One of the most striking Roman treasures in Europe can be found in Segovia. This dual treasure consists of an amazingly preserved aqueduct, left by the Romans as a symbol of their greatness, fairytale castle, standing high up on the hilltop, the Alcázar. 2000 year old Segovia defies time and carries its history into the future, a history. Segovia´s historic centre begins with the aqueduct leading us through its beautiful cobble streets surrounded by protective walls and fortified turrets. The city´s well-preserved medieval structure was one of the arguments put forward in order to obtain the World Heritage title which it recieved in 1985. SYMBOL OF THE CITY:
The Roman aqueduct that is and will forever be a symbol of the city and Western culture. This 2000-year-old monument is one of the greatest pieces of work left by the Romans. But according to legend, it came about due to laziness and had nothing to do with Rome. The legend that everybody knows is about a young woman who, tired from carrying water through the streets, made a pact with the devil, swearing to sell her soul if the water arrived at her doorstep before the cock crowed the following morning.
The devil thought this a fair deal and began work immediately. However, at cockcrow the following morning, there was one stone left out of place. His efforts that night had been in vain because he lost the young girl´s soul. The construction, which is considered one of the best examples of civil engineering in Spain, was designed to send water from the Río Acebeda (river) to the top of the city. 166 granite arches and 20,400 stone blocks hold up this almost 15km-long aqueduct. Oddly, the stones are not joined together by anything but manage to keep their balance due to a system of force and gravity.
THE FAIRYTALE CASTLE:
Another important place of interest in Segovia is the Alcázar, crowning the city, with the Río Eresma and Río Clamores (rivers) on either side. It is a typical castle described in a fairytale and it only takes imagination to transform it into the scene of a legend. In the 12th century it became home to the Royal Family, witnessing historical events such as Queen Isabel the Catholic Monarch leaving the castle on the day of her coronation as Queen of Castilla in 1474.