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    The Aqueduct

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Oct 20, 2014

    The Aqueduct of Segovia (or more precisely, the aqueduct bridge) is a Roman aqueduct and one of the most significant and best-preserved ancient monuments left on the Iberian Peninsula. It is the foremost symbol of Segovia, as evidenced by its presence on the city's coat of arms.

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    The Alcazar

    by solopes Updated Oct 19, 2014

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    Half fortress half palace, the Alcazar doesn't look Spanish but German, reminding us the Bayern or Rhine castles. However, it really fits well in location, in a steep hill upon the river.

    Despite the successive fires, damages and restorations, it keeps being a really interesting piece of architecture.

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    The Old Town

    by solopes Updated Oct 19, 2014

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    If you walk across old town (and you surely must do it) you will be so impressed by the immensity of monuments, that you risk not to look in detail, to the magnificent collection of old houses, in traditional style.

    Now that you're alerted, take your time, and enjoy.

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    Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Oct 2, 2014

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    Built in the highest point of town, close to Main Square and visible from everywhere, the cathedral is like a gothic island in the middle of a Romanesque archipelago.

    Built in the XVI century, it impresses by its size, the stained glass windows, and the cloister with Flemish influences.

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    Romanesque churches

    by solopes Updated Sep 14, 2014

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    Romanesque is the word most applied to Segovia. So, it makes sense to highlight one church as the local symbol of that style. Sure! But...

    Which one? They are so many! They are so beautiful! Maybe San Millan? Why not? But why not San Juan de los Caballeros? And San Martin? and...

    Give up! You better have a look for yourself: they are close to each other and easy to visit.

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    the aqueduct

    by gwened Updated Feb 3, 2014

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    a masterpiece of Roman engineering and still looks wonderful, a must to visit while in this beautiful city.
    read more at VT destination Segovia or the tourist office of Segovia
    http://www.turismodesegovia.com/

    below I have the Unesco webpage on the aqueduct. I lived in Madrid for several years and came here often, even later visited with the family,the latest are photos from the times. its a must even if just coming for Madrid to stop by here.

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    Catedral de Segovia

    by gwened Written Nov 4, 2013

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    One of the jewels of Spain and one of my favorites. Link not only to Spain but the history of the Americas, which the Queen Isabel I the Catholic was crowned first here queen of Castile.

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    The main square is framed by beautiful pinnacles of the apse of the Cathedral, afternoon meeting point of storks. Late Gothic style, began to be built in 1525 It replaced the old cathedral located in the current gardens of the Alcázar and destroyed during the Guerra of the communities in 1520.

    On the outside, to the West, is the main façade, known as Puerta del Perdón, with the sculpture of the Virgin, work of Juan Guas.

    Next to it lies the stone floors, a space that is currently used for cultural activities. The Tower, located on the side of the epistle, is one of the most striking by its high altitude and has been inhabited until the middle of the 20th century by the ringer. It constitutes a privileged viewpoint over the city, although it is only possible to access it with a special permission.

    South opens the door of San Geroteo, first bishop of Segovia and, to the North, San Frutos door, built in honor of the patron saint of the city at the beginning of the 17C. Another focus of interest is the apse, which adjoins the old Jewish quarter, seasoned by buttresses and pinnacles of florid Gothic, of limestone, surrounding the great dome.

    The plant is three naves with transept, with a semicircular apse in the header and ambulatory, surrounded by chapels. The grandeur and harmony of dimensions define the interior. Leisurely observation deserve the stained-glass windows ( 16C), the altarpiece dedicated to Ntra. Ms. Paz (14C), donated to the city by Enrique IV, the choir stalls (end of 15C) from the old cathedral, the beautiful baroque organs, the railings or neoclassical jubé which keeps the urn with the relics of San Frutos.

    It houses 18 chapels located in the ambulatory and in the aisles, with important paintings and sculptures. Inside are the Romanesque Calvary located at the entrance of the chapel of the sacrament; the triptych by Ambrosius Benson and the altarpiece of mercy, by Juan de Juni, in the chapel of the Holy burial, alongside San Frutos door; and the recumbent Christ by Gregorio Fernández.

