Segovia is known as to be one of the most precious cities in the entire Spanish peninsula.
Segovia is known as to be one of the most precious cities in the entire Spanish peninsula. Packed with cultural and historical heritage, Segovia had the privilege to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, making it one of the top destinations for tourists from all over the world. The IE University Segovia Campus, established in a building which dates back to the 12th century, has a privilege of its own to stand as one of the most iconic monuments of the city.
It is recommendable that whoever has the privilege to live in such a city, especially for a long period of time, to explore and discover the many features the city has to offer, and the variety of the historical heritage the city presents is absolutely a must. I would recommend to visit these 5 top iconic places.
1) The Roman Aqueduct
Crossing the city from the west to the east with an impressive length of 15km (9 miles), the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia is the first of the top 5 destinations. Built between the 1st and the 2nd century, it was active bringing clear drinkable water to the city until the start of the 20th century. Most amazing fact? There is no cement nor any other adhesive substances that hold the stones together. Incredible, isn’t it?
2) Santa Maria Cathedral
Also known as the “Lady of all Cathedrals”, built between the XVI y XVIII, prevalently in gothic style, is probably the most iconic monument in the historic part of the city. The tower, with an impressive height of 85 meters, was once recognized to be the highest tower in all the country, with an impressive height of 108 meters, before it was destroyed by a fire. After some recent restyling, the cathedral managed to attract more than 15.000 people just during the Holy Easter week period, which confirms it is one of the most courted monuments in Spain.
3) The Alcazar Castle
Nicknamed by the locals as “the fairy tale castle”, the Alcazar Castle unique architecture dominates the Segovian skyline. Built around the XII century, it was nominated royal residency in in the XIII century, increasing its reputation and becoming one of the most beautiful castles in entire Europe. This castle, with its tall towers and marvellous well-kept gardens, is the perfect site to live intense fairy tale moments.
4) Casa de la Moneda (The Royal Mint of Segovia)
Built around the XVI century by order of King Philip II, the Royal Mint of Segovia is considered to be the oldest proof of industrial architecture in the entire country. Also, it holds the record to be the first mechanized mint in the entire country, and also the first one to belong to the monarchy. It operated as Royal Mint from 1586 to 1869 and still nowadays it preserves the original 16th century wooden hydraulic system which it still possible to visit in the exterior part of the building.
5) Antonio Machado’s House Museum
Even though its size is not comparable to the other monuments I still believe that Antonio Machado’s house occupies the top 5 destinations in Segovia. Considered to be one of the most symbolic Spanish poets, Machado occupied this house between 1919 and 1932, whilst covering a position of professor in a Segovian high school. The house is presented to be everything a part from fancy, meant to reflect Machado’s humble lifestyle, mostly dedicated to his professional career. In the garden it is possible to admire a sculpture of the poet made in 1920.
Despite these 5 iconic destinations, Segovia hides even more mysterious and precious treasures that have to be explored. But, if you have just a couple of hours available, these are the most iconic places to visit, which will give you an incredible insight in understanding why Segovia is considered to be one of the most precious cities in the entire country.