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Segovia's most recognisable symbol is El Acueducto (Roman Aqueduct), an 894m-long engineering wonder that looks like an enormous comb plunged into Segovia. First raised here by the Romans in the 1st century CE, the aqueduct was built with not a drop of mortar to hold together more than 20,000 uneven granite blocks. It's made up of 163 arches and, at its highest point in Plaza del Azoguejo, rises 28m high.

It was originally part of a complex system of aqueducts and underground canals that brought water from the mountains more than 15km away. Its pristine condition is attributable to a major restoration project in the 1990s. For a different perspective, climb the stairs next to the aqueduct that begin behind the tourist office.

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2. Casa de los Picos

0.14 MILES

A grand Renaissance mansion with a diamond-patterned facade that's home to a school of applied arts and also hosts free contemporary art exhibitions …

3. Torreón de Lozoya

0.19 MILES

This 14th-century tower was once an armoury; it now houses temporary exhibitions of mostly contemporary art.

5. Iglesia de San Millán

0.22 MILES

Located off Avenida de Fernández Ladreda, this church is a time-worn example of the Romanesque style typical of Segovia, with porticoes and a Mudéjar bell…

6. Plaza de San Martín

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This is one of the most captivating small plazas in Segovia. The square is presided over by a statue of Juan Bravo; the 14th-century Torreón de Lozoya, a…

7. Iglesia de San Martín

0.24 MILES

The centrepiece of the stunning Plaza de San Martín, this is a Romanesque pièce de résistance, with the segoviano touch of a Mudéjar tower and arched…

8. Iglesia de San Miguel

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On Plaza Mayor, this church – where Isabel was proclaimed Queen of Castile – recedes humbly into the background before the splendour of the cathedral…