Church of Santa Leocadia

This church, dedicated to the patron saint of Toledo is located, as folklore has it, in the place where her home once stood.

It dates back to the XI Century, but the oldest remains of its construction date from the XIII Century. The only remaining Mudejar elements are the tower, part of the entrance and the apse. The side apse follows the much repeated Toledo model of decoration, using blind arches.

The other two disappeared between the XVI and XVII Centuries, leading to the present chapels, in the same way as the brick pillars were replaced by stone columns and the horseshoe arches by round ones.

The present appearnce is due to the changes at the end of the XVIII Century, ordered by the queen Maria Luisa de Parma, wife of Carlos IV, a devout follower of the saint. According to other folklore, another lady, the mother of the honourable archbishop San Ildefonso, was a devout follower of the existing sanctorium in this place around the middle of the VII Century.

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