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Notes on the Geography of Spain: Toledo: Photo 33

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Toledo has a commercial side, of course, and it is centered on the Plaza de Zocodover, near the Alcázar. The Mudéjar tradition lingers in the Arco de la Sangre, once a gate in the city's wall. (The Arch seen here is new, a 1948 replacement of a building destroyed during the Civil War.) Arab tradition lingers in the name Zocodover, too, because it comes from the Arabic suq ad-dawab, or cattle market. The square was later cleaned up but was never quite as symmetrical as Philip II wanted.

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