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Segovia — an historic town of 55,000 with a rich history and a famous Roman aqueduct — is well worth a short visit.
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Segovia was a Roman military base in need of water. So Emperor Trajan’s engineers rerouted a stream into town by building this nine-mile long aqueduct. This massive structure — ingeniously constructed with no mortar — provided water to Segovia until modern times. While locals claim it could still work today, its primary function seems to be providing a backdrop for family fun.
Segovia’s main pedestrian drag is clogged with people enjoying a festive spring day out. While Romanesque churches and statues honoring 16th-century local heroes are ignored, kids get plenty of attention.
The Plaza Mayor marks Segovia’s old town center. It’s early in the afternoon on a Saturday and, as on plazas all over Spain, people are out with family and friends. It’s prime time to enjoy an aperitovobefore heading home for the main meal of the day — a late lunch.
Segovia’s Plaza Mayor wasn’t always so idyllic. It was long the scene of bullfights. Imagine spectators jamming these balconies screaming “Toro! Toro… ole!”
In the 19th century bullfights in this square were stopped. When the residents complained, town fathers gave them a more gentile form of entertainment — this bandstand.
April 6th, 2018
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