The Marvelous City of Segovia

While in Spain, I explored the marvelous city of Segovia. I took a bus from Valladolid and once I arrived, it was surreal. This city is an old town built around A.D. 50 in the Castile and León region of Spain. Legend has it that the Roman god, Hercules, is the city’s founder.  I felt as if I was stepping back in time. The complexity of Segovia is worth telling as it was one of the few places in which the Moors, Christians and Jews coexisted and worked together in the 16th century. The evidence is seen in the well preserved buildings with amazing architectural designs.  One of the most noticeable monuments is the Roman aqueducts built in 50 BC. The two-tier aqueduct has 221 pillars and stands at 813 meters in length and 28.5 meters in height. I stood there in Awe wondering about all the uses of the aqueduct. The aqueducts serve as a distribution system for water as it was one of the most important water systems in the Roman Era. The Aqueducts of Segovia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that I highly recommend visiting.

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Aqueducts of Segovia; Photo courtesy of Tony Polanco

The historical city is also home to the the Medieval Fairy Tale Castle called the Alcázar. The Alcázar translates to the Fortress and is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle-palace is one of most distinct of its kind due to its unique shape. It has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy. It is currently serves as a museum. The view from the top of the castle is amazing and you can see a wonderful view of Gardens of Segovia.

My highlight of the entire trip was the Segovia Cathedral. Situated in the Plaza Mayor of the city, it is the last Goth-style cathedral built in Spain. It was built between 1525 and 1577 originally suited adjacent to Alcázar in order to protect it. However, it was relocated due to fear of multiple assaults upon it. The cathedral was designed by Juan Gil de Hontañón and later his son, Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón.

The Cathedral of Segovia; Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco

I can only imagine how they would move an entire cathedral (maybe Hercules moved it?). It contains a church containing three big vaults, a bell tower, an ambulatory, side chapels and designed glass windows. The bell tower is about 100 meters above the ground. It was once considered the tallest tower in Spain. Entering this cathedral was a journey. I took the tower tour of the Cathedral and I hiked the steep and narrow spiral staircase for what seemed like days. The entire time, I refused to look down out of fear of it being my last tour ever (no joke!). Upon arriving to the top of the Cathedral I felt very accomplished.

Inside the Cathedral of Segovia; Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.
On Top of the Cathedral; Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco
On Top of the Cathedral; Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.


16 thoughts on “The Marvelous City of Segovia

  1. Intriguing reading about Segovia; I’ve never heard much about it at all, still haven’t been to Europe yet but it’s definitely on my list! Thanks for sharing some cool history and architecture with us!


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