• Sweden edition
 
SPONSORED ARTICLE
Discover the splendour of Segovia

Discover the splendour of Segovia

Published: 14 Oct 2012 16:40 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Oct 2012 16:40 GMT+02:00

This breath-taking Spanish city, situated north of Madrid, dates back 2,000 years. The story of its complex past, told through ancient architecture, is preserved today through the World Heritage Site status of Segovia’s old quarter.

Click here to see the sights of Segovia photo gallery

Tourists can take the high-speed train and journey just 30 minutes from the Spanish capital to discover the maze of the winding old town trails, hidden architectural masterpieces and be lured by the local cuisine – most famously – the Segovian suckling pig.

The city’s 55,000 population is also regularly boosted by visiting pilgrims, since it forms part of the main route of the Camino de Santiago de Madrid.

The Aqueduct

Still considered one of the wonders of the Roman Empire, it was constructed under the rule of Emperor Trajan around 110 AD.

Measuring 818 metres in length, It took 24,000 granite blocks to construct and until recent times was still used to transport water. Considered the most important emblem of civil engineering from the Roman era in the country today, the locals regard the aqueduct as the symbol of Segovia.

It stands 29 metres at its highest point where it reaches Plaza del Azoguejo, the most visited part of the city.

The Castle

This fairy-tale fortress plays a central role in Spanish medieval history, as it was once the residence of the Catholic Monarchs Isabell and Fernando (often known in English as Ferdinand and Isabella), the rulers who laid the foundations for modern-day Spain.

The King and Queen also paved the ways for the discovery of the New World, financing Christopher Columbus's voyage to America.

Originally an Arab Alcázar, the building, distinctly known for being the same shape as the hull of a ship, dates back to the 12th century. Legend has it that it was used as inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella castle.

The Templar Church

Founded by the Knight Templar in the 13th century, the Iglesia Vera Cruz (Church of the True Cross) was built as a shrine to house a small fragment of wood reputedly from the cross on which Jesus Christ died.

Its unusual 12-sided polygon shape, with a south-facing tower, houses three chapels and is inspired by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

An interior gallery was built in order that the Knights could keep vigil over the precious relic, now housed in a nearly church in the village of Zamarramala.

El Duratón Canyon

Further afield on the Castilian plateau lies the amazing backdrop of rugged canyons amid the gorges of the Duratón river nature reserve.

The canyon, with its impressive rock faces that rise over 100 metres in places, has been over 1,000 years in the making. This part of the province is the delight of trekking and kayaking enthusiasts, watched over by the many majestic birds of prey that nest within these well-hidden marvels of nature.

Don’t miss a meander through the ravines to view the extraordinary remains of the 13th century Hoz Monastery.

La Granja De Segovia

The Royal Palace, often referred to as a small Versailles, is surround by sprawling gardens and elaborate fountains, is now open to the visiting public as a museum.

Built in the Baroque style in18th century by Phillip V, it was a former summer residence for kings and queens and staged state weddings, burials and political events.

The 1970 Hollywood film Patton, about the life of the famous US World War II General, was shot on location at the Palace, among others.

Article sponsored by North Face South Face

Find out more at www.spaintravelnorthandsouth.com.

For more information on visiting Segovia email: contacto@caranortecarasur.com

Related links:

Don't miss...X
Left Right
Today's headlines
Police seeking missing Swede in London
Sofie Marie Jansson, who is currently missing in London. Photo: Metropolitan Police

Police seeking missing Swede in London

British police have issued a plea for tips in the search to find Swedish national Sofie Marie Jansson who hasn't been seen for almost a week. READ () »

University applications rocket to record high

University applications rocket to record high

Swedish universities continue to draw vast amounts of applicants with the number of prospective students seeking a third level education increasing for the seventh year in a row. READ () »

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot
Swedish artist Lars Vilks pictured in New York in 2012. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf/TT

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot

American authorities have sentenced a 20-year-old accomplice of 'Jihad Jane' to five years in prison for an attempted terror plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, after getting involved with the murder plans when he was a teenager. READ () »

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag visits a school in Tensta, one of the neighbourhoods mentioned when he and his colleagues first floated the new start zone proposal. File: TT

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input

Sweden has abandoned a plan to ease taxes for small companies in blighted areas after the European Commission challenged its legality. READ () »

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'
A typical Swedish Easter egg. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'

A Swedish microbiologist has warned that traditional Swedish Easter eggs laden with candy are an open invitation to the spread of bacteria and viruses. "Is this really a good idea?" he asked. READ () »

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour

PICTURES: A truck got wedged inside a tunnel in central Stockholm on Thursday, with authorities concerned the accident may have damaged cables in the tunnel's ceiling. READ () »

Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
A Swedish Easter witch holding daffodils. File photo: TT

Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter

In India, I'd notice Easter only from the traffic jam outside the churches, but here witches, egg hunts, and feathers mark the Christian holiday. The Local's Deepti Vashisht brings you the various shades of Swedish Easter. READ () »

Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Chemtrails?: Shutterstock.

Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe

A Swedish MP who launched an official government investigation into the existence of chemtrails tells The Local why he thinks Swedes deserve the truth, even if it may leave some conspiracy theorists unsatisfied. READ () »

PM pleads ignorance of Vattenfall's Nuon bid
Fredrik Reinfeldt answers the constitutional affairs committee's questions. Photo: TT

PM pleads ignorance of Vattenfall's Nuon bid

Sweden's prime minister on Thursday said Vattenfall itself, not its owners the Swedish state, had responsibility for the loss-making Nuon deal. READ () »

'Kockums submarine raid may be illegal': lawyer
Photo: TT

'Kockums submarine raid may be illegal': lawyer

A Swedish lawyer says the Swedish military may have broken the law when it raided the Malmö premises of German defence giant Thyssen Krupp. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Advertisement:
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Society
Jimi Fritze heard every word when doctors discussed taking his organs
Society
A Swedish farmer explains why the new bestiality ban is 'pointless'
ESL
Sponsored Article
Learning Swedish the easy way
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

771
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com