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Alcázar de Segovia

Alcázar de Segovia

The site of the Alcázar of Segovia, on the top of a rock shaped by the rivers Eresma and Clamores, shows the military origins of this fortress which, for centuries, was impregnable.
The oldest testimony we have of the Alcázar is a document dating from the early days of the 12th century (1122), a short time after the town had been recaptured by Alfonso VI, which refers to the fortress as a hill-fort on the Eresma. A short time later, in a letter of 1155, it was already being referred to as "Alcázar". However, it is more than probable that the fortress had existed in earlier times, possibly since the Roman occupation, because granite blocks similar to those of the Aqueduct have been found in the course of recent excavations. In residencies of the monarchs of Castile, partly due to the beauty of its location and its unquestionable military secureness, and partly for its proximity to the famous hunting-grounds in the mountain forests.
Alfonso X "The Wise" showed a special liking for Segovia and made the Alcázar into one of his favourite residences until the later days of his life, when the Parliament was held in this town which had remained loyal to him.
In the 14th century, Segovia bore witness to the struggle between different noble factions which the Alcázar did not escape; the new usage of artillery forced it to reinforce its walls and extend its defences.

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Michael Tauber15-Sep-2012 13:19
Wonderful photo and great POV.
Lillian Rodriguez22-Aug-2012 04:14
Magnifica la captura y el castillo! GV
Dan Opdal22-Aug-2012 01:17
Wonderful scenic shot and well documented. Thanks! BV
ac21-Aug-2012 09:14
Splendid building. Well photographed. Good work.
Michael Tauber10-Aug-2012 05:19
Super capture.
Alan Clements31-May-2012 11:50
A great shot of a wonderful building. Spain is one of my favorite countires. And, thanks for the information. -v-
William Barletta28-May-2012 17:57
A fabulous castle of fairy-tale form
Carl H. Johnson28-May-2012 17:11
Dwight Rankine27-May-2012 16:01
Detailed and very beautiful! v
Dennis Hoyne27-May-2012 02:34
A fantastic structure, it's difficult to imagine anything like this being built now, let alone 800 years ago.
John Hamers26-May-2012 16:03
Splendid view at this magnificant cathedral !! , beautifully captured ! V
kinta26-May-2012 12:10
What a huge and beautiful castle! I love the faint red/brown castle's wall color. Thanks for sharing!
Zoltán Balogh26-May-2012 11:40
Beautiful and sharp image Jose! V
hge5426-May-2012 04:32
Magnificent, Bravo!
Brian with an Eye26-May-2012 03:13
An impressive fortress with both grandeur and style.
Range View 26-May-2012 01:22
Very impressive image of this spectacular fortress Jose. BV.
Graeme25-May-2012 23:46
A stunning capture of this magnificent castle, Jose,BV
woody3425-May-2012 22:40
That is pure magnificence incredible scene and background history..
Mike H.25-May-2012 22:27
Wonderfully captured at this perspective -- awesome!
The scene of one epic struggle after another in my imagination...
Stephanie25-May-2012 21:41
Stunning!!!!! Super compo and lighting Jose! :))
Mildred Alpern25-May-2012 21:25
Yes, I would call this an indomitable defense. Gorgeous full scale image.
clickA SF25-May-2012 20:46
Majestic, beautiful... Vote
Hank Vander Velde25-May-2012 20:23
An excellent well composed image Jose.
fdt25-May-2012 20:17
Excellent shot of this impressive scenery. f
Ceya25-May-2012 20:13
Oh, what a tremendous size... very impressive, looks like the castles in old fairy tale story books.. Love it. V
Helen Betts25-May-2012 20:09
This is beautiful! Very effective POV and superb building!
MarcViskens25-May-2012 20:00
beautiful castle José
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