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Notes on the Geography of Spain: Toledo: Photo 66

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At last the cathedral, begun in 1227 on the site of the city's central mosque, notoriously seized during the absence and against the will of Alfonso VI, who had promised to respect it. Peace was negotiated, and work on the new building continued for over 250 years, until 1493. Fernando Goitia calls it "a superb example of Gothic architecture" but Ford dismisses the facade as "neither beautiful nor symmetrical." He does not explain his dissatisfaction, but there is certainly a major stylistic clash between most of the facade and the neoclassical pediment added in the 18th century by Eugene Durango, on orders of Cardinal Lorenzana. Apparently the original stone was disintegrating and had to be replaced.

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