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Location DB > Spain > Toledo, Castile-La Mancha > Toledo > Baņo de La Cava
Baño de La Cava
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created by ensimismada on 1/30/2013 6:57 AM
last modified by ensimismada on 1/30/2013 7:33 AM
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Remains of one tower and a few bridge pylons out in the river Tajo.
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Paseo Recaredo
Toledo, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha
Owner: City/public property?
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  •  Hazards
  • Low doorway - don't bang your head because you're focusing on the narrow stairs
  •  Interesting Features
    Long history, complete with a famous legend. Nice view of the San Martín bridge. Easy access.
     Security Measures
  • Near a popular walking path
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1100
    Closed: 1203
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    This Mudejar tower was originally built as a fortification to an attached bridge here until floods destroyed it in 1203. The place gets its name from a local legend:

    Count Julian was a Visigoth noble acting as chief of a Gomara tribe in North Africa. As was the custom of the time, he sent his daughter Florinda La Cava to the Court of Toledo to secure a good future as a courtesan. Florinda, very beautiful, was at once the object of desire of King Rodrigo. However, she did not return his feelings.

    So, one summer night, as Florinda was bathing by this tower, now named after her, the king took her by force. She escaped and secretly told her father, who vowed revenge when the opportunity presented itself.

    Legend has it that shortly after, King Rodrigo requested that Don Julian send him some hawks and falcons for use in falconry. Don Julian told the king that he would send some specimens the likes of which had never before been seen. The count made a pact with the sons of the former king Witiza and with the Bishop Oppas to help them regain the throne with the help of his Muslim troops from North Africa.

    Thus, the Arabs invaded the peninsula (the battle of Guadalete), only to betray the children of Witiza and Oppas as well as Don Julian himself. The Visigothic kingdom fell with the head of its last king, Rodrigo. This signalled the end of the Visigoth era in Spain and the beginning of eight centuries of Moslem presence in Spain.

    The tower and bridge were destroyed by flooding in 1203. Replaced by the adjacent San Martín bridge, completed in the 14th century.
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    Spring 2012
    Wed, Jan 30th, 2013
    posted by ensimismada
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 1/30/2013 12:48 PM.

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  • on Jan 30 13 at 12:48, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jan 30 13 at 7:52, ensimismada made this location available
  • on Jan 30 13 at 7:48, ensimismada updated gallery picture View from the tower.
  • on Jan 30 13 at 7:47, ensimismada updated gallery Spring 2012
  • on Jan 30 13 at 7:47, ensimismada updated gallery Spring 2012
  • on Jan 30 13 at 7:45, ensimismada added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jan 30 13 at 7:34, ensimismada created a new gallery
  • on Jan 30 13 at 7:33, ensimismada changed the following: Hazards
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  • on Jan 30 13 at 7:02, ensimismada updated the main picture
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