Segovia is a fascinating place, as it is home to many different historical structures. The city of Segovia is about a 45 minute drive from the city of Madrid, and is located in the north western region of Spain. Segovia is surrounded by the beautiful Guadarrama Mountain range, which adds much more visual pleasures to the already historic city. Due to being so close to the mountain range, Segovia averages one of the highest altitudes in all of Spain at nearly 750 meters (2460 feet) high. 

Segovia Palace

One of the most fascinating parts of Segovia is the Royal Palace first founded in 1122. Almost 900 years later it is still standing strong, and a very popular tourist spot in Spain. In fact most of the city was built around the 11th century, and the roman influence is still a large part of the city’s culture. The Royal Palace known as Alcazar Fortress, was originally founded by King Alfonso at the end of the 11th century and was originally used for military purposes. The palace has had three different renovations since then, the first were in the 13th century that had gothic influences under King John and Henry. The next renovation was in 1587 by architect Francisco Largo Caballero. FInally in 1764 King Charles II renovated the building to found the Royal College of Artillery. The castle is located between the Eresma and Clamores river, and there are many secret passages throughout the Castle that lead to the rivers. The fortress has been a staple of Segovia’s architectural history for the last 10 centuries, and will continue to be an important piece of Segovia’s future.

Segovia Cathedral

Another important monument in Segovia is the Cathedral. The Cathedral was built between 1525 and 1577 under King Charles after the original cathedral was destroyed during war. The Cathedral features 3 vaults with fine windows, Italian marble and stained glass. The tallest vault is 90 meters (295 feet) tall and filled with religious artwork. Religion and history have strong influence throughout the cathedral and is a great place to experience the culture of Segovia. The many unique artworks and designs make the Cathedral a must see on a tour in Spain. Walking through the Cathedral would offer insights that simply are not replicable by a textbook or photograph. Within the Cathedral there is also a Chapter House designed by García de Cubillas. The house features a coffered ceiling designed in 1559, and Flemish tapestries showcasing the Queen of Palmyra. It also hosts a museum with one of the first books printed in Spain. The Chapter House is more evidence of the historical influences in Segovia. 

While Segovia is not the biggest city nor is it the most popular, between the natural landmarks with the rivers and the mountain range, or the historical architecture Segovia offers people of all ages a unique perspective of Spain. Both the Cathedral and the Palace are unique to Segovia and are an experience that is unmatched anywhere else in the world!