This school was founded by Cardinal Siliceo in the 16th century. The Cardinal ordered that 100 school girls be given 100,000 'maravideses' (old Spanish coins) as part of their dowry, if they went out and got married. The school is called the "School of Noble Maidens" because the young girls had to be descended from old Christian families, without any Jewish ancestry. These days, they get up at half past seven in the morning, go to Mass in the chapel where the Cardinal is buried in a lovely 19th-century tomb, and go to lectures, since many of them are studying at university. It must be said that there are now more students from Madrid than Toledo. The building is large and imposing, but is of no particular architectural significance. The interior is not open to the public.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Bus: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6