A Bridge to the Past

toledoFor centuries the only way in or out of the Imperial City of Toledo was the Alcántara bridge over the Tagus River. Originally built by the Romans, it was later fortified under Moorish rule in the early Middle Ages. (Alcántara comes from the Arabic al-QanTarah, meaning bridge.) After Christian armies recaptured the city in the 11th century, Toledo evolved into a multicultural city where Christians, Jews and Muslims lived together in relative peace. A vast Arabic library of ancient Greek texts left behind by the Moors drew scholars to Toledo from all over Europe and the translations made there helped bring Europe out of the Dark Ages. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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8 Responses to A Bridge to the Past

  1. Jeff January 20, 2015 at 16:44 #

    So much to see still!

  2. Mike Randolph January 20, 2015 at 17:20 #

    And think, I’m curating it all for you, so all you have to do is hop on a plane. 🙂

  3. Julvic January 21, 2015 at 11:38 #

    Gorgeous photo, full of mystery and feeling. Almost as moody as El Greco painted it:


    I want to see more of what your eyes see behind the camera.

    • Mike Randolph January 26, 2015 at 14:30 #

      One of my favorite paintings ever! It hung on my wall for roughly 15 years until I moved to Spain. Maybe I should get another print…

  4. cheryl January 21, 2015 at 19:40 #

    I love the history you provide with your beautiful photos! Such a treat!

  5. Yolanda Evgeniou March 12, 2015 at 21:49 #

    A beautiful photo ! Thank you for sharing it.

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