Segovia has a marvel of Roman engineering from the second century! The elegant granite block aqueduct is made without mortar and still standing with a few small repairs. It is 28.5 meters tall, around 94 feet at its highest point. We traveled there our second to last trip together during the 1987 Toledo Program. Our close knit group enjoyed the cloudy December day in this historical destination. Segovia tells the layered story of Spain’s populations; Celts, Romans, North Africans, Christian and Jewish Castilians.
Our group saw the aqueduct after lunch and then the Catedral. I would wager that Mexican and Peruvian silver and gold financed the Cathedral’s construction in the 1500s. This was the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain. If you’d like to see the interior, I recommend this excellent blog, KEVMRC.
I have great memories of the residential streets of Spain. That is, so long as a car and I weren’t vying for space on the cobblestones. I learned to flatten myself against the wall when a vehicle passed. Near the Fundación Ortega y Gassett in Toledo where I studied, I saw many tapered streets with walls gouged by car bumpers when drivers overestimated the width of the calle. I was glad I never drove the four months I was in Spain.
Segovia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I found the architecture impressive, both second century old and 16th to 19th century new. The only photo I have of the beautiful Alcázar, said to be one of the inspirations for Cinderella’s castle, is partially blocked out by the back of my friends’ heads in the foreground. As a consolation, here is the landscape view of the Cathedral from the Alcázar tower.
Have you driven down a narrow street in a Mediterranean or North African country?
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