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 in Madrid where we parted towards Segovia, which was 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 sights I’ve seen. It is about 2,950 feet long, 94 feet high and has about 160 arches. It was built by Romans using solid blocks with no mortar to hold them 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 water 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. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

The Segovia Cathedral (Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de San Frutos), is a Gothic style Catholic Cathedral 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 inside and out. 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 in Calle Infanta Isabel in the Plaza Mayor of Segovia. It was first located in the center of the plaza. But 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 stands in the heart of the tourist area in Calle Real, between the aqueduct and the cathedral.

Every now and then during 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 pilgrimage 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 with narrow streets which are lined up with local shops, restaurants, and cafés. Just walking the streets visiting the small shops and sitting outside admiring the immense aqueduct while sipping a cup of coffee or looking at the spectacular views was such a delight. We visited Segovia during the month of October, which was great because there were not too many tourists. I look forward to visiting the beautiful city of Segovia again.

Have you visited Segovia or have you done the pilgrimage El Camino de Santiago? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, is it in your bucket list? It should be.

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26 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.

  9. Neha Sharma August 15, 2018 / 11:53 pm

    The Segovia Aqueduct sounds so amazing! I hope I visit it soon 🙂

    • Debbie's Travel Wows August 16, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      It is an amazing place. I loved it. Hope you do get to visit soon.

      • Neha Sharma August 16, 2018 / 9:48 pm

        I hope so too! 🙂

  10. myenchantingfloridalife January 25, 2019 / 6:45 pm

    Wow what a beautiful place! I have never been to Spain, maybe one day! Love all your photos! Some of the architecture reminds me oh home though, I live in St. Augustine, oldest city in America, Spanish influence in the architecture of downtown.

    • Debbie's Travel Wows January 25, 2019 / 8:17 pm

      I live in Florida too! I need to drive to St. Augustine since I’ve never beent there.

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