The Segovia Cathedral is an amazing place to visit when studying abroad in Spain. This cathedral is very rich in both art, and history. The history of this cathedral dates back to almost five hundred years ago during the commoners revolt. This revolt in turn led to the relocation and creation of the Segovia Cathedral as we see it today. Art is a major factor involved with this cathedral. Art can be seen both on the building’s architecture itself and on the inside where many paints, and stained glass are. The Segovia Cathedral makes for a very worthwhile place to visit when in Spain.
Over half a century ago in the 1500s the Commoners Revolt took place in Spain. This revolt is the result of the accumulation of dis-satisfaction among the commoners in Spain. They were unhappy because their King, Charles the First became heir to the throne in 1519. Charles was not from Spain, nor did he speak any Spanish. To make things worse he was from France, and brought more French people into Spain to help with governing them. This did not bode well for the people so they revolted. This revolt caused the government under Charles to use the Segovia Cathedral’s previous Cathedral as a defensive position as well as to protect it. Unfortunately they failed as the cathedral was completely, and utterly destroyed. A few years later in 1525 an architect named Juan Gil Hontanan designed and started construction on the Segovia Cathedral as we know it today. This Cathedral took around fifty years to complete and was finished in 1577.
The architecture of the Segovia Cathedral is very unique because it was one of the last pieces of gothic architecture to be created in Spain. Gothic architecture originated in Europe in the 1100s to the 1500s. Their unique designs are the direct result of widespread improved engineering technology. These improved technological advancements are what makes gothic architecture so unique. Several distinct factors of gothic architecture include their massive height, buttressing and arches supporting them, and large open rooms with huge ceilings.
The cathedral has two main entrances with huge, massive doors. The cathedral also has side chapels and ambulatories. An ambulatory is a walkway used for space/prayer. Keeping with the gothic themes the Segovia Cathedral also has many gargoyles on the outside. The bell tower on the outside stands about 100 meters above ground. This bell tower is still used to sound off chimes to let people know when church is starting. This bell tower is also climbable with a beautiful view at the top. In addition to the beautiful exterior gothic architecture, the Segovia Cathedral is also most known for its beautiful interior and designs/art. The inside houses many works of arts like paintings, stained glass, and most notably the altar with it’s Virgin Mary statue. The Segovia Cathedral is definitely a historical landmark, as well as a work of art that no student nor professor should pass up. Studying abroad in Spain would be very worthwhile because of the opportunity to be able to visit such a place in person. The rich history offered at this landmark would no doubt be something remembered for the rest of your life.