This monastery church is not the grandest religious site in town, nor does it have the most famed art works. But it does have the distinction of having lured El Greco to Toledo in 1577 with a commission for nine paintings. The rest, as they say, is history. Be sure to see El Greco’s Assumption over the altar. It’s one of the works that made observers sit up and take notice of his talent. The painter and the city proved a good match, and he spent the rest of his life in Toledo, marrying and raising a family. He is buried in the crypt beneath the church. Take the museum tour and you will be able to gaze through the ultimately unsatisfying peephole in the floor at what is purported to be his underground tomb. The museum also contains many other works of art, including some interesting carved wooden statues and painted retablos, but El Greco is the main reason to visit.
- Frommer's Staff