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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrSegovia Cathedral, known as the Catedral de Segovia in Spanish, is located in the Plaza Mayor of Segovia, Spain. This beautiful 16th century cathedral is one of the city’s most famous landmarks, and is known for being one of the last Gothic cathedrals that was built in Europe. It is often visited by tourists who are staying in Madrid that desire to see other nearby cities.
HistoryThe construction of Segovia Cathedral began in the early 16th century after the destruction of the former cathedral, now known as La Antigua Catedral de Santa María de Segovia, during the uprising known as the Revolt of the Comuneros in 1520. The new cathedral was constructed with three large naves and an ambulatory that featured beautiful stained glass windows, as well as a 90m tall tower. Its original spire, built entirely from wood from the Americas, made it the tallest structure in Spain, though it has since been replaced.
Things to SeeThere is plenty to see in Segovia Cathedral, from impressive altarpieces and artwork to numerous chapels known for their unique architecture.
The AltarpieceThe main altarpiece, or retablo, is a Neoclassical masterpiece that combines bronze and various marbles which was created by the famous Italian architect, Francesco Sabatini , best known for his extensive work on the Royal Palace Madrid. Its central seated figure depicts the Virgen de la Paz, an image of the Virgin Mary.
Capilla de la PiedadAlso known as the Capilla del Santo Entierro, this chapel is known for its magnificent altarpiece by French-Spanish architect, Juan de Juni , which depicts the burial of Christ.
Capilla de San AndrésThis chapel is also known for its altarpiece, which was designed by Pedro de Brizuela, who was the architect of King Philip II of Spain .
Capilla de la ConcepciónThis beautiful chapel is decorated with various symbols of the Immaculate Conception , as well as a collection of notable paintings by Ignacio de Ries. One of the most famous pieces is the fascinating Árbol de la Vida, or “Tree of Life” in English, which depicts Jesus and the devil standing next to a tree that holds a group of people enjoying a banquet.
Capilla del Cristo del ConsueloThe Capilla del Cristo del Consuelo is often visited because it contains the exquisite marble sarcophagus of Diego de Covarrubias , a famous Spanish jurist and bishop of Segovia.
Capilla de SantiagoDedicated to the apostle James, son of Zebedee , this chapel contains a beautiful Baroque altarpiece, and features walls decorated with angels carrying instruments.
Stained Glass WindowsOne of the cathedral’s most famous features is its breathtaking stained glass windows, which are some of the most impressive examples in Spain. There are 65 different windows throughout the church, which were created in three phases during the 16th, 17th, and 20th centuries.
The TowerThe tower holds the cathedral’s bells, and also provides spectacular views of Segovia and the surrounding areas. You may want to plan your visit around the cathedral’s guided tower tour times, which take place daily at 10:00, 12:00, and 16:00 for a small fee.
Practical InformationOne of the most popular ways to visit Segovia is as a day trip while staying in Madrid. If you don’t have a car, there are several ways to reach the city from Madrid using public transportation.
Address: Plaza Mayor, s/n, 40001 Segovia, Spain
By bus: It is usually best to travel to Segovia from Madrid by bus, since it is cheaper and generally more convenient. On most days, there are one or two bus services per hour to Segovia that leave from Madrid’s Moncloa bus terminal, which is accessible from the Moncloa stop on the Madrid Metro system (lines 3 and 6). Segovia’s bus station is located near its landmark Roman aqueduct on Paseo Ezequiel González.
By train: If you prefer to travel by train, you can also reach Segovia using Line C-8b of Cercanías, Madrid’s commuter rail service. You can catch the train from several Madrid stations, including large stations like Nuevos Ministerios, Atocha, and Chamartín. Once you reach Segovia’s train station, you can take a short bus ride to the city center. If you prefer to travel in style, you can instead pay more to take the AVE high-speed train from Madrid to Segovia-Guiomar station and then use their bus link into the city center.
Hours: The cathedral is open daily from 9:30 until 17:30 from October through March and 18:30 between April and September.
Price: Admission costs approximately €3 ($3.45), but if you want to climb the tower then you will need to pay an additional €5 ($5.75).
Nearby AttractionsOther impressive attractions in Segovia include Segovia Castle and the Roman aqueduct. If you’re driving to Segovia from Madrid, you may also want to stop by sites such as El Escorial and the beautiful Valle de los Caídos monument.
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Author: ehuttner. Last updated: May 19, 2015