As this church is only known for the work of El Greco (which is great by the way!), there is not much else to see, so we head outside of the building when arrive two groups of Japanese tourist: good timing! We then head towards the Museum of Victorio Macho, not to visit it (although it worth it, according to our guide), but to admire its gardens and especially the views of the Tagus River from its promontory.
Once there, we all agree that the view is spectacular and we can even see San Martín bridge on the right. Nicknamed “One of the most beautiful sunsets in Spain”, it was built in the late Middle Ages, around the 13th century. Almost completely rebuilt thereafter, it has kept its original structure made of stone. It was then gradually modified with the addition of new defensive structures like the great towers of its ends, one dating from the 13th century and the other built into the ramparts dating from the 16th century. All these works have contributed to the current structure of the bridge which was declared a national monument in 1921.
Our next stop will be within the walls of Santa María la Blanca synagogue, which we reach by Reyes Católicos street.
Dated from the 13th century, this synagogue, probably built by Muslims masons, became a Catholic temple in the 15th century. This is a Mudejar building of Almohad tradition. The inside contains five naves separated by horseshoe arches supported by 32 pillars with beautiful, finely carved capitals, a real wonder! The walls are decorated with plaster and arcades are covered with stucco. The sanctuary was modified in the 16th century when three chapels and an altarpiece belonging to the school of Berruguete were added. This set gives the building a great beauty with a special and unique atmosphere.
Further on in the same street is the imposing monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, our next visit!