    A cloister of Juan Guas coming from the old cathedral, Romanesque and moved stone by stone to its current location, precedes the rooms of the Cathedral Museum. The Cathedral archive preserves more than 500 incunabula, among them the Sinodal de Aguilafuente, first book printed in Spain.

    Like I said a must to see. Open October to march from 9h30 - 17h30; April to September from 9h30 - 18h30. Admission is 3 € Sundays is free from 9h30 to 13h15

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    Alcazar fortress, Segovia

    by gwened Updated Nov 4, 2013

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    wonderful realm of queen Isabella of the Trostamundo, queen of Castile and Queen of Spain as Isabel I the Catholic. Its a must to see in the area whether at Segovia or Madrid, come over .

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    The oldest remains found at the site are a few granite blocks similar to the Roman aqueduct, which suggests that in times of the Roman domination of the city already had to be a castro or fortification. On the ruins of the alcazar was erected as fortress hispano-arabe. The first documental news that remains of the building dates from the year 1122, shortly after that Alfonso VI of León reconquer the city, although it was not until the year 1155 when it appears with the name of Alcázar, in a letter guarded in the catedral file was the residence of King Alfonso VIII. In 1258, reigning Alfonso X, the Palace sank when the King was on his inside. This oldest nucleus corresponds to the weapons room. It was repeatedly restored and expanded, possibly from Alfonso X to Felipe II. In the middle ages, for their safety as by the proximity of hunting zones, the Alcázar became one of the favorite residences of the Kings of Castile, especially of Alfonso X. It was inhabited many times and became one of the most sumptuous palacios-castillos in the 15th century.
    The fortress later served as a State prison until Carlos III founded the Royal Artillery School which had its headquarters at the alcazar in Segovia in 1762. In 1862, a fire destroyed the sumptuous roofs of the noble rooms, which could be reconstructed faithfully following thanks to the existence of engravings.

    Inside you must see

    Torre de Juan II
    Sala del Palacio Viejo
    Sala de la Chimenea
    Sala del Trono o del Solio
    Sala de la Galera
    Sala de las Piñas
    Cámara Regia
    Sala de los Reyes
    Sala del Cordón
    Capilla
    Sala de Armas o Armería
    Museo del Real Colegio de Artillería

    The Alcazar castle one for the memories inside the Alcazar the ceilings of Sala de los Reyes north tower of Alcazar
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    Inside the Cathedral

    by breughel Written Feb 18, 2013

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    The last of the Gothic cathedrals of Spain is beautiful not only from outside but also inside. The size and height (33 m) of the nave and the decor of the ribs of the vaults are spectacular.
    There are ten side chapels and seven chapels of the ambulatory, all showing works of religious art of great value.
    I halted at the chapel of St James (Santiago) with a Baroque altarpiece telling the legend of the Apostle James. Firstly he is dressed as a pilgrim with stick and gourd, then an equestrian and military figuration of the Apostle in the battle of Clavijo in 844 against the Moors which earned him the nickname Santiago Matamoros (St James killer of Moors) and the origin of the pilgrimage to Santiago da Compostella.
    It should be reminded that the military figure of St James results from the seven centuries long fight for the liberation of the Iberian Peninsula invaded in 711 by the Muslims and ending with the fall of Grenade in 1492. Segovia lost its importance and many of its inhabitants under the Muslim occupation. The city recuperated its splendor after the Reconquista by Alfonso VI of Castile in 1079.
    The founder of the chapel (1595) was a Knight of the Order of St. Jacques.

    In another chapel I found a painting of a Caravel symbol of the Discovery of the Americas.

    Nevertheless for me the best part is the Cloister .

    Inside the Cathedral. Cathedral vaults. Chapel of Santiago. Caravel.
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    Sala Capitular and Museum.

    by breughel Updated Feb 17, 2013

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    I felt already happy visiting that splendid cloister of the cathedral and I became enthusiast when I entered the Chapter House - Sala Capitular.
    It is a very sumptuous room, the most elegant of Spain it is said, with a gilded coffered ceiling made with the first gold brought from America. Above the seat of the bishop from the 16 th c. stand a large Christ. The floor is in marble. All that is fine but it is on the walls that are on display ten tapestries from Brussels drawing the history of Queen Zenobia of Palmyra and making of this Chapter House a "must see" for all amateurs of decorative arts.

