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The city of Segovia (Spain)

March 25, 2020

Roman aqueduct of Segovia Segovia belongs to the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León. It is located at an altitude of 1,008 meters above sea level and at a distance of Madrid of 88 kilometers and 111 from Valladolid.

It has a population of more than 50,000 inhabitants. Its climate in the middle of winter is very cold with temperatures up to 15o below zero and close to 40o in the summer season.

The old part of the city with its Aqueduct, was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1985, being undoubtedly the most important legacy of Roman architecture in the Iberian Peninsula. It was created with the purpose of bringing water from the Acebeda River to the upper part of the city, without touching the Vado de los Clamores and ending in the Plaza de Azoguejo.

When the Romans arrived in Segovia they had the need to supply water to the city. The nearest river was 17 kilometers away, so they had the great idea of building the famous Roman Aqueduct of Segovia.

The lack of registration or any kind of data, makes it impossible to know for sure who built the Segovia Aqueduct. Although its origin is uncertain, its origin has been attributed to mythical deities

For the scholars of the eighteenth century it is an important vestige of Roman culture, but they have not agreed, whether it was during the empire of Trajan or Augustus. Its construction dates from between 112 and 116.

Apart from its 818-meter-long Aqueduct, where we can observe the perfection of the cuts in the stones and admire the lack of some material that one, it is advisable to visit the Jewish Quarter, the House of the Peaks and the Church of San Martín.

Likewise it is advisable to enjoy its gastronomy, visiting some of the restaurants in Segovia that offer us a varied menu, in which stand out the lamb of Sepúlveda, potatoes stewed with chorizo, roast suckling pig, trout, farm judiones, gallons and Segovian strikeouts, among others.

On a hill between the Eresma and Clamores rivers, the Alcázar de Segovia stands imposing. It is one of the most outstanding monuments in Spain and Europe. This palace has been used throughout its history for different purposes such as Royal Palace, State Prison, Military Academy and Artillery Center. Today it works like a museum. Since May 1,764, during the reign of Charles III, the Royal College of Artillery has formed Spanish officers. It is therefore the oldest training center in the world.

Another tourist destination to visit is the Royal Mint of Segovia, which was the seat of the first Mint in Spain and was built in the sixteenth century, belonging to the Crown. Currently you can make guided tours of this specimen monument, which was declared on June 8, 2000 as a Cultural Interest.

There are also other suggested places to visit in our tour guide: the Church of San Esteban, the Church of the Vera Cruz, the Segovia Museum, the Rodera-Robles Foundation Museum, the Witchcraft Museum, the Riofrío Palace or the Monastery of Parral, which will make the stay in Segovia, more than just a pleasant trip, full of adventures and knowledge.

To get to Segovia from Madrid, there are excellent communications, either via the A-6 motorway, AVE or by bus. It is only an hour from the capital, since the distance between Segovia and Madrid, is only 90 kilometers. This way it is a perfect place to make a 1 day tour from Madrid, as you can go back and forth on the same day.

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