Toledo is not only famous as the former Imperial Capital of Spain, but also the center of Damascene Steel making in Spain, which the Spanish inherited from the former Arab rulers during the medieval Period. Here’s what visitors have to say about Toledo shops, stores, best buys and inside tips including where to find fascinating Damascene steel items.
Damascene is the art of inlaying different metals into one another of which usually, gold or silver into a darkly oxidized steel background to produce intricate patterns. The Spanish name is Damasquinados, which is the factory’s name as well. This factory is located outside the old city walls along Paseo Circo Romano and is a favorite of tour groups because they allow tours in parts of the factories where local artisans make their damascene products such as swords, shields, blades, etc.
Tip: Factory tours are free. Afterwards they allow you to enter their huge showroom where you can buy all kinds of damascene products.
Souvenir shops are located on the streets and around the walled city, and even the side streets. They are usually side-by-side and have large entrances. These shops sell all kinds of souvenirs ranging from assorted shirts, hoodies, fridge magnets, books, paper weights, shot glasses, and reproductions of famous paintings of famous Spanish Artists such as El Greco, Goya, Picasso, Antoni Gaudi, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, etc. The main distinction between Toledo souvenir shops and others is that they also sell replica blades and swords, replica ancient guns, replica shields, replica coat of arms, and even replica knights in figurines, to name a few.
Tip: Most of the souvenir shops are open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday
Wood Carving Stores
Toledo also has many artisans that specializes in wood carvings and hence you can see some wood carving stores and even small woodcarving factories scattered around the city that sell various woodworks. You’ll find various carved items such as saint figures, chairs, bed posts, tables, candle holders, wooden art figures and more.
Tip: Most wood carving shops are open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday
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