Friday, October 5, 2012

Segovia




Segovia, Segovia, Segovia. It is a city of Celtiberian origins, first known as Segobriga, meaning "City of Victory." Under the Romans it came to be known as Segovia, and, under the Arabs, as Šiqūbiyyah.





The Aqueduct, a Roman construction, is its most famous feature, as it is one of the best-preserved Ancient monuments on the Iberian penisula. It's also massive. And gorgeous.



It was built at some point between the the second half of the first century CE and the beginning of the second century, and it follows the principles laid out in Vitruvius' Ten Books on Architecture.




It is made up of 36 semi-circular arches, some of which were destroyed by the Moors in 1072 and later reconstructed in the 15th century. Also, want to know something awesome? There is absolutely no mortar in between any of those bricks. None.

Now, there are plenty of other monuments in Segovia, such as the Alcázar or the Cathedral, but we were more than happy to just walk around.




























3 comments:

  1. We keep referring to this aqueduct in my Spanish Colonial art history class, and every time, I think "Yet another reason why I need to go to Spain."

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    1. You seriously do! Seeing pictures of this thing honestly does not compare at all with seeing it in person. It's a little overwhelming. Especially when you stop to consider how old it is. Gah, it's amazing.

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