Toledo’s Treasures: Santa Clara And Some Fab Tuna

The building where I live is right in front of the convent of Santa Clara (founded in 1369), but I can’t actually see it from my own windows. I’m watering friends’ plants this week, so I took a shot of the convent this morning from their balcony.

Santa Clara

On Sunday, I ventured inside the convent walls on a free guided tour. They didn’t show us much, just the church part and a couple of pretty interior patios. We were not allowed to take photos, and no access was granted to the archives, art collections or other much more interesting parts of this vast medieval building complex.

Santa Clara is home to just three resident nuns, the youngest of whom is 82. It’s pretty much the same story in all of Toledo’s convents and monasteries, of which there are dozens. In a decade from now, there is going to be nobody left, and what will happen to these properties and their hidden treasures then…?

Nice Door. Held open by Catalina.

Cool Door. Held open by my friend Catalina.

A totally delicious dinner of tuna and stir fried vegetables I had on Saturday with my friend Sara in a new restaurant/bar just five minutes from my house. I can't wait to have this again :)

Saturday’s totally delicious dinner of tuna and stir fried vegetables in a new restaurant/bar just five minutes from my house. I can’t wait to have this again ๐Ÿ™‚

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35 thoughts on “Toledo’s Treasures: Santa Clara And Some Fab Tuna

  1. Heyjude

    Oh yes! cool door, yummy dinner and what IS going to happen to the buildings? Museums? Conversion to flats? Interesting question…

    So what CAN you see from your apartment?

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      I was… but my camera finger was twitching really badly… especially in view of all those life-size effigies enshrined in the walls. One of them was a dead ringer for Conchita Wurst!

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  2. Jenna

    I’ll tell you what will happen to those monasteries – I’ll impulse buy one and relocate! They’re gorgeous, and I love the door ๐Ÿ™‚

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