PATIO DE CARLOS V, TOLEDO
The Patio de Carlos V is an exquisite representation of the Cloister of the Convent of the Dominicans of San Pedro Mártir. This stunning courtyard exemplifies the Toledan Plateresque style, dating back to the era of Charles V. Renowned architect Alonso de Covarrubias constructed it in the 16th century. The cloister features a double gallery, with a lower level adorned by graceful semicircular arches and Ionic columns.
At the heart of the courtyard stands a Mallorcan fountain, graciously donated by an individual. Originating from a rural patio, this fountain showcases a popular style. Its basin is beautifully adorned with nature-inspired elements such as clusters of grapes and leaves, while its base is supported by lion heads.
Throughout its history, the convent served both the Holy Inquisition (Santo Oficio) and the production of Papal Bull prints for the Catholic Monarchs. Presently, it serves as the headquarters of the University of Castilla-La Mancha.
Continuing our tour, to the left, we come across "Travesía de Espejo," a charming Moorish-style cobbled alleyway.