Colegio de Nuestra Señora de los Infantes, Toledo
The Colegio de Nuestra Señora de los Infantes (College of Our Lady of the Infants) is a college of the city of Toledo (Castile-La Mancha, Spain) was founded by the Cardinal Silíceo in the 16th century. The building, already completed in 1559, was not constructed as a new plant, but was the result of the remodeling of an existing property. The plant, totally, irregular, is imposed by the adjacent streets, which make the College an exempt building.
Of the trace and execution of the work was carried out Don Francisco de Villalpando, also author of the fence of the main presbytery of the Cathedral; and very possibly was its main master of works Alonso de Covarrubias, given the great connection existing between the College and the Cathedral's Cabildo.
On July 22, 1552, the Cardinal of Toledo Juan Martínez Silíceo founded the College of Our Lady of the Infants, whose purpose will be the integral formation of some children called “cleriçones” who sang and helped in the Liturgical acts of the Cathedral of Toledo., On May 9, 1557 the same Cardinal signs the Constitutions by which that College will be governed. There are previous news dating back to the 12th century of the services of some children in the Cathedral.
In the 19th century, it was perhaps the most celebrated scholarships, the music master Guillermo Cerceda and Francisco Sanz, singer in the Music Chapel of the Royal Palace of Madrid, both natural of Toledo. In the 20th century, the former seise and illustrious composer D. Jacinto Guerrero, who owes the music of magnificent zarzuelas, such as "Los Gavilanes", El huésped del Sevillano" and "La rosa del azafrán".
Also it is necessary to emphasize the figure of the former seise Saint Alonso de Orozco, patron of the Seises of Toledo.
At present, the college still exists although in another location, in the so-called Avenida de Europa (Toledo) and has about 1500 students between 1º of infantile and 2nd of baccalaureate.
- ABC (newspaper). "Infantes, Maristas, Mayol y Tavera, los más demandados de la ciudad de Toledo".
- buscocolegio.com. "Colegio NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LOS INFANTES".
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