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The Old Town of Segovia and its Aquedecut is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with ancient architecture, rich history, and charming laneways. The incredible aqueduct stands as an entry gate to the city. From there, you can wander up the hill, through the Old Town all the way to the Alcazar of Segovia. As a half hour by train from Madrid, Segovia provides a perfect day trip from Spain’s capital city.
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Aqueduct of Segovia
The most striking feature of Segovia is its Roman aqueduct. The exact origin of the aqueduct is unknown, but it is assumed that it was built in the 1st century AD. The aqueduct transported water from a mountain range 17km from Segovia, and is one of the largest and best preserved remaining aqueducts. The aqueduct provides a perfect gateway into the history and charm of this ancient Roman town.
Church of Saint Millan
Church of Saint Millan is one the of oldest churches in the city, built in the early 1100s. It stands just outside of the city walls and is slightly out of the typical tourist path, but it is well worth a visit.
San Esteban Church
San Esteban Church stands in the Old Town of Segovia, adding a beautiful feature to its skyline. The bell tower stands 53 meters high, making it the tallest Romanesque bell tower in Spain!
Plaza de Medina del Campo
Plaza de Medina del Campo is a popular plaza in the heart of Segovia. The picturesque plaza is filled with photo opportunities - be sure to see our post on taking better travel photos to help you get the best photos! Within the plaza, you’ll find the Torreón de Lozoya, a tall tower from the 14th century and San Martin Church. San Martin Church is a beautiful Romanesque building featuring a Baroque roof, a grand marble plaque, and several arches that make up part of its facade.
This massive cathedral sits in the main square, Plaza Mayor. The original cathedral was located next to the Alcazar, but it burned down in a fire. The current cathedral was rebuilt in the 1500s at the hight point in the city! Tickets are required to enter the cathedral and to visit the bell tower.
Alcazar of Segovia
The Alcazar of Segovia, or the ‘Segovia Fortress’, is a palace located at the top of the Old Town. The first reference to the palace was in 1120, just over 30 years after the city returned to Christian power. In 1474, Princess Isabella declared herself Queen of Castile, after news reached Segovia about the death of King Henry IV. Later, the Alcazar was renovated, became a state prison, and was renovated again in 1882 to its original state. A ticket is required to visit the interior of the palace, but you can view the facade and the beautiful garden surrounding the palace for free.
Mirador de la Pradera de San Marcos
From Mirador de la Pradera de San Marcos, you will discover a perfect view looking up at the fairytale like palace at the top of the hill.
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