The Alcázar of Toledo is one of the city’s most important and impressive historic buildings. It is a fortification built out of rocks and is situated in a very strategic position. The Arabs that governed the city named it Al Qasar, meaning ‘the fort’. But even before that, in the 3rd century, the Alcázar of Toledo was a grand Roman building that was the magistrate’s court.
The architect that began the construction of the present building was Alonso de Covarrubias in 1545. However, the inner courtyard was created by Villalpando, while Juan de Herrera designed the imposing staircase. The building had already been restored and extended several times under the reigns of Alfonso VI and his successors. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Toledo’s most important historic buildings.
The Alcázar has served a variety of purposes: it was a prison during the reign of the Crown of Castile; a military headquarters for private armies; and a silk factory, before housing the Infantry Academy.
The Alcázar of Toledo is very close to the River Tagus on the highest hill of the city, at 548 metres. It stands on Calle de la Unión and can be reached from Calle de la Paz or Corralillo de San Miguel. Today it houses the Museo del Ejército (the military museum) and the top floor houses the Library of Castilla-La Mancha.
The building is open to the public every day from 11 am to 5 pm. If you wish, you can park your car at our Saba car park in Toledo, at the city’s train station on Paseo de la Rosa.