ID Location - 209 -
- Name:Alcázar of Segovia
Owner:Patronato del Alcázar de Segovia
GPS Coordinates (Latitude):40º 57´7.5838" N
GPS Coordinates (Longitude):4º 7´51.0362" W
Autonomous Community:Castilla y León
Address:Plaza la Reina Victoria Eugenia, 40003 Segovia, España
Web / URL:Contact:Segovia Film Office
Phone:(+34) 921 460 354
Description:A deep moat with a drawbridge gives us access to a fortress situated in a privileged place. This castle in Segovia (Castile and Leon) became an Alcazar – Royal residence – in the 13th century. In the northern angle we can see the small tower of King Alfonso X 'The Wise', and the Tower of King Juan II, 80 meters high. Inside the monument and around the Patio de Armas and the Patio del Reloj, we can find the rooms. Over which the Kings Chamber clearly stands out, containing an extraordinary coffered ceiling made of golden hexagons and rhomboids, and a curious frieze displaying 52 sitting images, polychromed, of the Kings and Queens of Asturias, Leon and Castilla from Don Pelayo to the Queen Joanna the Mad.
Solar position of Principal facade:Este
Hours of Daylight:15 / 10
Climate:The climate is continental Mediterranean, with long, dry, cold winters and warm but short summers. The average annual temperature ranges from 10 to 11 º C, while the average in August is 20 º C. The rainfall is around 550 mm per year, slightly higher than those recorded in the lands of the center of the Duero banks. The proximity of the Sierra de Guadarrama greatly influences the weather conditions. For much of the year, the mountain is covered with snow, and there are several facilities for skiing.
Historical Period:11th-13th centuries
Building material:Bricks, stones and stale. Their facades are decorated with `esgrafiado segoviano´.
State of Conservation:In good state
Geographical Environment:Its silhouette appears as an imaginary ship over the confluence of the rivers Eresma and Clamores, laced by a scene with the ochres and blues of the plain and the mountains. Before entering, you will find a beautiful garden, housing the monument for the Heroes of the Spanish Independence War, Daoiz and Velarde, made by the Segovian sculptor Aniceto Marinas. On the left, you can access the Casa de la Quimica (House of Chemistry), built in during the Enlightenment, and used as investigation centre by the chemist Louis Proust.
Level of protection:Complete Monumental Protection
Historical-Cultural Context:The castle, built over the remains of a Roman fortress, was successively transformed from King Alfonso VI (11th century) to King Felipe II (16th century); it obtains its final gothic appearance during the reigns of Kings Juan II and Enrique IV. It served as State Prison in the 18th century, and became a Royal College of Artillery in 1764.
Usual activities:Currently, touristic purposes. Back then, military fortress.
Events, festivals and traditions:- Titirimundi (May)
- Segovia in Dances (June)
- San Juan and San Pedro Festivities (June)
- Folk- Segovia (June)
- Segovia Festival (July)
- Hay Festival (September)
- MUCES (November)
Link to 1st Event:Link to 2st Event:Access Difficulty::Narrow streets and weight and length limitations
Distance to Parking:500 m.
Parking Area:454 plazas (454 spaces)
Public Transportation Available:Bus Line 9, Stop in front of the Alcázar's Entrance
For more information: www.urbanosdesegovia.com
For information on how to reach Segovia: http://visitsegovia.turismodesegovia.com/es/noticias/reach-the-city
Vegetation density:Densely vegetated