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Segovia, Spain - attractions, pictures

 

Segovia - a small town near Madrid.

 

 Segovia.

Segovia

Tourist it makes a large number of preserved attractions, and, of course, proximity to the capital - you can plan a one-day excursion. From Madrid to Segovia, it's very easy to get there - many buses leave Moncloa bus station at intervals of 10 minutes. up to an hour. Go for about an hour.

 

 Segovia.

Segovia

The symbol of Segovia is the aqueduct. The city was founded in 80 BC. (Romans, naturally) and in the early I century was already so large that it took such a grandiose construction to supply it with water.

 

 The aqueduct of Segovia

 The aqueduct of Segovia (I century)

 

This is the longest surviving in Western Europe Roman aqueducts - 728 m. And before, it stretched for 17 km. up to the mountain river Fuete Fria, from where, actually, water was delivered.

 

 The aqueduct of Segovia

 The aqueduct of Segovia (I century)


The aqueduct rests on the fortress wall on the mountain. It is here that its maximum height is - 28 m.

 

 The aqueduct of Segovia

 The aqueduct of Segovia (I century)

 

More from the Romans there is nothing left - the other attractions of Segovia are completely Spanish.

Church of St. Justus and Pastor - a small Romanesque building with a clearly new bell tower. They write that the veneration of these so-called. "holy children" tortured during the "persecutions" of Diocletian is very common in Western Europe, but personally for the first time I see the church dedicated to them.

 

 Segovia. Church of St. Justus and Pastor

 Church of St. Justus and Pastor
Iglesia de los Santos Justo y Pastor (XII-XIII century)


 Segovia. Church of the Savior

Church of the Savior
Iglesia de el Salvator (XVI century)

 

Monastery of St. Antony is interesting with the frescoes preserved on the walls of the buildings.

 

 Segovia.  Royal Monastery of St. Antony

 Royal Monastery of St. Antony
Monasterio de San Antonio el Real (XV century)

 

 Segovia. Church of St. Thomas

Church of St. Thomas
Iglesia de Santo Tomas (XIII century)

 

Church of St. Eulalie was rebuilt from the mosque. This, incidentally, in Castile, unlike more southern provinces, the phenomenon is not so frequent. Still, here the Arabs ruled not so long.
The belltower was newly made - XIX century.

 

 Segovia. Church of St. Eulalie

Church of St. Eulalie
Iglesia de Santa Eulalia (XII-XVII century)

 

Church of St. Millenes is considered a model of the Romanesque style in Segovia, apparently because, in addition to the characteristic apses, there is a gallery with columns.

 

 Segovia. Церковь св. Миллены

Church of St. Millenes
Iglesia de San Millan (XII-XIII century)

 

All of the above is outside the walls, but within the urban development.
Outside the city there are several interesting places.

The Church of Vera Cruz is built in the form of a dodecagon, which is rarely found and founded by the Templars. These circumstances were enough to start assumptions about a certain mystery. :)

 

 Segovia. Church of the True Cross

 Church of the True Cross
Iglesia de la Vera Cruz (XII century)

 

The monastery of St. Mary del Parral ("on the vine") was built for a long time, then it was destroyed for a long time and was restored for a long time. Now it's hard to understand what's left of the original.

 

 Segovia. Monastery of St. Mary del Parral

Monastery of St. Mary del Parral
Monasterio Santa Maria Del Parral (XIV-XV century)

 

 

 Segovia. Church of St. Mark

Church of St. Mark
Iglesia de San Marcos (XI century)

 

The main attractions of Segovia are located on a mountain, surrounded by a fortification wall.

Part of the city fortifications already existed with the Arabs, after the conquest (XI century), Alfonso VI ordered them to complete. Naturally, in the future they were modernized.

 

 Segovia. City Wall

City Wall
Las Murallas

 Segovia. Gates of St. Andrew

Gates of St. Andrew
Puerta de San Andres (XV century)

 

 Segovia. Church of the Jesuit Monastery

Church of the Jesuit Monastery
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus (XVI century)

 

In Segovia there was a royal palace built by Juan II (1406-1454) for his son, future Enrique IV, who later earned the piquant nickname El Impotente. However, in Spanish this word means only "powerless". From the palace there were several small houses, due to the fact that in the early 16th century, arranged a hospital.

 

 Segovia. Former royal palace

 Former royal palace (XV-XVI century)

 

Church of St. Marten is a rather large Romanesque church with a characteristic colonnade and bell tower in Moorish style. The gate of the western facade is one of the largest among the Spanish Romanesque churches.

 

 Segovia. Church of St. Marten

  Church of St. Marten
Iglesia de San Martin (XII century)

 

 Segovia. Church of St. Marten

  Church of St. Marten
Iglesia de San Martin (XII century)

 

The church of the body of Christ is sandwiched between two neighboring buildings and is almost invisible - even the cross is not visible. Its peculiarity is that the church was altered from the main city synagogue, which became unnecessary after the expulsion of Jews from Spain at the end of the XV century.

 

 Segovia. The Church of the Body of Christ (formerly the Great Synagogue)

 The Church of the Body of Christ (formerly the Great Synagogue)
Iglesia del Corpus Christi (Antigua Sinagoga Mayor) (XII-XV century)  

 

On the main square, which, like in many other Spanish cities, is called the "Main Square" :), is the cathedral of Segovia.

 

 Segovia. Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

 

The cathedral is very large. It is considered one of the most recent Gothic churches in Europe, although it has a bell tower already Renaissance. Looks all this pile of towers odd. Inside, like most Spanish cathedrals, it's boring. Chapels, chapels, everything is quite monotonous.

 

 Segovia.St. Mary's Cathedral

 St. Mary's Cathedral
Catedral de Santa Maria (XVI century)

 

 Segovia. St. Mary's Cathedral

 St. Mary's Cathedral
Catedral de Santa Maria (XVI century)

 

On the hill washed by two rivers, the castle of Segovia rises, which also served as a royal residence. It looks beautiful, although, in my opinion, restorers are too carried away.

 

 Segovia. Алькасар

Alcazar of Segovia
El Alcazar de Segovia (XI-XVI century)

 

According to one version, the wedding of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon took place in the Alcazar of Segovia, which initiated the unification of Spain (another version gives the palm of Valladolid primacy).

 

 Segovia. Alcazar of Segovia

 Alcazar of Segovia
El Alcazar de Segovia (XI-XVI century)

 

Church of St. Stephen is distinguished by an impressive tower and, again, an arched gallery. Here, after all, it is clear that the city has existed since the time of antiquity. It would seem that nothing but an aqueduct from the Romans was left, but no - nowhere else saw so many churches with this typically Roman detail.

 

 Segovia. Church of St. Stephen

  Church of St. Stephen
Iglesia de San Esteban (XII-XIII century)

 

Church of St. Cyricus is notable for the fact that in her appearance one can understand how small churches were built in general. It consists of several, very unlike parts, which were built at different times.

 

 Segovia. Church of St. Cyricus

 Church of St. Cyricus
Iglesia de San Quirce (XII century)

 

The founder of the order of the brothers-preachers (Dominicans) was a Spaniard, therefore in Spain the name of the Dominican monasteries always includes the surname of the saint, so that no one will forget about it. :)

 

 Segovia. Monastery of St. Dominique Guzman

 Monastery of St. Dominique Guzman
Convento de Santo Domingo de Guzman (XIII-XVII century)

 

 Segovia. Church of St. Juan

 Church of St. Juan
Iglesia de San Juan de los Caballeros (XI-XIII century)


 

 

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