105- Toledo, the city of the three cultures:
living together, sharing cultural heritage
Price: 480€ (Included course fee, entrance to sites and museums, transportation)
Location: Toledo (Spain)
Course organizer: CFAE Centro-Oeste
Number of participants: 20
Certification on completion: Yes
Toledo a historical and cultural centre for both La Mancha area and Spain itself. Its fame as the city of three cultures is not anything less than what it actually is, as it has been successively occupied (and influenced) by Muslims, Jews and Christians. Today, Toledo is a regional capital, but with such a well-preserved beauty and history, that it never stops to amaze the unsuspecting traveller.
The city of Toledo was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The city’s status passed from being a Roman town, to capital of the Visigoth kingdom, fortress of the Cordoba emirate, city of El Greco until finally identified as the city of Three Cultures. In the XVI century, it was the temporary seat of the supreme power under the reign of the Emperor Charles V, and the city was declared “Imperial and crowned city”. Its monuments are still considered masterpieces of art of different civilizations, balancing both contrasts and harmonies in a XXI century city.
This seminar will introduce and explain important features of the Roman-Catholic, Muslim and Jewish past of Toledo. Taking a closer look at these features will provide material for critical thinking and understanding better our common European origins. It will help us identify with human destiny by continuing to learn about the stories of people who were challenged, persevered, went missing, but finally overcame and thrived, hoping that this rich and varied history will help us better discover our own identities.
Throughout the course, we will comprehend how three cultures-three religions, were able to live together enriching themselves culturally thanks to that coexistence.
The course will take us to visit the most important places of those times as well as all its legacy throughout the centuries by following the traditions linked to that heritage.
Participants will share similar experiences and situations from their regions and educational centres and how to incorporate these "resources" in the learning process of their students. We will try to find common points to enhance the knowledge of our students’ cultural heritage.
Trainers will be in contact with the participants in order to solve any questions or doubts and provide advice on accommodation, airports, airlines etc. They will also familiarize participants with the website of the seminars (https://www.learntoteacheu.org/) which will be used to upload pedagogical material created during the course duration.
Meeting and getting to know each other (ice breaking activities)
Course information (aims, concept, summary of activities)
Opening conference: Approaching the city & content of the course
Walking the route of Toledo before “the three cultures”. Iglesia de San Román (Museu de concilios y cultura visigoda s. VI - VIII).
Walking the Route of Toledo through time.
Workshop: Sharing information about the situation of different cultures in "my city"
Walking the Route through Hispanic-Muslim and Mudejar style in Toledo. Mosque of Cristo de la Luz (Bib-al-Mardum); Old Mosque of El Salvador; Arab Baths.
Workshop: The ancestral techniques of the famous forge from Toledo.
Walking the Route through the Jewish quarter of Toledo. The Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca; The Synagogue of El Tránsito (contains the Sephardic Museum); Jews’ House;
Workshop: Damascene from Toledo its history, techniques and styles.
Conference: The legacy of the Toledo School of Translators
Visiting the Cathedral of Toledo
Walking the Route through cloisters and courtyards and patios of Toledo
Workshop: “Course portfolio: participants contribution”
Reflections/Summary of the course
*The programme is subjected to changes in case of unforeseen circumstances.
Places to visit
Active citizenship, european dimension, arts, cultural studies, ethics, philosophy, history, social science, economics, geography, intercultural education, migration, pedagogy and didactics.
Cultural awareness and expression
Personal, social and learning
Teachers & school staff from primary and secondary level,