Segovia ciudad patrimonio

If there’s one thing the people of Segovia are extremely proud of, it’s their city; declared "Heritage of Mankind" by UNESCO in 1985. This official acknowledgement is in a large part due to one of the world’s best preserved Roman aqueducts, which today, is Segovia’s most famous landmark.

Legend has it that the aqueduct was built by the devil himself, although historians rightly credited the Romans for its construction. Around the first century the Romans raised 166 arches with blocks of stone which stayed in place without the use of mortar, or any other material. Despite the passing of centuries, this amazing feat of engineering still stands strong today. The aqueduct crosses the Azoguejo Square, which for many years was a lively meeting point, with the hustle and bustle of passing traders, merchants and travelers.

In this city full of surprises, one can even find sharp diamond-shaped studs peering at them. These tips, which are carved out of granite, are there to protect the good name of the ‘Casa de los Picos’. The house’s owner ordered that the façade of the building be covered with diamond shaped blocks of stone. The reason behind this curious design was that the owner hoped fellow

Segovians would stop referring to the property by its original name, the Jew’s House, and instead call the house by its new name, ‘Casa de los Picos’.

Beautiful sphinxes, or some say mermaids, are the first to welcome visitors to Saint Martin’s Square. The porticos of its church protect travelers from the biting Castilian winds. From this vantage point visitors can enjoy the view of the Torreón de Lozoya. The tower is decorated with molten metal, scraps that were considered unfit for use by blacksmiths.

The construction of the cathedral in 1525 was thanks to the dedication, commitment and altruistic co-operation of the people of Segovia. Today this remarkable and elegant cathedral is a wonder to be marveled at, its grandiose interior and striking exterior… breathtaking. The Door of Pardon, or Forgiveness, is the first attraction of a visit where the visitor will enter a Cathedral offering remarkable light and a series of elegant ribbed vaults and beautiful stained glass windows.

Our journey ends with a trip down the Clamores and Eresma rivers, waterways which wind their way towards the prow of Segovia, to a monument that has often been compared to a ship, the Alcázar…

Built on Roman ruins, the building’s beauty is like that of a fairy castle. Once inside the Alcazar, one can review some of Spain’s past in the form of the Catholic Monarchs, illustrious tenants on walls with many stories to tell.