The Old Town of Segovia and its aqueduct [World Heritage #18]

Published on 17 November 2016 - Updated 20 December 2016
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The Old Town of Segovia is located in central Spain, in the Autonomous Community of Castile and León. The historical centre stands on a rocky spur delimited by the confluence of the Rivers Eresma and Clamores. Segovia is symbolic of a complex historical reality. Its neighbourhoods, streets and houses are laid out in accordance with a social structure in which hierarchy was organised and dominated by belonging to one of the different cultural communities. Moors, Christians and Jews coexisted for a long period of time in the medieval city and worked together during the 16th-century manufacturing boom.

The evidence of this cultural process can be seen in the large number of outstanding monuments in the city, among which the Roman aqueduct stands out, probably built around 50 AD and remarkably well preserved. 813 metres in length, it is borne by 128 pillars. At the lowest point of the valley, it stands at a height of 28.5 metres above the ground. 

In 2000, the Loire Valley was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which reflects the richness and diversity of the planet’s cultural and natural heritage. Mission Val de Loire extends you a monthly invitation to acquaint yourself with other World Heritage sites, which are also our heritage.   

Other important monuments can be found in the property: the Alcázar, begun around the 11th century; several Romanesque churches; noble palaces from the 15th and 16th centuries; the 16th-century Gothic cathedral, the last to be built in Spain in this style; and the Segovia Mint (Casa de la Moneda), the oldest industrial building still existing in Spain. 

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