We Relived the Past in Segovia

“People forget years and remember moments.” ~ Ann Beattie

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Segovia Aqueduct

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.

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Just solid blocks with no mortar – it makes me wonder…

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.”

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Segovia Cathedral (Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de San Frutos)

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.

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Camino de Santiago’s emblem

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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20 thoughts on “We Relived the Past in Segovia

    • Debbie's Travel Wows May 27, 2018 / 7:36 pm

      It is lovely, thank you.

  1. Marsa Alam Desert Retreat May 28, 2018 / 8:41 am

    Sounds like a very interesting place, love the wonderful architecture too especially that amazing aqueduct. Very nice collection of pictures.

    • Debbie's Travel Wows May 28, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      Thank you. That aqueduct is very impressive.

  2. tlhpink May 28, 2018 / 9:12 am

    It looks like an interesting and beautiful place to visit.

    • Debbie's Travel Wows May 28, 2018 / 6:36 pm

      It is indeed.

    • Debbie's Travel Wows May 28, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      Why thank you!

  3. da-AL May 29, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    I have such fond memories of Spain…

    • Debbie's Travel Wows May 29, 2018 / 7:01 pm

      I really like Spain. Hope to retire there.

  4. Karis | Don't Dream, Just Travel May 31, 2018 / 4:56 am

    Spain is right on my doorstep (I live in Germany) but I haven’t been here yet! This looks amazing and I will definitely check out that aqueduct one day.

    • Debbie's Travel Wows May 31, 2018 / 6:15 pm

      Oh so close – well compared to me. I have Germany on my list of places to visit.

  5. Devendra May 31, 2018 / 5:13 am

    Such a wonderful place !!! Full on amazing architecture. It can really take you back in time.

    • Debbie's Travel Wows May 31, 2018 / 6:17 pm

      It is a beautiful city and yes, the architecture is amazing.

  6. preranaav May 31, 2018 / 5:43 am

    My lesson on European architecture sure takes shape in this post. It’s lovely to see the aqueducts and all the buildings.

    • Debbie's Travel Wows May 31, 2018 / 5:56 pm

      There are many beautiful places in Spain besides Madrid and Barcelona. I encourage you to visit Segovia.

  7. 1dish4theroad May 31, 2018 / 6:42 am

    Never been to this part of the world before. Thanks for introducing it, and for the great photos!

    • Debbie May 31, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      It is a great place to visit – so much history.

  8. Ria May 31, 2018 / 8:59 am

    Segovia! I have never heard of that name before! This post gave me a lot of new information and i would really love to visit that place once 🙂 Beautifully written!

    • Debbie's Travel Wows May 31, 2018 / 5:55 pm

      Thanks Ria, it is a beautiful place.

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