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Friday, September 21, 2018

Europe - Spain, Segovia - 5 Reasons to Visit - September 2018


It's Friday, September 21, 2018, we stopped in a small city located in the Central part of Spain. Segovia, which is an old town that is the home of One of the greatest surviving monuments of Roman engineering aqueduct


Most impressive in Segovia is the colossal monument that makes the city stand out among other historical Spanish towns: its Roman Aqueduct. 

 The Aqueduct of Segovia was built during the second half of the 1st century A.D. under the rule of the Roman Empire and supplied water from the Frío River to the city.  It is 2000 years old.


It is a symbol of the city, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
 View of the  Segovia Cathedral a Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral located in the main square (Plaza Mayor) 

 In Granada, on March 31,1492, just a few months after the final defeat of the Moors, the ‘Catholic Monarchs’, Isabel and Ferdinand, promulgated The Edict of Expulsion, decreeing that the Jews in all of Spain had four months to either convert to Christianity or leave the country. This ended almost 300 years of Jewish presence in Segovia.


A Jewish community can be traced back to 1215 and for almost 200 years there were few restrictions on their place of residence. That changed in 1412 when they were restricted to the area, more or less, around the present Cathedral but things worsened in 1481 when they were forced into much more of a ‘ghetto’, the area of this walking tour.

Decorative patterns on the facades

Small narrow streets in the Jewish Quarter

Jewish symbol with the shape of the Iberian Peninsula




Segovia Cathedral is the last Gothic cathedral to be built in Spain. Fronting the historic Plaza Mayor in Segovia, it stands on the spot where Isabella I was proclaimed Queen of Castile. 



 

Alcazar de Segovia

Fortress of the Kings of Castile and Royal School of Artillery
The Alcazar is a beautiful, extensive complex, and a part-time residence of the Spanish royal family. 





View of the countryside



The Throne Room


Museum of Weaponry 


Elaborately Golden Ceiling


More beautiful ceilings

More Military Weaponry
Stainglass Windows





Back on the Street - there are plenty of shops to wander in and out around the City


Colorful plates and dishes

Decorative jars, cups, and plates

We stopped a Restaurant Asador El Bernardino


We tried a very famous large bean soup - it was Fabulous!

Photo provided by Facebook 

Map of Spain showing Segovia in the Central part of Spain!

We had a great day in Segovia, the 5 reasons to visit:
The Segovia Roman Aqueduct
The old city and the Jewish Quarter
The Cathedral de Segovia
The Alcazar de Segovia
Asador El Bernardino


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