Segovia’s Fairy Tale Castle

Segovia’s Roman aqueduct may be one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen, but the city’s royal castle is not to be sniffed at either.

Nobody is sure exactly how old it is, but Alfoso VIII (1155-1214) and his wife Eleanor lived there for sure, so that takes us back around 800 years. We also know that the Romans built a fortification there, so this thing sits, at least partly, on foundations from two millennia ago.

Five stars for turrettiness :)

Five stars for turrettiness 🙂

Segovia Castle

I mean, this some serious piece of tower!

I mean, this some serious piece of tower!

Experiencing a serious bout of reverse vertigo right now, if such a thing exists!

Taking this gave me reverse vertigo. If that even exists.

If he kicks you up the behind during battle, you sure know about it...

If that kicks you up the behind during battle, you sure know about it…

Cannon with a face on

Cannon with a face on

A large mural inside the castle

A large mural inside the castle

Taken from the top of the tower. Did I mention the 156 steps?!

Taken from the top of the tower. Did I mention the 156 steps?!

The ceilings inside the castle were amazing. I’m saving those for a third Segovia post.

For the aqueduct pictures, click here.

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30 thoughts on “Segovia’s Fairy Tale Castle

    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      I had another funny moment coming all the way down those 156 stairs again. The staircase was really tight and winding and the steps a bit to high for my liking (although in very good condition). I’m pathetic… your post from a while ago (you know the one I mean) still gives me nightmares.

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      1. ladyofthecakes Post author

        Where did she do that? Great Wall of China?? I might have done 500 clambering over that one. Oh my, the memory of that, as glorious as the experience was, those steps were terrifying!!!!

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      2. ladyofthecakes Post author

        What?!?
        the only thing I can come up with is regularly walking up the stairs at Goodge Street station (around 200) instead of taking the lift. Not that I’ve got a lift phobia.
        OK, I’ll leave you to your snoozle.

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  1. TBM

    A wonderful place and I hope to see it some day. Those Romans sure knew how to build things. I wish the builder of my flat learned from them–my toilet might work.

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      1. ladyofthecakes Post author

        Well, going by the mission stated in your blog, you shall find out one day 🙂 Be sure to report back! We want pictures. Before and after. (But NOT in-between).

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  2. pollyheath

    Very cool. I would like to have those armor shoes for the metro during rush hour. I bet old ladies wouldn’t push me then.

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Thank you 🙂 I need a better camera, really, but I can’t be bothered lugging such a great big thing around with me.
      I sure hope that guy manages to sell some of his paintings to keep him afloat.

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