Photographer's Note

Perhaps the most famous landmarks of Segovia are Roman Aqueduct and Alczar, but what stands out the most from the distance is the tall white tower of the cathedral seen here that is 90 m / 295 ft high.

This is the view of the old part of the town seen from the gardens of the Alczar.

On the WS's I present closer views of the cathedral:
1 - A street beside it.
2 - Close-up of the back faade.

The next lines were copied from the notes of my earlier post of Segovia.

Segovia is a charming town of 55000 inhabitants that lies North of the mountain range of Sierra de Guadarrama. These mountains, whose highest point lies 2428 m / 7965 ft above sea level, separate it from Madrid, which is just 90 Km away (45 min.s by highway).

The town is famous for its imposing Roman Aqueduct, the best preserved of the Roman monuments in Iberian Peninsula (a region where that kind of monument is far from scarce) and the Alczar, the fairy tale medieval palace that inspired Walt Disney to design the Cinderella castle.

The name of the place denounces its Celtic origin - the original name, not changed by the Romans, was Segobriga (Sego [victory] + briga [city] in Celtic language). The Aqueduct proves its importance during the Roman period. Although the Alczar was originally a Moor fortress (again the name indicates that, as it derives from the Arabic Al-Ksar, which mean "the castle") that was built on the top of some Roman fortifications, it appears that the city had little importance during the Moorish period and some even believe that it was practically abandoned. It regained importance during after the Christian reconquest and it was often the residence of the Castillian court in the 14 and 15th centuries.

Link to all my posts of Segovia: *.

Location (latitude, longitude):
pov: 40.95213,-4.13016
tower: 40.9502,-4.126

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