Close to Madrid, Segovia still retains the spirit of old Spanish cities. These are some of the monuments valued by UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage site in 1985.
It is one of the most spectacular legacies of the Roman Empire in Spain. It is made up of 166 arches spanning the more than 17 kilometres of the aqueduct, which transported water from La Acebeda to the Alcázar, defying the laws of gravity, since the only thing that keeps the structure standing is its balance of forces; no kind of mortar was used in its construction. Legend says that Segovia's Aqueduct is the result of a pact between a girl and the devil in which she offered him her soul in exchange for water to reach her house before the crack of dawn.
The apse of this temple, the construction of which began in 1525, marks the boundaries between the Plaza Mayor and the Judería Vieja (Old Jewish Quarter). Inside, the 16th century stained glass windows and the Altarpiece designed by Sabatini are particularly noteworthy.
The splendid views over the Pinarillo (with the Jewish Cemetery), Zamarramala and the Church of Vera Cruz are reason enough to make your way to this old castle. A deep moat with its drawbridge provides access to this fortress, which became the royal residence in the 13th century, and from whose tower, Alfonso X studied the firmament. To the left, lies the Casa de la Química, built in the period of the Enlightenment, which was Louis Proust's research centre.
Other Places of Interest
El Azoguejo (diminutive of zoco, the Spanish word for souk)
Despite the changes it has undergone over the years, the monumental heritage continues to be the heart of the city. Its streets were the point where the roads converged, and these became the meeting place for traders. Nowadays, it is an excellent starting point to discover the city.
This area is where the Casa de la Imprenta and the Casa de la Inquisición were located, but it was also a shelter for artists such as Zuolaga and Maurice Fromkes. It was precisely the American painter who gave the gardens of Calle de Velarde their name, from which the valley of Eresma can be admired.
Antonio Machado House
At number 5, Calle Desamparados, you can visit the former Casa de Huéspedes, where Antonio Machado lived for 12 years.
This area is home to some of the most interesting Romanesque churches in the city: Trinidad, San Nicolás, San Martín and San Sebastián. Inside the Dominican convent, visitors will be able to see the sculpture in the Tower of Hercules, which represents Hercules, founder of the city.
What was once the largest synagogue in Segovia is now the Corpus Christi Convent.
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