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The Aqueduct of Segovia – Ancient Rome’s Legacy in Spain

The aqueduct of Segovia is ancient Rome’s indisputable legacy in Spain. The towering aqueduct is synonymous to the old town of Segovia. You can’t mention the city’s name without identifying it to this arched aqueduct.

The city of Segovia, as legend has it, was founded by Hercules, the son of the Roman god, Zeus.

The Aqueduct of Segovia

This structure is 15 kilometres long from the mountain to the other side of the city. It is made of granite blocks that are as high as 800 meters. The downtown part of the aqueduct you see is consist of 120 pillars and 166 arches. And guess what’s the most brilliant thing about it? The pillars are built without using cement or mortar to hold them together for safety. The stones were masterfully cut to carry the load in perfect balance!

The Aqueduct of Segovia - Ancient Rome's Legacy in Spain

The Aqueduct of Segovia – Ancient Rome’s Legacy in Spain

The Devil’s Bridge? 

While this is a feat of engineering, some locals call it “Puente de Diablo” or Devil’s Bridge. According to legend, this bridge was built by the Devil himself to impress a young woman he liked. But his efforts failed. The holes on the stones are said to be the marks of Lucifer’s fingers.

The Aqueduct of Segovia - Ancient Rome's Legacy in Spain

The Aqueduct of Segovia – Ancient Rome’s Legacy in Spain

The Aqueduct of Segovia - Ancient Rome's Legacy in Spain

The Statue of Virgen de Fuencisa, the Patron Saint of Segovia, Sapin.

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The Aqueduct of Segovia - Ancient Rome's Legacy in Spain

The Aqueduct of Segovia – Ancient Rome’s Legacy in Spain

The Aqueduct of Segovia - Ancient Rome's Legacy in Spain

The Aqueduct of Segovia – Ancient Rome’s Legacy in Spain

The Aqueduct of Segovia - Ancient Rome's Legacy in Spain

The Aqueduct of Segovia – Ancient Rome’s Legacy in Spain

Segovia Aqueduct - Ancient Rome's Legacy in Spain.

Segovia Aqueduct – Ancient Rome’s Legacy in Spain.

Segovia Aqueduct - Ancient Rome's Legacy in Spain.

Segovia Aqueduct – Ancient Rome’s Legacy in Spain.

Segovia Aqueduct - Ancient Rome's Legacy in Spain.

Segovia Aqueduct – Ancient Rome’s Legacy in Spain.

How to get to Segovia from Madrid

The fastest way to get to Segovia is by train from Chamartin Station in Madrid. It takes 30 minutes and it costs around 10 euros. You can buy your train ticket here. By car, it would take an hour and 15 minutes. Another way to get there is by joiniing an organized tour.

Of course it is also possible to stay for a night or weekend in Segovia. You can book via HostelWorld or Expedia.

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