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Fairytale castle in segovia

The Alcázar (from the Arabic al-qasr, meaning castle) is, after the Aqueduct, the premier sight in Segovia and has been built and re-built from everyone from the Romans to the Arabs to the Catholics, giving us a good overview of the history of Segovia. The castle itself is a whimsical, fairytale-like structure with point towers, a staggeringly deep moat, rocky bridges, and arched windows which inspire the imagination so much that even Walt Disney himself used the castle as a basis for some of his works.

When you enter, you have the option to visit the interior of the Alcazar as well as go to the top of the Juan II Tower, something I'd really recommend (unless you're claustrophobic...the winding stairwell is a bit tight). The interior of the Alcazar as throne rooms, royal bedrooms, and a hall of Kings, all of which are decorated with ostentatious roofs, red velvet, and mind-boggling tapestries.

The Alcazar's location on a rocky outcropping above the rolling meadows also offers you the chance to take in some of the most beautiful views of the old city of Segovia with the mountains in the background, so make sure to bring your camera. All in all, you can't visit Segovia without stopping at the Alcazar.
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Marvelous fortress

Segovia is a fantastic city and because of that the entire world talks about its special atmosphere, with a lot of life, especially in the Plaza Mayor area right next to the cathedral. I'm not sure if it's because of the famous suckling pig (totally delicious) or for the tapas bars... The one thing I know is that there's plenty to see in this city.

Besides the aqueduct, the other main attraction in Segovia is the Royal Fortress. It's a spectacular fortress resembling a castle that elevates over the valley at the end of the city, watching over the city. It has many lookout towers, that stand out because of the singular conic shape. The fortress has taken on many purposes over its extensive life, but it will forever be linked to multiple Spanish kings, as well as holding artillery and weapons like cannons, armor, swords and shields, all of which can be seen during the visit inside the castle-fortress.
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Located on top of a hill

Segovia is a Spanish city located in the Southern part of the autonomous community of Castilla y Leon.

The Alcazar de Segovia (a fortress-castle) is located on the top of a rock between the Eresma and Clamores rivers. It has been a part of history since 1122, although experts say it's entirely possible it was built beforehand.

It was one of Ferdinand VII and Isabel of Castilla's, the Catholic Kings, preferred places of residence. It was built in the time of the transition between Romanesque and gothic architecture and features unique mudejar decoration in the chambers, which especially stands out when looking at the ceilings.

The chambers are big, but absolutely austere. From the many windows you can see the plateau in all its splendor. If you go to Segovia, you have to see it.
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A palace fit for a princess

They say that Walt Disney was inspired by the Castle in Segovia when creating the palaces for his good princesses and bad queens.

The Alcazar of Segvia was built for princesses and queens, but those with flesh and bones, not made out of paper and watercolors.

It's one of the most charming places to visit. It was the chosen residents of many of the Spanish monarchs throughout history, who slowly added decoration to it. Alfonso X the Wise, Enrique IV, Isabel the Catholic (who selected the fortress and the place to receive the crown), Felipe II, Carlos III...

The court festivals that were held there were reflected in the famous lines of Jorge Manrique's poems. Now, I'll include a very technical transcription I've read about the fortress: "Despite of the Cistercian tone of the Alcazar's construction, the Moorish makes its presence felt in the picturesque decoration, with red-painted, hand-carved wood walls and ceilings on top of the plain stucco background."
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Impossibleimpossible to get lost on this path to get lost on this path

A few meters from the Alcazar of Segovia and from the top of the hill where it governed the city, is a path that runs appareled to the Eresma and Clamores rivers. A dirt trail takes us down the hill, leaving the worn stone paths of the city behind and taking us to a paradise of trees, water and rocks.

At the end of the path there's a green leveled area where you can take in the powerful fort from below. A beautiful view and a beautiful path!
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Information about Alcázar of Segovia

Alcázar of Segovia Phone Number
921.460759 / 921.460452
921.460759 / 921.460452
Alcázar of Segovia Address
Plaza Reina Victoria Eugenia, s/n
Plaza Reina Victoria Eugenia, s/n
Alcázar of Segovia Opening Hours
mon 10:00 - 18:00
tue 10:00 - 18:00
wed 10:00 - 18:00
thu 10:00 - 18:00
fri 10:00 - 19:00
sat 10:00 - 19:00
sun 10:00 - 18:00
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