It is a lively town with a long history, which still preserves the remains of the castle and walls, houses, palaces, old hospitals and Elizabethan theater. The importance of their religious buildings like the Monastery of Santa Clara, with its murals and Sancti Espiritus, with a beautiful Moorish dome need to be especially emphasized. But above it all, do not leave without visiting the church of Santa Maria, which houses a wealth as disconcerting picture of Our Lady of the Fly, and also some surprise like the mysterious and beauty old cover polychrome which is now included inside the building. For cottages in Toro go to: Http :/ / www.Toprural.Com/castilla-y-leon/zamora/casas-rurales-toro_rm-es-49219.htm
This path has an excellent vantage point from which there are magnificent views of the Douro River, the whole plain and the Puente Mayor. It was built in 2008 and was designed by the architects Claudio Angel Casaseca and Pedrero. The promenade runs along ramps and, on the edge of the cliff, there are small flights of stairs that serve as a link between the two most emblematic buildings of the city: The Collegiate Santa Maria la Mayor and the Alcazar.
One of the most important monuments of the city is the tower. It was built in the eighteenth century above the gates of the market, which is the main entrance to the first walled city of Toro. It was designed by an architect named Antonio Valentin Mazarrasa and Torres, and it was built in ashlar limestone, with square base and four tall bodies, in Baroque style. They have obviously given it that name because it shelters the town clock. As an interesting fact, there is a legend that says that the mortar was mixed with wine, because at that time it abounded more than water in the city. Through the arch under the tower there communicates the Plaza de Santa Marina Street Market Gate (which leads directly to the Plaza Mayor and the Collegiate).
From north to south, the tour called "Domes Douro" begins in the beautiful city of Toro, then you go to Zamora, which is also worthy of a visit, then you get to Salamanca, which really is a gem, and finally, perhaps the most humble of all the stops on the journey, but no less important, is the city of Plasencia. Along with Salamanca, it has 2 cathedrals and a beautiful dome called Torre del Melon. It's a cultural and gastronomic tour that's worth a try.
The abastos market of Toro is located directly in front of the Convent of the Mercy nuns. It is a brick building with a triangular layout, where you can find all kinds of food stores, mainly butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers. It only opens in the mornings, from Monday to Saturday. On Saturdays they assemble on the outside a flea market where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables brought right from the garden by the villagers of the region, and textiles (type trace).
In front of the food market and the Convent of Mercy nuns is an ancient 17th century palace. It's made out of brick and stone, is two stories high, and the wrought iron railings of the balconies stand out. The main body of the facade is flanked by two towers and over the door there are shields of the Marquis de Gros and his descendants (who ordered that this palace be built), as well as stone reliefs in the shape of a ball, which is how Las Bolas Palace gets its name, as well as the street it's on.
This monastery is located next to the Church of Santa Maria de Arbás, and occupies the entire block between the Calle Arbás and Calle Monjas Sofias. It is a convent of Premonstratensian order nuns, and it also has a small guesthouse retreat. The current building, built in the sixteenth century, is on a site donated by Queen Maria de Molina. The highlight is a high brick built tower. It has two covers, the church's is formed by a pointed arch, and the convent's by an arch. Inside the complex there is a patio called "de la Cisterna" (the cistern) because a cistern was used to collect rainwater.
Toro, a small village charming for both its wines and its gastronomy ... It also has some good scenery. The wines are of extraordinary quality and they are internationally famous and ... The recommended dates to visit are in spring and summer seasons ...
This church is located in Loch Street, which links the Market Gate with Sliding Door. It was built in the XII century in Romanesque style. Then it was rebuilt twice, once in the sixteenth century and then again in the late eighteenth century. Since the medieval times, it has only had the bottom part of the tower. The façade combines stone and brick, but apparently there is nothing to highlight, since it is nicer inside, though not enough. It has three naves with chapels paths in the header, and choir loft at the feet, where the body. The main altarpiece is wonderful, formed by four streets and five bodies and conducted by Berruguete school. At the top of the main street is the sculpture of Calvary, under which is the bas-relief of Christ's burial, the titular saint in a niche, and finally the Tabernacle. Twelve oil paintings from the times of the Renaissance are on the wall. These paintings depict scenes of the Passion and of the life of Christ, and of the Annunciation of the Virgin, as well as the statues of the Evangelists in the lower frieze. It also houses two marble columns from the X century, the first resettlement Toro Mozarabic under King Alfonso III. Although it is a very interesting church to visit, your only chance to go in is during services. There is Mass on Sundays at 12pm and 13h, and from Monday to Saturday at 20pm.
In Plaza de Francisco are both the Latorre Theatre and Plaza de Toros, which have been declared of cultural interest (in the Monument category). The bullring is now under renovation. The theater was recently renovated, and the truth is that the outside does not say much because it looks almost new, except for a cover of stone. It was built in the first half of the nineteenth century, on the site of an ancient open-air theater, in the Elizabethan-style. Its name comes from the famous actor Carlos Latorre. It has all kinds of theater, concerts, dance ... in the city.
The Santa Catalina Church is on the street of the same name, near the Puerta de Santa Catalina and the La Torre Theatre. The truth is that it's practically in ruins, it burned down in 1955, and it's now being rebuilt with funds from the Council at the request of the Pro Holy Week Association, since it's the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Jesus of Nazareth and the Animas de la Campanilla. The church used to house the processions of the Brotherhood. It is made of brick and stone, with a belfry, and a facade that was preceded by a portico.
We're privileged to live and work as the caretakers in this emblematic building in the city of Toro, which is what allows me to have access to the views from the patio within. I also invite you to stop by if you pass by here. Cheers.
The Valparaíso Palace is attached to the old Hospital de la Cruz. It was built in the 18th century and has a linear facade, that was built entirely of stone. The Palace has 2 floors: the ground floor with windows that are covered by iron bars, and the top floor with balconies. Over the entryway you can see the Vivero family crest. They're ancestors of the Marquis of Valparaiso.