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“Beautiful Church and Museum”

Museum of Visigothic Culture
Ranked #36 of 121 things to do in Toledo
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

The Museum of the Councils and Visigothic Culture is located in the Church of San Roman in the Plaza San Roman. This museum has archaeological collections from the 6th, 7th and 8th centuries that are related to the old capital of the Visigothic Kingdom of Toledo. There are capitals of columns, reliefs, epigraphic pieces, painting, documents, moldings and gold and silver work. An important exhibit shows the trousseaus that were found in the Carpio de Tajo Necropolis. There are very good reproductions of the votive crowns from the treasure of Guarrazar.

The church is one of the oldest in Toledo and was used during the Visigothic period. When the Moors came, the church was converted into a mosque and rebuilt in the 13th century in the Mudejar style. The church has three naves in the form of a basilica. These are separated by Moorish horseshoe arches that are supported on pillars. There are also columns with Visigothic capitals. The main chapel is in the Plateresque style and was the work of Alonso de Covarrubias. The high altarpiece was made by Diego de Velasco. There are frescos that cover the walls from the 13th century, with Roman and Moorish influences.

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Reviewed 29 March 2012

This "museum" lacks any real information about who the Visigoths actually were, the only information was about the architecture of the structure.... and all in Spanish. There are some beautiful paintings on the walls and arches of this church, but that is about it.

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Reviewed 26 February 2012

This should be better presented and publicised. It all looked very sad. The stuff isn't sensational becuase Visigothis finds are rare but the manuscripts were not well labelled. Such a shame but worth a visit ( it was free when we visited) as the fusion of architectual style ( nothing to do with Visigoths) is in itself interesting. No guide or information in English. Do your homework first.

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Reviewed 6 February 2012

As soon as I walked into the Church of San Roman, where the Museum of Visigothic Culture is, I was entranced. The walls and ceilings with their painted decorations in the Mudejar style were absolutely extraordinary. I am so thankful that these decorations from the 14th century have been preserved. The display cases of artifacts from Visigothic Spain (pre-Moorish conquest, i.e., before 700 A.D.) are also worth seeing, but for me, the star of the show is the building housing these exhibits.

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