looking at the story the pit and the pendulum.
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The action takes place in the city of Toledo in central Spain. When the Romans conquered the site in 193 B.C., they named the settlement there Toletum, from which the name Toledo was derived. Toletum meant "raised high" or "raised aloft," because the settlement sat on a rocky promontory about 2,400 feet above sea level. It became an important cultural center and was famous for the skill with which its artisans produced swords. Toledo is about 40 miles southwest of Madrid.