Mudejar Route

Mudejar is an art that has its maximum expression Toledo where both prolific has made ​​one of its hallmarks .

The birth of art Hispano is the process of merging elements Romans , Visigoths, Byzantines and Arabs that they resulted in a new and independent style where brick is the basic element . Was developed during the Islamic invasion and after the reconquest of Toledo ( 1085 ) centuries whose infuence is projected at this time in churches, palaces, military architecture and other as humble as monumental places.

Toledo when we appoint a clear Hispano art infuence, talk about the Moorish style. This word means "domesticated" and was used to refer to Muslims who remained in Christian lands who built, decorated with the same materials and ornamental motifs they knew and were typical of their culture, merging with the Christian, without any rejection, since that Arabic time was used even in Islamic and Christian communities by the romance. Actually it was written in "aljamía" a Castilian written in Arabic characters.

Mudejar art has many nuances and evolves with the prevailing artistic styles. The Toledo focus is present in the people of the region Montena, in the area of ​​the Sisla as in the most remote of the mountain range reflected in churches, where you can admire beautiful towers and highly evolved sets, permeating it long along the centuries civil architecture itself.

Leaving from Toledo, taking the CM-4013, we arrive at the municipality of Layos, where we start our route.

In the Moorish style in the region of Montes de Toledo highlight the church of Santa Maria in Layos, with its coffered pair and knuckle and Toledo Mudejar tower, formed by three bodies of masonry and brick. Another eloquent example of this style is the old entrance to the palace of Layos.

Leaving Layos, we continue along the same road until the junction of Casasbuenas, where we take the CM-4052.

In Casasbuenas highlight the Moorish tower of the church of Santa Leocadia, three bodies of brick masonry and ashlar in the corners. This fanqueada by two towers of masonry and brick, topped by a pyramidal body.

Continue along the same road until Polan, the Moorish style stands in the Ermita de San Sebastian, with its beautiful wood paneling without any decoration.

Polán leave and take the CM-401 to the fork of Totanes.

Totanes, the Church of the Immaculate Conception is one of the clearest examples of the Mudejar of the region of Montes de Toledo, the church has three naves, separated by arches and horseshoe, has a Latin cross, has a tower and a coffered Mudejar, declared National Monument.

After visiting this city, back again to link again with the CM-401, Galvez address.

Galvez, stands the church of Mudejar style, built in the sixteenth century, with rectangular, is formed by three ships, made in masonry and brick. Desataca its bell tower with blocks of granite plinth, on which several bodies made of masonry and brick decorated with blind arches rise. On the bell tower rises octagonal body and cover eight waters.

After visiting this town, we headed to Cuerva to take the CM-4021, address Pena Sales with Aguilera.

Sales with Aguilera Pena, Moorish elements such as coffered mohamares files with double straps and pads, and its slender tower Toledo Mudejar style purer appreciated.

After visiting this town again we take the CM-4021, to get back to Cuerva and take the CM-410, Mazarambroz address.

In the town of Mazarambroz, is the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, one dating from the sixteenth century building has interesting Mudejar coffered ceilings.

Without leaving this road, we reach the town of Sonseca, which highlights the Christ Chapel of the Veracruz, made in the sixteenth century coffered ceiling with one of the two most important Moorish style of the region.

We sonseca take the N-401 towards Ciudad Real to reach the town of Los Yebenes, where stands the magnificent Moorish tower of the church of San Juan with blind arches.

After visiting this town again we take the N-401 towards Toledo until you reach the town of Ajofrín.

In Ajofrín highlight the church dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene was built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It is not easy to know if that time is also building the Moorish bell tower, nicely restored . The first body courses of brick masonry with two other bodies happen more , of arches and horseshoe second top .

Continuing along the same road before the end of the route, we will visit the municipality of Chueca , where stands the Church of St. Mary Magdalene , made of brick and masonry rig . The factory of the tower is based on Toledo rig. Its interior boasts beautiful Mudejar coffered ceiling .

After visiting this town and taking back the N -401 , we reach Toledo, Castilian Mudejar true paradise where you can see many monuments of this style.

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