    The ten tapestries are signed and were woven in Brussels by Geeraert-Peemans who lived in the 17th century. It is easy to find at the bottom of the tapestries the famous B in B (Brussel in Brabant).

    The cartoons of the tapestries are attributed to the workshop of Rubens.

    Let me just remember here that it has been calculated that a weaver would need a full year to weave 8 to 10 m2 of a tapestry. As there are ten tapestries it is a complete workshop that weaved these marvels.

    Next is the Capitular Museum showing various paintings, sculptures and jewelry. Here also are on display Flemish Tapestries but from Oudenaarde showing more "verdure" and from a later century (18 th).

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    Cloister - Claustro de Juan Guas.

    by breughel Updated Feb 13, 2013

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    This is for me the nicest part of the Cathedral and one of the best examples of Flamboyant Gothic.
    Actually this cloister by Juan Guas is older (1470) than the present Cathedral and belonged to the old cathedral located next to the Alcazar. The cloister was dismantled stone by stone in 1524 and moved to the new cathedral built between 1525 and the next century.

    Impressive are the dimensions of the cloister (36 x 36 m), the 5,25 m wide galleries with high vaults but even more the sublime elegance of the pillars, columns and arches.
    I hope that my photos will express my admiration better than my words.

    There are several chapels as well as the tomb the architect Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón builder of the cathedral. On the cloister opens the Chapter House, a very sumptuous room and the Capitular Museum. I will come back on them because they shown some famous tapestries of the Royal Collection ( Chapter house).

    Entry on the south side of the church by the chapel of Cristo del Consuelo. Same ticket as the cathedral.

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    Aqueduct

    by alectrevor Updated Feb 12, 2013

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    The low building in picture is the tourist office, they had sent me loads of pamplets on Segovia, in the office they were very helpful. The Aqueduct has 167 arches in the bridge, is 220m long from river intake to the Alcazar,height of bridge is 28.10 m, and is built of granite from Guadarraama. Built in the first century AD. Is a World Heritage Site.

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    Monasterio del Parral

    by breughel Written Feb 10, 2013

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    The Monastery of Saint Mary of Parral is a convent of the Order of Saint Jerome just outside the walls of Segovia near the Alcazar and the church of La Vera Cruz. It was founded by King Henry IV of Castile in 1454. The main Gothic chapel houses a beautifully worked, polychrome altarpiece by Juan Rodriguez.

    It is possible to visit the church:
    From Wednesday to Saturday, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and from 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM.
    Tuesday from 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
    Closing days: Monday free
    Entry is free.

    Monasterio del Parral.
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    La Vera Cruz Church.

    by breughel Written Feb 10, 2013

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    At the foot of the hill of the Alcazar stand this unique Romanesque church from the 13th c. built on a dodecagonal plan. Its construction has traditionally been attributed to the Templars, but is now believed to be constructed by the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Crusade Orders used this model of church as well as the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, inspired by the early Christian Roman baptisteries, to build their churches in Spain or France.
    The exterior is in simple masonry with small windows. Inside, the round nave centers on an unusual two-story gallery. The apse and the tower were added later.
    The church now belongs to the order of Malta.

    It is a church that raises curiosity because of the Templars and the peculiar inside.
    Its position in the landscape is also surprising because the church is surrounded by dry, even deserted land while the close Alcazar stands on a green hill.
    From the La Vera Cruz church the views and photos of the Alcazar are the best.

    Visits: Tue-Sun 10.30-13.30 h & 15.30-19 h.; closed on Mondays and in November.
    Price: 1,50 €

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    The church of San Andrés.

    by breughel Written Feb 8, 2013

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    When walking from the Cathedral towards the Alcazar you can not miss the gardens of the Plaza de la Merced and another typical Romanesque church San Andrés from the 12th c.
    Special of this church are the two apses. Above the three naves rises a slender brick Mudejar tower with three stores.
    Segovia has several of these so nice Romanesque churches. San Andrés is not even one of the nicest. If l come back to Segovia I'll take enough time to visit the best known ones: San Esteban, San Juan de los Caballeros, San Sebastian, La Trinidad and San Millan.

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