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It may lack originality, but the POV is quite irresistible, even with the harsh sunlight of a Summer midday, so here it goes a stitch of 4 horizontal shots made with Hugin.

Toledo is the capital of the autonomous community of Castilla-La-Mancha, a region to which Madrid would belong if it hadn't been decided that as capital of Spain it should stay a separated entity. The name Mancha resounds the famous satiric character of Don Quixote de la Mancha, but this is far from being the only renown figure of the region, as Toledo was an city where culture flourished like few other places in Europe during the Medieval Age, whether during the Muslim/Arab/Moor rule, when it was one of the most important towns of the Al-Andalus, or after the Christian Reconquest in 1085.

The place was populated since the Bronze Age. It was an important town during the Roman times and later it was the capital of the Visigothic kingdom of Spain, which perished in the early 8th century, when the Moors conquered all the Iberian Peninsula except the tiny mountainous Asturias.

After the fall of the Caliphate of Córdoba it was the capital of a Muslim kingdom. The Christian kings of Castilla didn't expel the educated Jewish and Arab people that lived in the city after they conquered it and the touristic propaganda now calls Toledo the "City of 3 Cultures" because Christian, Muslim and Jews lived and prospered supposedly in peace for 5 centuries in the town.

During the Middle Age many scientific, philosophical and even literature texts were translated from Arabic to Spanish and Latin in Toledo, giving an important contribution to the disclosure of the knowledge of Muslim scholars in Europe. Some of those text were Roman and Greek that had been lost in Europe, but preserved in translations only found in the Arab/Muslim world.

WS: Another view, with a tighter framing, using only one shot.

Location of the POV (latitude, longitude): 39.8511,-4.0203

Exif data:
Camera: Olympus E-300
Lenses: Sigma 10-20mm EX DC HSM
Date taken: 9-Aug-2008 16:54
Exposure time [s]: 1/125
Exposure bias [EV]: -0.70
F-Number: F13.0
Focal length [mm]: 12
ISO value: 100

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Additional Photos by Jose Pires (stego) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
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