La Noche Toledana: Burning Men, Cathedral Innards And A Medieval Tiff!

Saturday a week ago, I was out and about with some friends, enjoying La Noche Toledana. Click here for the previous post explaining what it’s about, in case you’ve missed it.

Armed with a bottle of beer (what a classy lot we are) and ice cream, we witnessed ‘the burning of the man’:

Burning manIf you’re wondering what this annual ritual is all about, I haven’t got the faintest.

They put up projectors in the streets so we knew where we were at all times

They put up projectors in the streets, so we knew where we were at all times. Quite handy, as I couldn’t find my way out of a paper bag…

The court building all eerily lit up

The court building all eerily lit up

Toledo Cathedral by night

Toledo Cathedral by night

La Noche Toledana gave us the opportunity to get into Toledo Cathedral for free. They usually charge an outrageous €12, and so I’d only ever been inside once. There was an organ concert, which normally wouldn’t be quite my thing, but it made for an amazing atmosphere that night.

The organ

The organ

Toledo Cathedral interior

Shoddy workmanship, that. There’s still a few bits NOT covered with gold paint!

El Greco's Apostles. The painter once lived in Toledo

El Greco’s Apostles. The renaissance painter, born in Crete, lived in Toledo and died here in 1614. He is said to have used patients in a local mental hospital as models for the faces of his famous paintings of the twelve Apostles.

Toledo Cathedral Art

Not only the Son of God, but also the most celebrated pole dancer of his time. I always suspected that his alleged carpentry gig was just a cover to feign respectability

I took these earlier on, outside the town hall; it was still light when we set out on our round:

"Red socks and sandals. Bloody ridiculous!"

“Red socks and sandals. Bloody ridiculous!”

"I did try telling him this morning!"

“I did try telling him this morning!”

"Just keep scrambling those eggs, that's something you know about" "Just can't take a joke, can you?!"

“Just keep scrambling those eggs, woman, at least that’s something you know about”
“Keep your hair on! Not that you’ve got a whole lot left under that silly hat. Ooooops… another one of your bal… sore spots, is it?!”

15 thoughts on “La Noche Toledana: Burning Men, Cathedral Innards And A Medieval Tiff!

  1. rjschutte

    The woman looks happy until that red socked man came by and guarded his portion of the eggs. But I do like the blue extensions on his belt, not to mention the tight grip on his sword. Looks like he is compensation something 🙂


  2. TBM

    The inside of the Cathedral is beautiful and I’m glad you got in for free. 12 seems a bit steep. I’m spoiled in London since most places are free, except for St. Paul’s but the better half got us free tickets. And I’m too lazy on Sunday to go to services. Save some sangria for me in hell.


      1. TBM

        That’s what I say. maybe we should have a signup sheet. You bring the sangria, I’ve got the cups. Who has the cake?


    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      This is NOT the US bible belt. People here can take a joke 😉 Anyway, I’m sure he was a man of many talents, not his fault they edited out all the fun stuff!



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