Segovia


Segovia

Spanish city
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native_language = Spanish
community = Castilla y León
community_link = Castilla y León
province = Segovia
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mayor = Pedro Arahuetes
political_party = PSOE
political_party_link = Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
area = 163'6
altitude = 1002
population = 54,945
date-population = 2003
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density = 340,1
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website = http://www.segovia.es/
postal_code = 40001-40006
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Infobox World Heritage Site
WHS = Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct


State Party = ESP
Type = Cultural
Criteria = i, iii, iv
ID = 311
Region = Europe and North America
Year = 1985
Session = 9th
Link = http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/311

Segovia is a city in Spain, the capital of the province of Segovia in Castile-Leon. It is situated about an hour north of Madrid, at coord|40|57|N|4|10|W|. 55,586 people live in the municipality of Segovia.

Name

Under Roman and Moorish rule, the city was called Segovia (polytonic|Σεγουβία, Ptolemy ii. 6. § 56) and Šiqūbiyyah (Arabic شقوبية) respectively. This Celtic name probably means "fortress".

ights

The old city is spectacularly situated atop a long, narrow promontory. It contains a wealth of monuments, including the cathedral, a famous ancient Roman aqueduct, the Alcázar, and various churches built in the Romanesque style including San Esteban, San Martin, and San Millan. The old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is surrounded by walls built in the 8th century AD, probably on a Roman base, and rebuilt extensively during the 15th century.

Aqueduct

The Aqueduct of Segovia, typically the most recognized and famous symbol of Segovia, terminates at the entrance of the historic section. It was built at the end of 1st to early 2nd century BC by the Romans during their occupation of the Iberian Peninsula to bring water from the Río Frío ("Cold River")(about 18 km away) to the city, requiring an elevated section in its last 1 kilometer (0.6 mi) from the Sierra de Guadarrama to the walls of the old town. This elevated section, largely dominating the nearby scene, is supported by an engineering marvel of 166 arches and 120 pillars in two levels. It is made of 20,400 large, rough-hewn granite blocks, joined without mortar or clamps. Its maximum height of 28.1 m (100.53 ft) is found at the plaza of Azoguejo. A raised section of stonework in the center once had an inscription. Today only the holes for the bronze letters survive. The aqueduct continues to supply water to the city, albeit now in cast iron pipes laid in the original Roman channel.

Alcazar Castle

The Alcázar, or castle-palace is perched at the tip of the promontory and towers over the countryside below. The history of the Alcázar begins at the end of the 11th century, when king Alfonso VI reconquered lands to the south of the river Duero down to Toledo and beyond. The city of Segovia was repopulated. It is thought that the construction of the castle began in those times. During the Middle Ages, the Alcazar of Segovia was the favorite residence of kings of Castile, and almost each king added new parts to the building, transforming the original fortress into a courtier residence and prolonging the construction of the castle till 16th century, when King Philip II added the conical spires and the slate roofs. A fire in 1862 destroyed part of the roofs, but they were restored in the very same style they were built more than 300 years ago.

Cathedral

The Cathedral of Segovia stands in the city's central plaza. Constructed by architect Juan Gil de Hontanon in the late Gothic style between 1522 and 1577, it is widely considered Europe's last great Gothic cathedral. The kind of Gothic is called "Isabelino".

Church of Vera Cruz

The church of Vera Cruz, beyond the Alcazar and the city walls was founded by the Knights Templar. It is built in the circular style, a common design of the Templars, in recognition of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It is currently owned and maintained by the Knights of Malta.

Owing to these famous monuments, Segovia is a very popular tourist destination, especially as a day-trip from Madrid.

Demography

Demography 4col|530px|1991|1996|2001|2004
54,375|54,287|54,368|55,586

Twin Cities

* Edinburgh, United Kingdom, since 1985.
* Marysville, United States, since 2001.
* Tucson, United States.

Famous Segovians

* Sean Patrick Campbell
* Pedro Delgado
* Nicomedes García
* Andrés Laguna
* Cándido Lopez (Mesonero Mayor de Castilla)
* Aniceto Marinas
* Cayetano Redondo Aceña
* Dick Chopper

External links

* [http://www.segovia.es/ Ayuntamiento de Segovia (New web)]
* [http://www.venasegovia.com/ Ven a Segovia - Visit Segovia (New web - Under construction)]
* [http://www.segoviayprovincia.com/ Información sobre Segovia y Provincia - Information about Segovia (New web)]
* [http://dheera.net/photos/thumb.php?q=europe2006/avilasegovia Photos of Avila and Segovia]
* [http://www.feelmadrid.com/segovia.html Information and Photos of Segovia]
* [http://www.madrid-guide-spain.com/segovia-guide.html Information, visitors guide and Photos of Segovia ENG]
* [http://www.livius.org/a/spain/segovia/segovia.html Livius.org: Aqueduct of Segovia] - pics


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