Photography, Architecture, Spain

Details at Toledo Cathedral

These reliefs have been staring out over the three main portals of Toledo Cathedral for centuries

January 27, 2020

Statues of saints making gestures carved into one of the entryways to the Toledo Cathedral.

We turned a corner in a small alley and practically collided with one of the great architectural wonders of Spain: Toledo Cathedral. Built from the 13th to the late 15th centuries, it's a staggering achievement of engineering and design -- but when confronted by a structure like this I usually find myself most fascinated by the idea that it was actually made my someone, or many someones, toiling away for what may have been decades of labor.

I love trying to focus on the smaller details of iconic places like these. I think it draws into sharper focus that each little piece was made by actual people with the skill to craft something for the ages.

We didn't have much time to soak in the cathedral, but I was drawn to the many reliefs, details, and figures carved into stone that adorn it. These are a series of photos I took, basically, just while walking past. A brief encounter with art that predates me by 700 years.

Architectural reliefs and statues outside Tolego Cathedral in Spain, carved into aging rock

Architectural reliefs and statues outside Tolego Cathedral in Spain, carved into aging rock

Architectural reliefs and statues outside Tolego Cathedral in Spain, carved into aging rock

Architectural reliefs and statues outside Tolego Cathedral in Spain, carved into aging rock

Architectural reliefs and statues outside Tolego Cathedral in Spain, carved into aging rock

Architectural reliefs and statues outside Tolego Cathedral in Spain, carved into aging rock

Architectural reliefs and statues outside Tolego Cathedral in Spain, carved into aging rock

Architectural reliefs and statues outside Tolego Cathedral in Spain, carved into aging rock

Architectural reliefs and statues outside Tolego Cathedral in Spain, carved into aging rock

Architectural reliefs and statues outside Tolego Cathedral in Spain, carved into aging rock

Architectural reliefs and statues outside Tolego Cathedral in Spain, carved into aging rock

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