Throwback Thursday: Day Trip to Segovia

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.

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Segovia Aqueduct  Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

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.

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Segovia Cathedral  Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

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.

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Segovia Street  Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

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.

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View from the Alcázar Tower Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

Have you driven down a narrow street in a Mediterranean or North African country?

Gracias for reading Fake Flamenco! What are your thoughts? I invite you to type a few comments below. ¡Olé! -Rebecca

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Sidewalk Near the Aqueduct  Photo: Rebecca Cuningham
Rebecca Cuningham

11 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Day Trip to Segovia

  1. Segovia’s such a treasure. The entire province, not just the city, is beautiful.

    I’ve driven in Spain several times, but I avoided the narrow streets because I did not have money to pay for the damage to a rental.

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  2. Looks so intriguing!! I didn’t know that Segovia is north of Madrid. I looked up a map to see that the Caliphate did include most of Spain except the very top.

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    1. True, the Americas only American Indians have structures as old as the Segovia aqueduct. Yes, Spain was properly vanquished by the Caliphate for almost 800 years, which I know you know. But we think of southern Spain under their rule, not Castile!


  3. I’ll like to drive through this streets someday but even from the movies, they’re really narrooowwww! I remember learning about aqueducts in uni and they’re truly an architecture marvel, so awesome they could get a thrilling solution to their water problem.

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    1. Thank you for your comments, Eromonsele Emmanuel. Yes, I think I’d rather ride a horse through the narrow Spanish streets, since that’s what they were made for. : ) The aqueducts are amazing and so long lasting. Cheers, Rebecca


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