Photographer's Note

I still have a couple of photos from Ávila that I want to post, but for now let's move on to Segovia.

Segovia is a charming town of 55000 inhabitants that lies North of the mountain range of Sierra de Guadarrama. These mountains, whose highest point lies 2428 m / 7965 ft above sea level, separate it from Madrid, which is just 90 Km away (45 min by highway).

The town is famous for its imposing Roman Aqueduct, the best preserved of the Roman monuments in Iberian Peninsula (a region where that kind of monument is far from scarce) and the Alcázar, the fairy tale medieval palace that inspired Walt Disney to design the Cinderella castle. Perhaps a little less known, another landmark of the town, the most outstanding when one looks at the town from the distance is the cathedral with its 90 m / 295 ft bell tower.

The name of the place denounces its Celtic origin - the original name, not changed by the Romans, was Segobriga (Sego [victory] + briga [city] in Celtic language). The Aqueduct proves its importance during the Roman period. Although the Alcázar was originally a Moor fortress (again the name indicates that, as it derives from the Arabic Al-Ksar, which mean "the castle") that was built on the top of some Roman fortifications, it appears that the city had little importance during the Moorish period and some even believe that it was practically abandoned. It regained importance during after the Christian reconquest and it was often the residence of the Castillian court in the 14 and 15th centuries.

WS: a less cropped version of the same shot.

Link to all my posts of Segovia: *.

Location (latitude, longitude): 40.95032,-4.12135

Update 12-Feb-2009: A resident of Segovia pointed me the exact location of this house (the original coordinates were wrong by about 70 meters) and told me that the present construction is from 2003. Regrettably, to build this new building, they demolished a charming house from the 1920's that was known as "la casa vasca" (the Basque house) because its architecture reminisced the popular architecture of Basque country.

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