It was built by Emperor Charles V, on the previous
medieval castle, so that the monarch had a residence worthy of
office. However, the fact that the capital of the kingdom were
moved to Madrid before the palace was completed made it so that it was
never used as a residence for kings, although it served as a dwelling for
widowed queens, and Mariana of Austria and Juana of Neuburg, when
they were removed from the court by the successors of their husbands.
El Alcázar de Toledo had several uses over the centuries: from
prison to military barracks or headquarters of the Infantry Academy.
During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) the palace was
virtually destroyed by troops loyal to the Second Republic.
The Alcázar of Toledo was rebuilt between 1940 and 1961 and currently
houses in the Library of Castilla-La Mancha. It is being
restorated for the future National Museum of the Army, so it
that is temporarily closed