ROMAN SEGOVIA

Segovia is universally known thanks to its Roman aqueduct, possibly the main landmark of the town. However, Roman presence in the town goes way back the 2nd century CE, the time of construction of the aqueduct.

The Roman conquest took place approx. in year 96 BCE, during the military campaign of consul Titus Didius and after a relatively short period of time, the town became a Latin law municipality with Tiberius (early 1st century CE) or with the Flavian dynasty (second half of the 1st century CE).

It is widely believed that the 2nd century CE is the time when Roman Segovia reached its most influential time in the history of its Romanisation, thanks to its privileged location right in the middle of the peninsula, very close to the mountains and in the mayor pathway between the east and west of the country and so the enormous potential for commercial transactions as well as an important cereal production and the open ranges. Political stability was guaranteed through the solidity of the state and the strength of its administration.

The construction of the aqueduct was necessary due to the problematic of bringing fresh water into town from the mountains, considering that the old town was established in the rock. We do not have any information whether funding was public, private or both, we do not even know whether the emperor himself contributed with some funding; likewise construction time has been estimated at no less than 10 years.

At the time, population must have been around 5,000 people and the monumental grandeur of the aqueduct must have been matched by that of other public works in the town centre.

Sadly we have very little information about Roman town but we include a photo of a recreation made by Casals that hopefully will be interesting to you. Enjoy!

PRECAUTIONARY CLOSURE

Regarding the current situation of cautionary measures and trying to be responsible, concerning the rapid spreading of coronavirus COVID-19, we have decided to cancel all tours for at least 15 days. We will hopefully be back in business from the 27th of March onwards, although we are still not 100% sure about this date, will have to see what the scenario is by then. However, phone and mail are still working so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us, should you wish to.

This is a national emergency, it is not a holiday and it is time to stay at home. The fastest we deal with this, the fastest we will be able to get back to normal life and leisure activities.

Good luck everybody, we will beat the virus.

ANY PLANS FOR HALLOWEEN?

Don’t miss our tour the night of Halloween. A very funny and interesting tour about local legends and ghosts. You can even dress up for the ocassion!

If you want to book a place, please fill in the form in the BOOK NOW label.

EL LEGADO PRIETO. LAS ESTAMPAS DEL GRABADOR DEL REY.

This exhibition will be at the Torreon de Lozoya until the 3rd of March. It comprises almost a hundred works from the greatest Spanish coins as well as medals engraver; his name was Tomás Francisco Prieto. He worked extensively for King Charles the 3rd and was also director of the Fine Arts Academy of San Fernando. Schedules for the exhibition are Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday also from midday to 2pm.

TITIRIMUNDI 2018

From Thursday the 10th until the next 15th of May, Titirimundi, the international puppets festival will be back in town. This famous festival has been going on for quite a few years now taking place around the 15th of May. The streets and patios of Segovia are filled with this magic extravaganza of marionettes, artists and wonderful shows from all around the world. To find out more and download the programme and ticket offices, please go to https://www.titirimundi.es/

We would also like to remind you that next Saturday the 12th of May we will be holding the 2nd edition of the tour dedicated to the “Segovia of the 3 cultures”. Starting at the Main Square at 5 pm, and going through the very interesting history of cohabitation in medieval Segovia. Linguistic support provided for those who need it.

THE THREE CULTURES TOUR

Don’t miss out, this Saturday, the opportunity of getting to know the three cultures Segovia back in medieval times. An official guide from the town will take you out and about in this very interesting tour, that will teach you many facts of the coexistence of Christians, Jews and Muslims; it will also give you the possibility of enjoying a quite relaxed language class for all our foreign visitors.

Please see facebook, twitter, web or meetup to make your booking. I already got mine!! See you this Saturday the 14th of April at 5 pm at the Plaza Mayor!