the route at the plaza del Azoguejo,
which was the main plaza and one-time Moroccan market, we encounter
the first large structure, probably the most emblematic of the city:
the Aqueduct, which brought water from Acebeda (17km away) and crossed
the city to arrive to the Alcazar (fortress).
here, the Calle Mayor extends and runs
to the Plaza Mayor. It is divided in sections: Cervantes,
Juan Bravo, Plazuela del Corpus and Isabel la Catolica. Together
they form an interesting architectural ensemble from the 15th and
Mayor street we find: the Mirador de la Canaleja
(scenic overlook), from which you can contemplate the mountain of
La Mujer Muerta (Dead Woman), the famous peaked house once owned
by Juan de la Hoz, the Palacio de Torreagero,
which has an interesting patio with Renaissance columns in the city's
typical patio structure. The late 15th C. Palacio del Conde Alpuente
rises in the Plaza del Platero Oquendo.
The palace shows off some beautiful flamboyant Gothic windows. Also,
the Alhondiga was an old grain store
and today is the Municipal Archive and exhibition hall.
The Plaza de Medina del Campo is found
presided by the Romano-Castilian Iglesia de
San Martin, and it is in this plaza where the Segovian bars
and restaurants open their terraces in good weather. The plaza is
culminated by the statue of Juan Bravo and
the Sirens, Neoclassical sphinxes with the body of a woman
and the head of a lion.
in the Plazuela de las Bellas Artes
(Plaza of Fine Arts), you find the Esteban
Vicente Museum of Contemporary Art, located in the old Palacio
de Enrique IV.
again on Calle Real, we encounter the Carcel
Real (Royal Jailhouse) or Carcel Vieja (Old Jailhouse), which
today is used as a Public Library. Lope de Vega was once locked
up in its cells in 1577.
Plaza Mayor is the heart of Segovia.
It is dominated by the Ayuntamiento/City
Hall, a 1610 granite building. The Iglesia
de San Miguel is also in this plaza and here is where Isabel
la Catolica was proclaimed Queen of Castilla. Houses from the 20s
and 30s surround the plaza, between which you can see the pinnacles
of the Cathedral. This late Gothic
style cathedral was built starting from 1525 with the help of volunteers
of Segovia after the destruction of the old cathedral in 1510 during
the War of the Communities. Built in limestone, its façade
is dotted with doors and windows, and adorned with the buttresses
and pinnacles that define its style. This inside is grandiose and
proportioned and is highlighted by its glass windows and the main
altarpiece, dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Paz (Our Lady
of Peace). The choir stalls are from the Old Cathedral. Around the
chapel and in the central lateral naves, you can visit 18 chapels
that hold important paintings and sculptures. From the Cathedral,
you can access the Diocesan Museum,
which has gold and silver artisan pieces, paintings and sculpture.
Palacio del Marques del Arco is just
in front of the Cathedral. In its interior you can find a stunning
the last section before arriving to the Alcazar, you will find the
Barrio de Las Caninjias (Neighborhood of Canonry).
Alcazar rises up, like the castle in
a fairy tale, over the rivers of Eresma and Clamores. It is preceded
by some lovely gardens which offer a splendid view
of the Jewish cementary and the Iglesia de la Vera Cruz y Zarramala.
In the silhouette of the Castle-Fortress that is the Alcazar, what
stands out is the tower of Alfonso X el Sabio,
from which the monarch divided the stars, and that of Juan
II, with beautiful illustrations. On the inside, the bedrooms
surround the patio of Arms and the Clock Patio. Note the artisanry
of the Salon de los Reyes, in golden hexagons and rhomboids.
barrio de los Caballeros (Neighborhood
of Knights), between the plazas of San Esteban
and Colmenares is dominated by the
parish churches: Trinidad, San Nicolas, San
Martin, San Juan and San Sebastian, which live together with
Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque palaces: Valdeaguila,
de los Campo, de los Mansilla, de Avedaño
old Segovian Sephardi
neighborhood was enclosed by seven brick arches, those inside lived
in rubble masonry and brick houses, with timber framework and an
interior corral. This neighborhood had six synagogues:
Mayor, Vieja, de Burgos, del Campo, de los Ibanez de Segovia,
which proved the importance of the Jewish population in Segovia.
the province of Segovia there are also many
villages to visit, those that may be of most interest are:
Pedraza and Sepulveda as examples of
Romanic Segovia, Riaza and Sotosalbos
as mountain towns, Coca and Santa Maria de
Mieva as examples of Mudejar, and El
Espinar and Villacastin with Gothic architecture.