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The Old Quarter of Segovia

on May 3, 2013 in Sights | 0 comments

A visit to the old quarter of Segovia is a must if you come to Spain.  The Roman aqueduct, the Cathedral, and the Alcázar Fortress are just a few of the World Heritage Sites that you can visit inside the old city walls.  There are so many important sites in Segovia that I would probably need more than a hundred posts to cover the entire city.  In this post in particular I tried to take some pictures in general of the main sites around the old quarter of Segovia.  Think of this post as what you can see in one quick day if you stop by Segovia. When you arrive to the main entrance of the historic quarter of Segovia you first encounter the Roman aqueduct.  It was built during the Roman Empire more than two thousand years ago.  It is a magnificent piece of engineering that until very recently it was still working and providing with water the elevated part of the city.  During the Roman...

The Church of San Nicolás de los Servitas

on Dec 3, 2012 in Art, Sights | 0 comments

Right in the middle of medieval Madrid is located the oldest church in the city: The Church of San Nicolás de los Servitas (or Church of San Nicolas de Bari).  The Bell-Tower is what interest people the most, since it was built on top of an Arab minaret of an old Muslim mosque.  If you look carefully at the top of the tower you can notice that there were several architectural styles and the lower part is of a Moorish descent.  This site is definitely for old-architectural lovers or history connoisseurs.  I also enjoy arriving to the church and walking through its tight and old-fashion streets.  The streets surrounding the church are excellent for writers and photographers looking for interesting stories…                                      ...

Temple of Debod – Egypt in Madrid?

on Dec 1, 2012 in Art, Sights | 0 comments

If you like ancient Egyptian architecture, it´s your lucky day. The Temple of Debod (in spanish: “Templo de Debod”) is one the few buildings that can be seen outside Egypt.  It´s located on top of a small hill very near (10min. walk from) Madrid center and it’s surrounded by a beautiful park.  Inside the main building of the temple there is a small museum which is interesting to see and its free.  Up in the hill, there are no food or beverage vendors so make sure you take what you need.  The best time to go visit the site is late afternoon because the sunset views are magnificent.  Behind the Temple there is a small viewpoint area which you get excellent views of the Royal Palace of Madrid and its surroundings.  Overall, it’s a very romantic site and an excellent way to finish a day-trip in Madrid.                        ...