Segovia Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Segovia, Spain (116) - Entrance and front façade of Alcazar castle

Orientation

The town of Segovia is located on a single hill surrounded by yellowish plains that reach the horizon. All the main tourist sights and hotels lie within the old town walls, excluding the Aqueduct which stretches into the modern part of Segovia. As the Aqueduct joins both parts of the city, it’s very easy to orientate yourself around it. On the southern side of this Roman invention you can find Plaza del Azoguejo with the tourist information centre; on its northern side lays Plaza de la Artillería.

Segovia Free Walking Tour

Monument & Sights Guide

Acueducto de Segovia
(Aqueduct of Segovia)

What is it? 1st century AD Roman aqueduct
Where is it? Runs for 15km from Fuente Fría river through the centre of the town

View along the Acueducto - Segovia, Spain (19) - Segovia Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Information: El Acueducto de Segovia (Aqueduct of Segovia) is the most important and best preserved example of Roman engineering on the whole of the Iberian Peninsula. It is the symbol of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the unmissable focal point of the city. Construction was carried out between the 1st and 2nd century and is all the more impressive due to the fact that not a drop of mortar was used to hold the 25,000 granite blocks and 170 arches together. The Aqueduct Bridge, spanning the city centre, is its defining feature and is 818 metres long and its the highest point, right in the central square, measures an imposing 29 metres.

Casa de los Picos
(House of the Peaks)

Monument Type: Stately home
Address: Calle Juan Bravo, 33
Website: http://www.easdsegovia.com/
Opening Times: Apr 01 – Sep 30: Mon – Sun: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Oct 01 – Mar 31: Mon – Sun: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Price: Free (visitors can only enter the exhibition room and Renaissance courtyard)

Information: Currently home to the Segovia Art School the Casa de los Picos is most notable for its façade, which is covered entirely by pyramid-shaped granite blocks. The building dates back to the 15th century and was constructed for the aristocratic De la Hoz family, whose coat of arms sits proudly above the balconies. The entranceway and courtyard are decorated with tiles from Talavera, which are decorated with images of some of Segovia’s most famous buildings.

Palacio del Conde Alpuente
(Palace of the Count of Alpuente)

Monument Type: Stately home / Adminisitive Bulding
Address: C/ Plaza del Platero Oquendo, 3
Website: –
Opening Times: –
Price: Free

Palacio de Cascales on calle Platero Oquendo – stained glass window ceiling by Carlos Muñoz de Pablos - Segovia, Spain (3) - Segovia Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Information: Built at the end of the 15th century with a noticeable Arabic influence, important features include the slate built Gothic windows and sgraffito façade. Also make sure to poke your head instead in order to catch a glimpse of the stain glassed ceiling designed by Carlos Muñoz de Pablos. Today its houses the offices of the Concierge Building of Castilla y León

Plaza San Martín
(St. Martin square)

What is it? Small public square
Where is it? On the Royal road, halfway between the aqueduct and cathedral

Iglesia de San Martin and Juan Bravo statue - Segovia, Spain (58) - Segovia Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Information: One of Segovia’s most charming squares, Plaza San Martin is located aling the Royal road and contains a statue to Juan Bravo, a leader of the rebel Comuneros in the Castilian War of the Communities of the 16th century. Other notable features include the 14th century Torreón de Lozoya (which is now used as an exhibition hall) and the wonderful Romanesque Church of St.Martin (see below)

Iglesia de San Martín
(Church of St. Martin)

Monument Type: Church
Address: Plaza Medina del Campo s/n
Website: –
Opening Times: hours of worship only
Price: Free

Iglesia de San Martin on Plaza Medina del Campo - Segovia, Spain - Segovia Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Information: One of the prettiest churches in Segovia, St.Martin’s is Romanesque in style and contains one of the most beautiful Romanesque atriums in Spain, surrounding the church on three of its sides. Other notable features include the romesque / mudéjar tower with its brick arches on stone columns and the Western façade which contains one of the largest Romanesque doors in the land.

Plaza Mayor
(Main square)

What is it? Public square, centre of UNESCO listed old town and home to Segovia Cathedral
Where is it? Almost directly between the Alcazar and the Aqueduct

The Cathedral, as seen from Plaza Mayor - Segovia, Spain (23) - Segovia Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Information: At the very heart of the UNESCO listed Segovia old town, Plaza Mayor is the centre of community life. Three quarters of the square is surrounded by arcades with the remaining quarter being given over to Segovia Cathedral. On the northern side lies the Town Hall, a granite building constructed in 1610, on the eastern side the Teatro Juan Bravo (Juan Bravo Theatre) and the southern, the Church of San Miguel. In the centre there is an open pavilion, which becomes the centre of activities during the city’s festivals. There is a small market on Thursday mornings and for those who are weary, the oldest tavern in Segovia La Taberna Rubi which dates back to 1861 lies just off the square.

