"The trenchant blade Toledo trusty, For want of fighting was grown rusty, And ate into itself for lack Of somebody to hew and hack." - Samuel Butler
The Castles of Toledo
Toledo is the repository of more than 2000 years of history. Successively a Roman municipium, the capital of the Visigothic Kingdom, a fortress of the Emirate of Cordoba, an outpost of the Christian Kingdom, and in the 16th century, the temporary seat of supreme power under Charles V. Its many works of art and architecture are the product of three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Barcience Castle, locally known as Castillo de Barcience, lies next to the village by the same name in the province of Toledo in Spain. From the 11th/12th century there has been a castle at this site. It belonged to the Order of Santiago in the 13th century. The Order gave the castle to Don Alfonso Tenorio who passed it on to the Count of Cifuentes; the Silva family.
Shooting in Toledo
The hot sun of Toledo, when out in the field, makes shooting a challenge for any photographer. The size and scope of many of the castles makes it ideal for drone photography, as it is the only way to truly capture them in their completeness. Spain’s hot, dry summers also devastate the surrounding plants and grassess giving you baren landscapes that enhance the majestic strength of the castles within them.
We were fortunate to have a few overcast days, shortly after the winter passed, where we were able to shoot Barscience against a lush green landscape with beautiful pink skys and deep dark thunderclouds.