Hokay so, almost a month ago (yeah.....super far behind!) we traveled up north to a little city called Segovia. After some deep thought, I have decided that this city is in my top 5 favorite cities in Spain. It’s hard to explain exactly why I love it so much, but for me it seemed like such a magical place. That is not meant to be ironic, but I guess it is a little bit because the castle at Segovia was the sole inspiration for a similar castle at the world’s most magical place, Disneyland. Be that as it may, Segovia really is an enchanting city.
Katie and I frolicking in the blizzard, beneath the magnificence of the castle.
Our next stop was at this funky, small, 12-sided church--La Iglesia de La Vera Cruz. This was built by the Knights Templar in the 13th century, and was made to resemble the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It was really cool to hear a little of the legends and history of the church, and see all the symbols of the Knights Templar and everything. After exploring inside for a little bit we headed back to our trusty bus, which then dropped us off in the heart of the city, right next to the majestic Roman aqueduct.
We couldn't resist recreating a sacrificial offer upon the altar.
It was raining at this point, so we huddled under our colorful umbrellas as our dear guía Antonio gave the spiel about the aqueduct. This structure is absolutely mind-boggling to me. It is 894 meters long, and was built by the Romans in the first century. There are over 20,000 granite blocks that form 163 arches. We all know the Romans were brilliant, so why is this so aqueduct so special? Well, it may be because it was built without a single drop of mortar. Scuuu me-WHAT? Basically it is just a bunch of rocks, supporting and holding each other upright. It is phenomenal--especially given its size. Truly an engineering feat. You’ve really got to hand it to the Romans...they weren’t messing around!
Nuestro guía, doing what he does best.
One thing that I really loved about Segovia is the buildings-as we walked through the streets, most of the buildings and homes that we saw had really gorgeous designs carved on the walls. Our guide told us that it helps so that the snow doesn’t stick to the walls and make the buildings cold. So aside from being useful, they made the buildings really beautiful, and I loved it!
Cool stained glass windows and funky ceilings are normal activity in this castle.
Obviously, I am a bit obsessed with this castle.
As you can tell (more from the pictures and less from my poor descriptions), Segovia is a really beautiful place. Even though I’m a wimp in the cold, I loved walking around the city and admiring all the lovely buildings and people. And now I'll end all this blabbing and just let the pictures speak for themselves!
Te amo, Segovia.