Catedral de Santa María de Segovia
(Segovia Cathedral)

Monument Type: Cathedral
Address: Plaza Mayor, s/n
Website: –
Opening Times: Oct – Mar: 9.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Apr – Sep: 9.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Price: General Admission: 3 € Groups +20: 2 € Sun: 9.30 – 1.15 a.m.: Free

Towers of Catedral de Santa María de Segovia (Segovia Cathedral) - Segovia, Spain (61) - Segovia Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Information: The massive Segovia Cathedral was built between 1525-1577 and was the last Gothic cathedral to be built in Spain. It stands on the highest point of the town and was constructed after fire destroyed the original cathedral in 1520. The surprisingly sparse interior is constructed around 3 naves and contains more than 20 chapels. The site is also of historical interest as it marks the place where Isabella I was proclaimed Queen of Castile.

Iglesia Parroquial de San Andrés
(St. Andres Church)

Monument Type: Church
Address: Calle Daoiz, 1
Website: –
Opening Times: hours of worship only
Price: Free

The Romanesque Iglesia de San Andres - Segovia, Spain (62) - Segovia Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Information: The Church of San Andres is marked by different architectural styles. Built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style are the apses, later additions the Mudejar three level tower and the Baroque slate spire. Inside one can find a three nave church with a particularly impressive 17th century main altarpiece.

Alcázar de Segovia
(Alcazar of Segovia)

Monument Type: Castle
Address: Plaza Reina Victoria Eugenia, s/n
Website: http://www.alcazardesegovia.com/
Opening Times: Oct – Mar: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Apr – Sep: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Price: Complete ticket: 7 € Normal ticket: 5 € Groups, Pensioners & Students: 3 € 3rd Tues of Month: Free

Entrance and front façade of Alcazar castle - Segovia, Spain (116) - Segovia Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Information: Segovia Castle is one the most distinctive in all of Spain due to its unique ships’ bow shape and is said to be one of the inspirations for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle. Built on the site of the former Arab and preceding Roman fort, the castle became particular important in the middle ages as it remained one of the favourite residences of the monarchs of the Kingdom of Castile. The Hall of Kings, which contains friezes representing all Spanish Kings and Queens from Pelagius of Asturias to Juana la Loca, was built during this time to house Parliament. In the interior another notable room is the Hall of Ajimeces which houses many works of art.

Iglesia de San Esteban
(Church of St. Stephen)

Monument Type: Church
Address: Plaza de San Esteban s/n
Website: –
Opening Times: hours of worship only
Price: Free

Iglesia de San Esteban - Segovia, Spain (34) - Segovia Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Information: The most definitive feature of St. Stephen’s is its soaring imposing Romanesque belfry, considered one of most beautiful in this style, which was rebuilt after a fire in the late 19th century. The portico gallery that surrounds the church on two sides is also charming.

Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad
(Church of the Holy Trinity)

Monument Type: Church
Address: Plaza de la Trinidad 6
Website: –
Opening Times: hours of worships only
Price: Free

Iglesia de la Trinidad - Segovia, Spain (38) - Segovia Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Information: Built on the site of an earlier place of worship, the single nave Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad is built in the Romanesque style. It is one of the best preserved examples of its kind in the town and is marked by a relatively simple interior. However, it is particularly noteworthy for the Gothic chapel of the Campo family and important paintings by A. Benson and J. Pontormo.

Iglesia de San Juan de los Caballeros
(Church of St. John of the Gentlemen)

Monument Type: Church
Address: Plaza de Colmenar s/n
Website: –
Opening Times: Oct – Jun: Tue – Sat: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sun: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Jul – Sep: Tue – Sat: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sun: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Price: General Admission: 1.20 € Reduced: .60 € Students: Free Sat & Sun: Free

Iglesia de San Juan de los Caballeros - Segovia, Spain (46) - Segovia Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Information: The Iglesia de San Juan de los Caballeros is one of the oldest churches in Segovia and its name derives from the tombs of the city’s elite buried within its crypt. It was constructed between the 11th – 13th centuries and is a three nave church in the Romanesque style. Its most important feature are perhaps the capitals of the columns of the portico which depict numerous biblical and natural scenes. Nowadays there is a ceramics museum that shows work of the Zuloaga family who restored the church in 1905.

written by: Jon

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