Travel & Design by designgush: Segovia SpainPosted: August 7, 2011
Summer’s not over yet so if you’re still trying to figure out where to go for a bit of inspiration on your vacation, consider Segovia Spain. An hour north of Madrid, Segovia is filled with design details, from its landmark architecture to the intricate patterns found in every corner of the city. In 1985 the old city and aqueduct of Segovia were recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage sites.
One of those landmark buildings is the Alcázar, or Segovia Castle. “Alcázar” comes from the Arabic word meaning “palace, castle or fortress”. The Moorish Alcázar is common in many Spanish cities. This castle is sometimes referred to as the Walt Disney castle as its design inspired that used in the tale of Sleeping Beauty. What stands today is actually a reconstructed version built in 1862 as the original from the 13th century was burnt to the ground. You can tour the period-decorated interior and climb to the top for incredible views.
The Segovia Cathedral majestically looms over the town square and pierces the sky with intricately sculpted minarets. Started in 1525, it is the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain and took almost 200 years to build.
In addition to these dramatic architectural feats, patterns cover the facades of buildings within this walled-in city. Each one different from the next, it is a true pattern-fanatic’s heaven.
Paired with patterned facades are charming buildings lining cobblestone streets. A mix of architectural techniques can be seen in these more understated edifices. And there’s no shortage of charm. Flowers in balcony windows complete the picturesque village views.
And finally is the Roman Aqueduct dating back to the 1st century AD. Incredible to fathom, it becomes even more impressive knowing that no mortar was used in the construction. It consists of 163 arches and stands 28 meters at its highest point.
On top of design, Segovia has restaurants & bars that give you an authentic taste for Spanish food, culture and lifestyle. Try Mesón José María for afternoon tapas or the traditional cochinillo asado, a roast suckling pig so tender they cut it at the table using only a plate. For hotels, Hotel Infanta Isabel is super charming with wonderful views overlooking the main square and cathedral.
And if you love these patterns check out the beautiful photos of the building facades I found on Landezine.