6 Magnificent Monuments To See In Segovia

6 magnificent monuments that you must see in Segovia

Segovia is a city that is home to dozens of charms, so it is not surprising that it is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We want to show you its most valuable jewels, those places that you have to see in Segovia without excuse, those that give it that unparalleled beauty that it represents. Can you come with us?

1. The aqueduct, a must  see in Segovia

Without a doubt, it is the most representative monument in the city, and one of the most significant examples of the passage of the Romans through the Iberian Peninsula. Without a doubt, the first of the places to see in Segovia.

Aqueduct, one of the places to see in Segovia
Aqueduct of Segovia – javarman

And it was an essential tool to transport water over thousands of meters and thus supply the inhabitants of the then known Segouia.

The Aqueduct, whose construction dates from the second century AD, consists of one hundred and twenty pillars that support one hundred and sixty-seven arches, made up of stones carved in the shape of a rectangle that are not seated with any type of mortar. At the top of each of its ends you can see two niches that house the image of the Virgen del Carmen and that of San Sebastián, placed in the 16th century.

2. The Alcazar of Segovia

Alcazar, one of the places to see in Segovia
Alcazar of Segovia – Sorin Colac

Raised on a hill, anyone who contemplates it will think that they are in front of a palace straight out of a true fairy tale. It is not for less, because it has a unique beauty. In addition, it is one of the most distinctive castles in Spain and throughout Europe due to its shape like a ship’s bow.

On the other hand, the Alcázar of Segovia brings together architectural tastes of different monarchs and has had various functions over the centuries : from royal palace to state prison, to what is today, a museum that exhibits, among other things, military archives.

3. Cathedral of Santa María

Segovia Cathedral
Segovia Cathedral – Pabkov

Also known as the Lady of the Cathedrals for its size and elegance, it is in the Gothic style with some Renaissance features and was built between the 16th and 18th centuries. It is crowned by a tower from which you can enjoy a great panoramic view of Segovia.

Regarding the interior of the religious building, its chapels stand out (Capilla Mayor, de la Concepción, de la Piedad …); The chorus; the cloister, moved stone by stone from the old cathedral, destroyed in 1521; and the stained glass windows, a set of sixty-five pieces that constitutes one of the most important of the Spanish glass heritage.

4. The monastery of San Antonio el Real

Monastery of San Antonio el Real in Segovia
Monastery of San Antonio el Real -KarSol

It is one of the most important religious buildings in Segovia, although at first it served as a hunting lodge for Enrique IV. Gothic in style, its Mudejar coffered ceilings dating from 1455 stand out. The cloister also presents examples of Nasrid technique ceilings.

This chapel, made of white and red brick, has been converted into a museum. And it is that the monastery houses numerous works of art, both sculptural and pictorial. All of them of great value, that is why this is one of the places that you have to see in Segovia.

5. The wall of Segovia

View of Segovia
Segovia – Marques

Go through the old town and it has a length of more than three kilometers. It still conserves three of the five gates that it originally had: the San Andrés gate, which gives access to the Jewish quarter, the Santiago gate and the San Cebrián gate. Four of the eight initial shutters are also maintained: that of San Juan de los Caballeros, that of Santa Columba, that of La Luna or that of the Sun.

It seems that the construction of the first route began in Roman times. Later, when Alfonso VI of León seized the city from the Arabs, he ordered it to be enlarged. Its construction was made with granite ashlars, although tombstones from the Roman necropolis were also reused.

6. Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso

La Granja Palace in Segovia
Palace of the Granja de San Ildefonso – Marques

It is a few kilometers from Segovia. The complex is made up of the palace itself and other dependencies, such as the old chapel or the Tapestry Museum, where a collection of Flemish tapestries made in honor of Carlos I of Spain is exhibited.

The royal gardens should also be highlighted, an area of ​​one hundred and forty-six hectares that houses a fabulous set of monumental fountains, one of the palace’s greatest attractions. These fountains are inspired by classical mythology and are built in lead, but painted in imitation of bronze. Among the most famous is that of Neptune.

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