How to see the most important sights of Segovia
Traveling in Spain by car is a wonderful opportunity to see the life of the country from the inside and go beyond the standard excursions from travel companies. If the car is rented, there is too much time, but the ideas for trips are over, then we recommend, without hesitation, to go to Segovia.
The city is located in the central part of the country, relatively close to the capital. There is no way out to the sea, of course, but this is offset by the magnificent monuments of architecture that have miraculously survived to this day. The works of scientists and archaeologists confirm the fact that the city was founded in 80 BC by the Romans.
You can get here by car from Madrid, having covered only 90 kilometers, and from any part of the Mediterranean coast. So, you can rent a car while in Malaga or Barcelona. It is worth preparing for the fact that the road will take at least 6 hours. Compensates for this wonderful view from the window of a car, as well as the mass of small settlements along the road. If you wish, you can also stay in the capital by visiting several museums or renting a hotel for a trip to Segovia.
The city itself is full of unique buildings belonging to different eras, but the main focus is advised to do in three locations: the great aqueduct, the ancient fortress and the cathedral. Next we look at these objects in more detail.
The facility is located in the heart of the city and is considered the largest in Europe. The total length of the preserved part of the structure is 720 meters. It was built in the first century AD, however, archaeologists have not yet been able to establish a more precise date. This does not prevent to admire the beautiful view of the building and think about how humanity managed to create it without modern technical means.
Initially, the system was designed to deliver water to citizens, in fact, being a kind of water supply. The remaining part of the object consists of 20,400 heavy stone blocks, which are not bonded at all and are held solely by their own weight. Find this miracle of ancient engineering is not difficult, just visit the center of Segovia.
The complex of magnificent buildings was built around the 12th century and was originally one of the most important residences of the Castilian kings. Some time after the discovery, the royal family left the fortress and settled in Madrid. The buildings were handed over to the police and turned into a real prison. The fate of the buildings remained unchanged until 1762, when the current governor organized here a military school for artillerymen. At the beginning of the 20th century, the main military archive of Spain began to work in Alcazar, and now a large museum is located here. In addition to exhibitions, tourists can visit the observation tower, which offers a rather beautiful panorama.
The fortress is located in the suburbs and is considered a tourist area, so you should not worry about parking. From the previous location you can get here on foot, a relatively short distance can be covered in just 15–20 minutes.
St. Mary's Cathedral
The attraction of Segovia, as a serious tourist center, lies in the fact that the most interesting objects are practically within walking distance from each other. Thus, St. Mary is located between the aqueduct and the fortress described above.
It is a series of buildings related to the Gothic style. It is noteworthy that the cathedral was built over 50 years and by the time all works were completed, the well-known Renaissance era began.
The highest point is considered to be the bell tower - 88 meters. You can see it even at the entrance to the city. There is a rather interesting story connected with this object. Until 1614, the design was higher due to the metal spire installed on the roof, which emphasized the overall style. However, after another lightning strike and a subsequent fire, the citizens insisted on installing the dome, believing that higher forces were involved in the events.
Now there is a large museum here, among which expositions one can find old-fashioned handmade jewelry and even the first city book published in 1472.