July 17, 2015

Day 2 was spent in the walled city of Segovia, about an hour from segrid in the mountains and a bit cooler. The old city within the walls features an intact first century A.D. Roman Aqueduct, consisting of around 25000 granite blocks, 818 meters long with more than 170 arches, the highest being 29 metres high. No mortar was used to fuse the blocks together - Roman engineering skills keep the blocks in place. There is also the gothic and romanesque Alcazar of Segovia, a castle first built in 1122 A.D., rebuilt after an 1862 fire. The other architectural highlight of the town is the 16th century gothic Segovia Cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and one of the last Gothic cathedrals built in Spain and Europe.

Above: The Roman aqueduct of Segovia, which eventually goes to the left of this picture underground below the city.

Below: Picture 1 is the Segovia train station, in a field in the middle of nowhere and about 20 minutes by bus to the old city.
Pictures 2 to 10 around the main and most visible parts of the Roman Aqueduct.

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