a superb example of Gothic architecture.
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  • Croydontel1
    Croydon, United Kingdom44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best in the world?
    Have visited many cathedrals over the years, including St Paul’s, Canterbury, Norte Dame, St Basils even St Peter’s Rome to name a few but this place beats them all. It’s huge and breathtaking. The entry fee includes an audio guide and don’t go in without it. If you’re lucky you hear a service taking place with singing, though some of the clergy are not on note. You can see why this is Spain’s premier cathedral, beating Seville and Granada’s cathedrals. The architecture is astounding, you wonder how they managed to build it back then without modern technology. I doubt today’s craftsmen have the full range of skills to replicate the design. No visit is complete without a visit to this beautiful building, even if like me I’m an ex-catholic now practicing atheist.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Emily
    London, United Kingdom378 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Stunning
    Truly stunning cathedral, both inside & out. Audio guide is 90 minutes long and provides some great insight. There is so much to see, including a lot of artwork, and interesting architecture. I only had an hour and this wasn't enough time to fully appreciate - I recommend longer. Fully recomend.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 26 March 2023
  • lozbad
    Bristol, United Kingdom47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Toledo must see
    One of the must sees in Toledo for me. The audio tour was great (although I did find having to leave 50 euros or membership card for it a bit odd) and worth taking the time to do as there was lots that I would have missed without it. The artwork was just breathtaking.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 28 March 2023
  • sheepygold
    5,583 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A MUST see. Allow 1.5 hours with the free audio guide
    I have been here before so knew what to expect. I used the free audio guide ( although you need to leave a hefty Euro 50 deposit). The guide is very informative if a little hard to follow the locations in places. Using the guide and having a good look around I spent nearly 2 hours here as it is quite unbelievable.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 March 2023
  • osnoopy13
    Lilburn, Georgia287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Religious Cathedral
    If you’re in Toledo do not miss this amazing church. Everywhere you look there is something amazing. The choir room, the stained glass windows, the vaulted and painted ceiling. The side relic statues. It dates back to the early days of the Christian movement. Took from 1200-1400 to complete I believe.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 April 2023
  • John R
    Greater Melbourne, Australia86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed.
    No better way to spend a couple of hours in Toledo. A magnificent monument to past times, beautifully described in the accompanying audio guide. Nobody visiting Toledo should miss this, believer and non-believer alike.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 June 2023
  • Patty B
    Nashville, Tennessee1,463 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Miss It
    We happened to be there on Palm Sunday. The cathedral didn't open till 2PM. It was very busy, we enjoyed seeing the people outside with the largest palm fonds we ever seen. some as tall as the people carrying them. We got our tickets and went inside. We found the audio we had a tad confusing. Seemed to be quite a bit misdirection of the sights. We still found it to be fabulous. Such a magnificent structure to see.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Kendot52
    Denton, Texas389 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Catedral Primada in Toledo, Spain
    This is the largest cathedral in Spain. It is beautiful with beautiful windows, statuary, and carvings. Construction began in 1226. The interior is massive and laid out differently than most cathedrals in that it isn't really in the shape of the cross. There are 10 organs in the church and the choir is in the middle of the building instead of at the end. Worth a visit for sure.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 3 August 2023
  • jeff1955malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia5,278 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing cathedral
    The Primada de toledo Cathedral even though is the second largest cathedral in Spain, it is considered the most important church in Spain because of its history. The most important Catholic prelates have resided here over the ages. The inside is amazing.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Seeking True Quality
    Europe3,149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very important Cathedral with so much to present
    The Primada was the focal point of our walking tour in Toledo! Our guide was very eloquent during the tour, but when we finally arrived at the Cathedral it became obvious that her true passion has always been the Primada! "Yes, I am biased, but for me, this is the most beautiful and most important Cathedral in the world!" She was a treasure trove of information! We learned a detailed history of all the religious buildings erected there. A Visigothic church was consecrated there in 587 for a second time and Toledo became the episcopal seat of Spain. After the Muslim invasion, the Visigothic church was demolished and the main mosque was erected. In 1085 the city was reconquered by the Christians, but the mosque was not demolished - it became a church. In 1088 it was recognized as the primatial cathedral over the rest of the kingdom (hence its name: La Primada). The building of the present-day Cathedral began in 1227 and finished in 1493. The church is huge: 120 meters long, almost 60 meters wide and 45 meters in height. It has five naves. We admired the exquisite and enormous main altar, with a bearded Muslim among the Christian saints: Abu Walid who accepted the Christian rule in the name of the Muslim community and effectively prevented bloodshed! We were granted access to the beautifully carved seats of the choir and could admire the craftsmanship of those skilled artisans. From there we enjoyed a special, close-up view of the organ. After visiting the choir, we walked down the ambulatory and visited the special El Transparente, an oculus, circular window, casting light to the back of the main altar. Those members of our group who believed in it could touch the stone on which there was an alleged apparition of the Virgin to Saint Ildefons. We also visited the Sacristy and saw some valuable works by El Greco, van Dyck, Goya, Titian, Caravaggio, Giovanni Bellini... Finally, we arrived at the Golden Monstrance of Arfe! This giant religious artefact is almost indescribable: created by Heinrich von Harff (Enrique de Arfe), in the shape of a gothic church, it contains 5600 pieces connected by 12500 bolts. The whole delicate structure is made of 18 kg of gold (allegedly the first gold brought back to Europe by Columbus) and 183 kg of silver! The height of it is 310 cm and the maximum width is 107 cm. It is almost unbelievable that it is carried every year in a procession on the feast day of Corpus Chisti throughout Toledo.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
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Tommy C
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We have been to many beautiful cathedrals and this has to be the top one, we had been two years earlier and went back to Toledo mostly to see it again. Tickets are sold in a shop behind the back entrance and it's well worth the ticket price. Give yourself enough time to enjoy the amazing workmanship throughout and soak up the beauty of the artwork on display. It's not to be missed.
Written 25 February 2024
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top-trippers
Bolton, UK641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
There is an admission charge (€12). If you want to avoid the crowds and queues, go as soon as it opens, or in the early evening. It gets very busy, so you might want to pre-book tickets. There are few signposts or exhibit labels - to make the most of your visit take a guide, get the official audio-guide (from the Catedral shop) or do some advance research. Aside from the usual dress code, mobile phones must be switched off, and photography, food, and drinks are not allowed. Allow enough time – whilst you can whizz through in 45 mins with a guide, you can easily spend 2 hours here.

