Segovia (Inside and Outside the walls)

The best Roman and Medieval Architecture

Segovia houses the most important Roman and medieval constructions such as the aqueduct. Because all the places are far away from each other, you might want to ride a bike to go through all the sites outside the walls of the city and walk through the inside part of the city. Ven a España !!! Visit Spain !!!

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Things to do in Segovia normally involve all the historical sites this city has. We have divided our tour into the inside part of the city walls and the outer part. In case you had more time, you can visit places such as La Granja and Turégano. Do not forget that the Zuloaga Museum opens on Wednedays. The best idea is to come to this city any day but Monday.

We start our visit in Azoguejo Plaza. It is the most important Roman civil construction in Spain. The aqueduct is also amazing: 15 km long and 29-meter height. The famous Cándido restaurant is in this area. The Artillería School, an old Franciscan convent from the 15th century, stands out because of its architecture and history. If you go to Fenández Ladreda avenue, you can reach San Clemente Church, a Romanesque temple worth a visit. But this is not the only church in Segovia, there are many of them which you can visit. We recommend you just going to a couple of them: San Millán church, San Justo Church, San Salvador Church, San Antonio El Real Monastery (an old palace owned by Enrique IV which was turned into a monastery and whose Gothic-Mudejar cloister you cannot miss), San Lorenzo Church, San Marcos Church, Vera Cruz Church (set up by the Knights of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher from Jerusalem in 1208), Santa Cruz la Real Monastery (set up by Santo Domingo Guzmán in the 13th century), and Carmelitas Descalzas Convent (set up by San Juan de la Cruz in the 16th century).

If you go down through Doctor Gila plaza, you will reach the Ayala Berganza Palace, also known as “The Crime House” -it used to be Ignacio Zuloaga‘s workshop and it is a hotel nowadays. The Damas House houses the Tapestry Museum (pieces from the 16th and 17th centuries). The Coin House stands out as one of the only coin factories remainining from the 16th century. If you go down through the Hoyos Slope, then you will have extraordinary views of the Alcazar, the Cathedral and the city walls.

Now we move to the interior of the city walls. We go back to the Azoguejo Plaza in order to go via Cervantes street, also known as the Royal Street. We leave behing the Canaleja Lookout and the Picos House in order to visit the Conde Alpuente Palace (a Mudejar construction from the 15th century). Now, it is time to pay a visit to the Alhóndiga, an old barn from the 15th century which has now been turned into an exhibition center. If you go back to Juan Bravo, heading the Cathedral, you will reach Medina del Campo Plaza. Here we find several importan sights such as Juan Bravo House, Lozoya Tower (14th century), the Royal Prison (15th-16th centuries) and Esteban Vicente Contemporary Art Museum (an abstract artist from the New York School).

Plaza Mayor

Go back to the old Jewish Quarter, where we find the Corpus Christi Church, which used to be a synagogue back in the 13th century but was sadly turned into a church. Next to this temple you can go to Jewish Quarter Didactic Center, built upon the old house of the famour rabbi during the Catholic Kings’ times, Abraham Seneor. Via Isabel la Católica street we reach to Plaza Mayor, the City Hall (17th century) and Juan Bravo Theater. Here lies the Asunción Cathedral, built between 1525 and 1768 in order to replace the old Romanesque cathedral. Some of its numerous chapels include several ceramic tiles by Daniel Zuloaga. If you liked the temple, then do not miss the Cathedral Museum located there as well. Through San Andrés Gate one can reach the Walls Information Center and Segovia’s Museum, in the Sol House (an old Jewish butcher’s shop).

An important sight in Segovia is the famous Alcázar (13th century but built upon the remains of a previous Roman construction). Destroyed by a fire in 1862, it had to be restored in the 1880s. The building has two courtyards, Alfonso X the Wise’s Tower (where a famous legend took place), a Parade Ground, a chapel and many other interesting things to discover.

Some other interesting sights in Segovia are the Antonio Machado House-Museum, where the famous writer lived between 1919 and 1932, the Trinity Church (Romanesque in style, 12th century), the Heracles Tower and the Condes de Mansilla Palace. Also, enjoy San Juan de los Caballeros Church and Zuloaga Museum.

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Iglesia de Vera Cruz
Monasterio de San Antonio el Real

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Coordinates

40° 57′ 0″ N, 4° 7′ 0″ W

Distances

Valladolid 119 km, Ávila 67 km,

Madrid 90 km

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