16. Segovia – España

Segovia - España

16. Segovia – España

Contents

1. Introduction
2. Segovia: Outstanding universal value.
3. Roman Aquaduct

4. Restaurante Casa Candido – Cordero lechal asado

1) Introduction

Since primary school, when I began studying the language of Miguel de Cervantes, my attention was attracted by a black-white photo of the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia in the study book. This picture has since then remained in my memory.

Therefore it was a historical opportunity to visit and explore together with my family Segovia. To admire the construction and splendid setting. To touch, feel the granitic building blocks of the aqueduct.

To have dinner at Candido, one of the renowed traditional restaurants of Spain.

To visit the magical old city centre.

These are my own pictures.

El espíritu necesita de tiempo en tiempo aspirar el germen de una nueva vida. Esto lo conseguimos viajando. Paisajes distintos y variados, escenas desconocidas, aire, luz, movimiento, gentes y costumbres diferentes, un mundo de sensaciones. Asi son los frutos de los viajes. Cuando el tiempo ha corrido y con el las emociones que formaban nuestro encanto. Entonces goza el alma en recordar los días, los instantes de nuestros viajes.

Please join. Visit if you have the opportunity. Enjoy.

2) Segovia: Outstanding Universal Value

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/311

Brief synthesis 

The Old Town of Segovia is located in the centre of Spain, in the Autonomous Community of Castile and León. The centre is crowded together on the rocky bluff delineated by the confluence of the Eresma and Clamores rivers.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 organized 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. Other important monuments can be found in the property: the Alcázar, begun around the 11th century; several Romanesque churches; noble palaces from 15th and 16th centuries; the 16th-century Gothic cathedral, the last to be built in Spain in this style; and the Segovia Mint, the oldest industrial building still existing in Spain.

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3) The Roman Aqueduct

of Segovia, probably built c. 50 BC, is remarkably well preserved. This impressive construction, with its two tiers of arches, forms part of the magnificent setting of the historic city of Segovia. It is an enormous construction of masonry, 813 m in length, consisting of four straight segments and two superimposed arcades borne by 128 pillars. At the lowest point of the valley, the Aqueduct stands at a height of 28.5 m above ground.

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The 221 colossal pillars bear witness to the magnitude of the Aquae Atilianae in the province of Zaragoza while in other parts of Spain, only remnants of the Roman aqueducts of Sevilla, Toledo, and Calahorra have survived. The impressive monuments that survive in Mérida, Tarragona, and Segovia illustrate the political determination, which following the steps of the victorious armies, greatly increased the number of aqueducts which Frontinus described as ‘the most solemn testimony of the Empire.’

The aqueduct runs about 15 km from the mountains into Segovia.  With a 813 meter long raised section running through town.  The tall double arch of granite blocks is impressive enough by modern standards. Especially considering that it was built in the 1st or 2nd century. The granite had to be carried in from the mountains, and it is a dry-laid structure, with no morter holding the blocks together. It has been standing for 1800 or 1900 years. This talking about sustainability in constructions.

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4) Restaurante Casa Candido

http://www.mesondecandido.es/content/history/

In 1884, such longed-for event finally took place in Segovia. Great efforts were made: Inns, Lodgings, Furnaces, Cheap Restaurants, Wine and Food dispensing Establishments, and Inns were built. Among the millenary stones of the Aqueduct that had been erected by the Romans, this inn, the sole survivor of all those public houses, was open. It was located in an older building constructed with brick and Tuscan order arches and colonnades.

From those hostels that were established along the Roman Aqueduct, this old Inn is the only one that prevails and that still serves its visitors on a daily basis.

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The establishment’s Golden Books are a valuable bibliographic collection. It contains signatures, autographs, and opinions of the inn’s visitors, which include Kings and Queens, Emperors and Empresses, members of different Royal Houses, Heads of State, Politicians, Ambassadors, Nobel Prizes, Writers, Poets, and Artists of all kinds who honoured the place with their presence and left their own memento.

The Gallery of Famous Men and Women contains framed scrolls with the signatures of these prominent visitors.

The Inn enjoys international acclaim and therefore, the greatest service that the Cándido family can offer is to preserve this Inn of Azoguejo as a homage to its ancestors, and as the best service to the HIGHLY NOBLE AND LOYAL CITY OF SEGOVIA.

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