The mainly gothic external architecture is somewhat obscured by the surrounding buildings, but it is worth taking the time to check out some of the ornate doorways. Initially, the interior seems strikingly vast and serene, but rather plain (do not be fooled). The ‘must do’ highlights include: the 10-foot-high gilded monstrance (in the form of a gothic tower, with exquisitely intricate filigree, including architectural detail such as pinnacles, and gargoyles); the choir with its beautifully carved stalls; the monumental gilded and polychromed carved main altarpiece; the Sacristy with its beautifu fresco ceiling and works by El Greco and other famous Masters; the Chapter House (decorated from floor to ceiling with beautiful frescoes and paintings, including two by Goya); and the El Transparente altarpiece which is bathed in ethereal light from the circular window which was cut into the Cathedral rear wall for that precise purpose. There is so much more to see and admire (such as the Treasury and the various chapels) and you can also learn about several interesting legends and traditions. There is a small souvenir shop and café and clean toilets. At the time of our visit, two of El Greco’s 16 apostle paintings were out on loan to an exhibition in Milan which is due to run to 9 February 2024.
Written 28 January 2024
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Margie D
York, PA729 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Second largest cathedral in Spain, construction beginning 1226 and completing 250 years later. So beautiful inside with smiling Madonna. Definitely visit!
My pictures are vertical as it was the best way to take it, and do not know how to post so that they are not turned sideways on Trip Advisor.
Written 28 January 2024
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Kris_Toor
Krakow, Poland186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Very impressive building. Didn’t go inside but I still could appreciate its beauty. The building is visible from many view points inside and outside the city. I don’t like visiting churches ⛪️ so I skipped it but I am sure that it is as impressive inside as it is outside temporarily you can ran into a fair outside the church ⛪️. Highly recommended.
Written 26 January 2024
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
My wife and I took a day trip to Toledo during a visit to Madrid this past spring. The Cathedral was not included on the list of churches on our tour. Our guide explained some details about the Cathedral but we did not go inside. We did not have enough free time to go inside and especially for a €12 entry fee. It has an impressive history.
Written 15 January 2024
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traveldad2018
New York City, NY202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Really worth hiring a guide (or group tour), if possible. We were told that it took over 200 years to build. Once inside, this is understandable. Looks expansive from the outside, but it’s still difficult to get a sense of the grandeur without stepping inside. Very interesting side rooms as well, with art from great painters such as Velasquez and Goya, among others. Made our trip to Toledo.
Written 10 January 2024
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Explore45933
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Impresionante, Espectacular una maravilla de monumento, sea uno religioso o no. If you have a chance (and you need only one day in Toledo if in a hurry) do not miss this marvel.
Written 7 January 2024
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Cme1234
Singapore, Singapore469 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This is an awesome Cathedral. It’s worth the €12 ticket if you are a fan of nice historical architecture and cathedral.

It’s also within walking distance from the main square.
Written 29 December 2023
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patjaniak
Warsaw, Poland176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Wow, just wow. Even today, you can feel some kind od mystery, covered in this place. Cathedral is one of the biggest and mystic from all i every seen.
For me most interestings was whe this place. Of course, architekturę detalis are amazing, but this place make me thing about absolut. Just walking around was great experience.

Of course IT is a live place, so remeber if there is a devotion, you can't just enter
Written 16 December 2023
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HighClub
United States86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Amazing cathedral! One of the best I have visited. I was in St Peter's Basilica a couple of weeks prior to visiting here and they are both amazing to see. Also, it is a great way to avoid the heat in the summer, but most importantly it is inspiring to see the beauty and craftsmanship of the cathedral. Truly impressive!
Written 26 November 2023
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