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Segovia



Introduction of Segovia
City and provincial capital, approximately 45 mi NWof Madrid, on a rocky hill in Old Castile overlookingthe Eresma River. Of ancient origin, it became aflourishing city in Roman times. After a.d. 714 it frequentlychanged hand s between Moors and Christiansuntil finally reconquered by Alfonso VI in 1079. It wasa Moorish textile center, and then a favored residenceof the kings of Castile and Leon. The great Alcazar onits rock saw the proclamation of Isabella I as queen.Ravaged by the French in 1808, Segovia also saw muchfighting at the beginning of the Spanish civil war. Awalled town, Segovia has the restored 14th and 15thcentury Alcazar, a 16th-century Gothic cathedral, and several Romanesque churches and medieval palaces. Ithas a Roman aqueduct, still in use, dating probablyfrom the first century b.c. and one of the outstand ingengineering monuments of the period.City and provincial capital, approximately 45 mi NWof Madrid, on a rocky hill in Old Castile overlookingthe Eresma River. Of ancient origin, it became aflourishing city in Roman times. After a.d. 714 it frequentlychanged hand s between Moors and Christiansuntil finally reconquered by Alfonso VI in 1079. It wasa Moorish textile center, and then a favored residenceof the kings of Castile and Leon. The great Alcazar onits rock saw the proclamation of Isabella I as queen.Ravaged by the French in 1808, Segovia also saw muchfighting at the beginning of the Spanish civil war. Awalled town, Segovia has the restored 14th and 15thcentury Alcazar, a 16th-century Gothic cathedral, and several Romanesque churches and medieval palaces. Ithas a Roman aqueduct, still in use, dating probablyfrom the first century b.c. and one of the outstand ingengineering monuments of the period.

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