Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Prado
According to tradition, this site was originally a Roman temple where the goddess Ceres was worshipped, before the city was converted to Christianity in 602 by Liuva II, after which the building guarded the image of the city’s patron saint, Nuestra Señora del Prado (Our Lady of the Meadow). It was termed theQueen of Hermitages by King Felipe II, and is also popularly known as “the Sistene Chapel of Ceramics” - and from the 16th century right down to the present day has displayed the art of ceramics in all its splendour.
Roman Bridge (Old Bridge)
This is the oldest of the three bridges which ford the Tagus in Talavera. It is believed that part of the bridge could be of Roman origin, although very little survives from that period, due to the frequent flooding of the river, which, over the centuries, has swept large parts of it away.
Convent of the Barefoot Carmelites of El Carmen
Built over the remains of the city wall in the area known as Entretorres (“between the towers”), this church was consecrated in 1711. However, the Dissolution of the Monasteries meant the convent was closed down and in 1848 it became a factory for making large earthenware jars (tinajas). In 1849 the building was bought by Juan Niveiro, who set up the "El Carmen" Pottery Factory there.
Ruiz de Luna Pottery Museum
The Ruiz de Luna Pottery Museum is housed in one wing of the former convent of San Agustín, which was founded anew in 1566 by San Alonso de Orozco from Oropesa, who reformed the Order of the Augustinian Recollects in this Talaveran monastery. The museum houses a collection of pottery from the 16th century to the 20th century, featuring Mudejar-influenced mid-16th century ceramic work, with a three-colour design, a series depicting ferns and swallows, and a polychrome series from C.17th, the golden age of Talavera pottery.
The Pottery Route. On foot, visiting the Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Prado, the bridges on the lake, the Ruiz de Luna Museum and the Pottery Workshop.
The city Walls Route. Itinerary: Plaza del Pan. Charcon Corredera and the interior of the Albarran Towers.
The Water Route. The history of water in Talavera de la Reina. Itinerary: On foot, with a local guide, with visits to the Roman Bridge, the River Tagus Interpretation Centre and the fountains in the El Prado gardens.