one of my life resolutions is to see at least 100 unesco heritage sites before i die.
as of 2012, there are 962 heritage sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity listed. until the present day i’ve already seen 40 of them, so i would say chances to see 100 sites are pretty good.
in this section i will try to present each heritage site i visited, adding historical facts, my impressions, and where possible, photos i’ve taken.
the first site i’m to present is this blog is old town of segovia and its aqueduct, inscribed in the unesco heritage sites in 1985. and listed as site no.311.
the roman aqueduct of segovia was probably built in the 1st century a.d. and despite its old age, it is very well perserved. it served to transport water from fuente fría river, situated in the nearby mountains, 17 km from the city of segovia.
the aqueduct is about 900m long although the section where the arches are divided in two levels is about 275. it was built in two levels, the top pillars are both shorter and narrower than those on the lower level.
in the following centuries the city of segovia would become known for other monuments, such as the alcázar, whose building started around the 11th century, and the 16th-century gothic cathedral. aside of architecture, it was a place where moors, christians and jews coexisted for a long time in the medieval city.
alcázar of segovia is the royal palace located on top of a rock between the rivers eresma and clamores. the alcázar was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison, while now it contains a museum of weaponry. it was also one of the inspirations for walt disney’s cinderella castle.
cathedral of segovia is the last great gothic church in spain. it is considered the masterpiece of basque-castilian gothic and is known as “the lady of cathedrals.”
i will remember segovia as a small town on the hill, with beautiful and very particular facades and remarkable buildings. i will remember how the old roman aqueduct perfectly fit in the rather medieval atmosphere of the town. it created sort of divide between the old world and the ages that will follow.
ps. all the photos were taken either by me or by tarik, in december 2012.