Segovia: the Roman Aqueduct
The Old Town of Segovia is located in the centre of Spain, in the Autonomous Community of Castile and León. Located 40 kilometres from Madrid, Segovia has a very rich history and is recognized as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
The biggest highlight of Segovia is its Roman Aqueduct. This 2000-year-old structure was made without any mortar and it can still carry a stream of water.
The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia, probably built c. 50 BC, is remarkably well preserved. This impressive construction, with its two tiers of arches, forms part of the magnificent setting of the historic city of Segovia.
It is an enormous construction of masonry, 813 m in length, consisting of four straight segments and two superimposed arcades borne by 128 pillars. At the lowest point of the valley, the Aqueduct stands at a height of 28.5 m above ground.
The Aqueduct of Segovia is the best known of these civil engineering feats due to its monumentality, its excellent state of conservation, and in particular, its stunning location in relation to the urban site. The Aqueduct is the symbol of the city and can in no way be separated from Segovia as a whole. (whc.unesco.org)
Our tour guide explained that the houses in Segovia are made out of limestone. Many of them are beautifully decorated. This type of decoration comes from the Roman tradition: