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Segovia, Spain

Segovia cityscape, with medieval church towers and snow-covered mountains. Photo © Sacred Destinations.

Segovia is a Spanish city of about 55,000 people in the Castile-Leon province of Spain, about an hour north of Madrid. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old city of Segovia is spectacularly situated atop a long, narrow promontory. It contains a wealth of monuments, including a cathedral, a magnificent ancient Roman aqueduct, and the beautiful fairy-tale spires of the Alcázar, or castle-palace, that towers over the countryside below. Scattered about the city are a half a dozen Romanesque churches of great interest, and a church that was once a synagogue.

Owing to these famous monuments, Segovia is a very popular tourist destination, especially as a day-trip from Madrid. It is a must-see city for anyone interested in architecture, history, or religion. And its monuments aside, Segovia is a scenic place, with mountains as a backdrop to its honey-hued, red-roofed churches and buildings.

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Sacred Sites and Religious Attractions in Segovia

  • Segovia Aqueduct
    The ancient aqueduct in Segovia is not a religious site, but it is such a magnificent monument that we can't bear to leave it out! Built in the 1st century AD, it is one of the best-preserved in the world.
  • Segovia Cathedral
    Begun in the 16th century and not finished until 1768, Segovia Cathedral was the last Gothic cathedral to be built in Spain. It is ultra-Gothic on the outside and comparatively bare inside.
  • San Clemente
    An attractive 13th-century Romanesque church outside the old walls near the aqueduct. Inside are Romanesque frescoes.
  • San Millán
    Built between 1111 and 1124, this fine Romanesque church just outside the walls is one of the oldest churches in the city. It features a mozarab tower, open porticoes, figurative carvings and interior frescoes.
  • Vera Cruz
    Consecrated in 1208, Iglesia Vera Cruz was built by the Knights Templar to house a fragment of the True Cross. It has a unique 12-sided exterior, round nave, and Romanesque carvings.