The Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct (1985)
Spain

Back to index

Spain 1989. Segovia and its Aqueduct World Heritage Site.

The Roman aqueduct of Segovia, probably built c. A.D. 50, is remarkably well preserved. This impressive construction, with its two tiers of arches, forms part of the setting of the magnificent historic city of Segovia. 

Other important monuments include the Alcázar, begun around the 11th century, and the 16th-century Gothic cathedral.

  • Spain 1989. The Aqueduct of Segovia World Heritage. 

The aqueduct, a centuries-old Roman construction, was built to channel water from the River Frio to Segovia, about 18 km away.  It consists of two rows of superimposed arcades resting on 128 pillars and reaches a maximum height of 28,5 m.  

It was constructed with granite ashlars without mortar and is a masterpiece of Roman engineering.  This huge construction has not been dated, although its building techniques allow a comparison with the "Aqua Claudia" in Rome, which was built between 38 and 52 A.D.  Recent excavations at the base of the pillars seem to confirm that the Aqueduct of Segovia was built around the year 50 A.D.  It was restored at the end of the fifteenth century and has been maintained and in use ever since. 

  • United Nations (Vienna) 2000. World Heritage Site of Segovia, Spain.

 United Nations (Vienna) 2000. World Heritage Site of Segovia, Spain.

Spain 1974. Segovia Acqueduct In the walled enclosure, Segovia still has many other buildings that are almost completely preserved.  Since the eleventh century, as part of the curtain wall, the Alcazar, a fortress, has stood on the rivers Eresma and Clamores.  

Also noteworthy are the Romanesque churches in the city with their typical porticoed atriums dating from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.  

Spain 1974. The Aqueduct of Segovia. 

Among the civil buildings, there are over 20 outstanding Romanesque ones as well as a series of palaces of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. 

The well-preserved curtain walls of the historical city of Segovia encircle an extraordinary collection of buildings, among which the Roman aqueduct stands out because of its beauty and uniqueness that have made it into a landmark of the city. 

  • Spain 1964. Alcazar of Segovia. 

Spain 1964. Alcazar of Segovia.

Sources and links:

Other World Heritage Sites in Spain (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Spain-section, for further information on the individual properties. 

Back to index


Revised 19 jul 2007  
Copyright © 1999 Heindorffhus 
All Rights Reserved