Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old city of Segovia is spectacularly situated atop a long, narrow promontory.
It contains a wealth of monuments, including a cathedral, a magnificent ancient Roman aqueduct, and the beautiful fairy-tale spires of the Alcázar, or castle-palace, that towers over the countryside below.
Scattered about the city are a half a dozen Romanesque churches of great interest, and a church that was once a synagogue.
The Roman aqueduct of Segovia, probably built c. A.D. 50, is remarkably well preserved. This impressive construction, with its two tiers of arches, forms part of the setting of the magnificent historic city of Segovia.
The Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the most significant and best-preserved ancient monuments left on the Iberian Peninsula. It is the foremost symbol of Segovia, as evidenced by its presence on the city’s coat of arms.
At the end of the 20th century, a German archaeologist managed to decipher the text on the dedication plaque of the aqueduct by studying the anchors that held the now missing bronze letters in place. Using this method, he was able to determine that in actuality it was the Roman Emperor Domitian who ordered its construction.
The aqueduct transports waters from Fuente Fría River, situated in the nearby mountains, from the city in a region known as La Acebeda.
The first reconstruction of the aqueduct took place during the reign of the King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile. A total of 36 arches were rebuilt, with great care taken not to change any of the original work or style.
The aqueduct is the city’s most important architectural landmark. It had been kept functioning throughout the centuries and is preserved in excellent condition. It even provided water to Segovia until recently! Because of decay of stone blocks, water leakage from the upper viaduct, and pollution that caused the granite masonry to deteriorate and crack, the site was listed in the 2006 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund. Contrary to popular belief, vibrations caused by traffic that used to pass under the arches did not affect the aqueduct due to its great mass.
Spain brought together the Ministry of Culture, the regional government of Castilla y León, and other local institutions to collaborate in implementing the project, and provided assistance through the global financial services company American Express. The Aqueduct is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We walked the entire length of the Aqueduct, while gazing up in wonderment. You can actually walk along the top………of course chicken Tin Man said no to that idea!
It was quite amazing to see this impressive architectural achievement. The excitement and physical activity worked up an appetite, so off in search of culinary delights, we went.
We found an ancient place, Meson El Cordero
and what a delight it was….
The Bean Soup was our very favorite….it is a traditional dish from the area….
….followed by the Roast Suckling Pig…
…and a marvelous assortment of sweets…
Thank you for joining me in this walk under the Aqueduct of Segovia…
…we have been traveling about Europe for the past six weeks and I plan to share many more stories with you soon….