“People forget years and remember moments.” ~ Ann Beattie
Our tour through Spain began at Madrid where we parted towards Segovia, which would be our first stop. Segovia is a small town located in the northwest of Spain. It is home to the monumental Segovia Aqueduct, Alcazar of Segovia Castle, Segovia Cathedral (Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de San Frutos), San Miguel Parish, the Saint Martin Church (Iglesia San Martin), as well as many other gothic style churches.
The aqueduct was one of the most impressive sites I’ve seen. It is about 2,950 feet long, 94 feet high and has approximately 160 arches. The monument was built by Romans using solid blocks with no mortar to hold it together with other than balancing force. The curiosity of how this huge monument is still standing kept us studying the aqueduct from corner to corner. It still carries river from the Frio River to the town of Segovia and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Segovia Aqueduct is a must in Spain.
The Segovia Cathedral (Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de San Frutos), is a Gothic style Catholic Cathedral located in the Plaza Mayor. Its construction began in the 16th century (1525) and it was one of the last gothic style church constructions in Europe. It’s a beautiful architecture that cannot be missed. Cathedrals are one of the most beautiful architectures in Spain. We also visited the “Iglesia Parroquial San Miguel” and “Iglesia San Martin.”
The San Miguel Parish is located in Calle Infanta Isabel in the Plaza Mayor of Segovia. It was first located in the center of the plaza. It was demolished in 1532 to enlarge the Plaza Mayor and the church was built on its current location in Calle Infanta.
The San Martin Church is a national monument and one of the most emblematic medieval temples. It is located in the heart of the tourist area in Calle Real, between the aqueduct and the cathedral.
Along our walk through Segovia and various areas in Spain, we came across an emblem of a conch shell. According to what we read, it is a sign of the routes for Camino de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage that dates back to the 9th century with its final destination to be the “Catedral de Santiago de Compostela.” This walk is something we’d like to do.
The Alcazar Castle is at the very top of a cliff in Segovia. It was built before the early 12th century. The Alcazar Castle has served as a fortress, a royal palace, a prison, a royal school of artillery and a historical military archive. It is now a museum and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Segovia is a beautiful city. Narrow streets are lined up with local shops, restaurants, and cafes. To walk in its narrow streets just visiting the small shops and to sit outside admiring the immense aqueduct while sipping a cup of coffee or looking at the spectacular views was a delight. We visited Segovia during the month of October, which was great since there were not too many tourists. I will definitely visit Segovia again.
Have you visited Segovia? If so, what are your thoughts?
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