Toledo: "City of the Three Cultures" with Clara Nchama

Toledo: "City of the Three Cultures" with Clara Nchama


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Located a few miles from Madrid, Toledo is one of the most important cities in Spain. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures”, and UNESCO World Heritage site, it was one of the most important European cultural centers during the Middle Ages. This seminar will explore Toledo, the home of Christians, Jews, and Muslims for more than 1,000 years, and the former “unofficial capital of Spain”.

Today, its history and monuments have made it a symbol of tolerance and one of the best settings to learn about the history of Spain. In this conversation, we will focus on analyzing three of the sites that best tell us about the importance of Toledo as a multicultural and power center during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

First up is the old mosque of Bab-al-Mardum, one of the most important Andalusian buildings preserved from the time of the Caliphate. We’ll then move to the Synagogue of the Transit and the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, currently the home to the Sephardic Museum. Located both in the old Jewish quarter, these unique buildings will help us to learn more about the history of Sephardic Jews in medieval Spain. We’ll finish up by exploring the gothic cathedral, the most important and richest religious building in the country, and the best representation of the political and religious power that Toledo held for centuries. It is home to some of the great jewels of Renaissance art and architecture, such as its main altarpiece, the choir, and the paintings of the artist Domekinos Teotocopulos, El Greco.

Led by an expert in modern history and art, this interactive seminar takes participants on a journey through Toledo’s history through three important sites. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants come away with an increased knowledge of medieval and modern Spain and how that past can be a reflection on today’s country.

Originally from Equatorial Guinea, Clara moved to Spain when she was 2 years old. She holds degrees in geography and history and a Master’s in art history from Sorbonne University in Paris. With more than fifteen years experience in museum education and and management of cultural projects and as a history and art history teacher. Clara has worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice (Italy), the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C, and a number of institutions within the cultural department of the Ministry of Culture in Spain. She also has designed art and cultural tours for groups for more than 10 years. Since 2006, Clara is Assistant Curator of the Museums of the Ministry of Culture of Spain. And at the present, Works on her PHD on the culture of Spain after the Franquism, while working as Public Programmes and Communication Coordinator at the Museo del Traje (Costume Museum) of Madrid, organising events, lectures, group visits and educational programmes. Clara has been leading Context tours since 2012.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Very interesting lecture that tied together multiple cultures so well. Toledo is definitely on my wish list now!

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M.A.
Makes you want to learn more...

Clara did an amazing job of giving the history of the city of Toledo in 65 minutes. Not an easy task since there is so much to learn. She was able to tell the history with detailed pictures and engaging stories. Clara makes you want to learn more. I’ll be searching for her presentations in the future.

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J.N.
Excellent

Informative. Great story teller with grasp on when and how much to review at each point including the end. Narrative I don’t think I’ll forget no matter how long it takes to travel again.

M
M.
Excellent overview

Clara was so clear in her presentation - she was able to convey the interlocking relationships of three cultures that is Toledo. She certainly inspired me

V
V.
Toledo Seminar

This was a fascinating seminar.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
100%
(6)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
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T
T.
X

Very interesting lecture that tied together multiple cultures so well. Toledo is definitely on my wish list now!

M
M.A.
Makes you want to learn more...

Clara did an amazing job of giving the history of the city of Toledo in 65 minutes. Not an easy task since there is so much to learn. She was able to tell the history with detailed pictures and engaging stories. Clara makes you want to learn more. I’ll be searching for her presentations in the future.

J
J.N.
Excellent

Informative. Great story teller with grasp on when and how much to review at each point including the end. Narrative I don’t think I’ll forget no matter how long it takes to travel again.

M
M.
Excellent overview

Clara was so clear in her presentation - she was able to convey the interlocking relationships of three cultures that is Toledo. She certainly inspired me

V
V.
Toledo Seminar

This was a fascinating seminar.