This church was built after King Alfonso VII Toledo managed to win the Arab conquerors. As was customary at that time, it altered the mosque, making the building in a popular then Mudejar style. Its most interesting architectural detail - the bell tower of the fourteenth century, built of brick and similar to the Muslim minaret. The building of the church is not particularly stands out: it is a simple form and unremarkable. Church altars made in Plateresque and Baroque.400 years, during which time it has never left the confines of the church. The artist worked on it from 1586 to 1588, but has not been able to finish it. It is believed that this picture - his most famous work, and this is the best job in the whole portrait of medieval Spain.
According to an ancient legend, when in 1312 he died a rich philanthropist Don Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo, who helped with money and the church, his funeral was attended St. Stephen Augustine. In the lower area of the picture shows the solemn and mournful scene burial. Faith can see Christ, who, together with the saints meets soul of the deceased. What is interesting, the participants funeral Mass - is not just invented the face, and portraits of real people, his contemporaries, members of the nobility. On the left side you can see the paintings and the artist himself in the image of a knight, and the image next to him the little page - this is his ten year old son Jorge Manuel. On the headscarf, which looks out from his pocket a boy, you can read the year of his birth. In this picture, the master surpassed himself. Nowhere before El Greco could not so well convey sadness, grief, and his saints - is the embodiment of the highest spiritual beauty.
The Church of Sao Tome has become a real place of pilgrimage and still attracts tourists because only here they can admire the masterpieces of world art, which is considered one of the most important works of El Greco.