Acueduct of Segovia
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  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, United Kingdom1,339 contributions
    An unbelievable feat of engineering
    Just awe inspiring. The bus from the train station dropped us right next to it and we spent time taking in its magnitude. This is one of the most significant and best-preserved ancient monuments left in Spain. With 166 stone arches this is some feat of engineering that transported water into the city from the 1st century BC. You can walk the entire 17 km (11 mi) if you wish
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 16, 2023
  • Fergs85
    Thornton-Le-Dale, United Kingdom1,036 contributions
    Iconic sight - worth the tip to Segovia
    This is a remarkable sight, not least because it’s freestanding - not a drop of mortar used – and because it’s been there since the 1st century AD. It’s worth walking up the staircases at either end to get a full context of the location and prominence of this magnificent site. It definitely brings to kind that famous question from “The Life of Brian” – what did the Roman’s ever do for us?!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 24, 2023
  • Michael K
    London, United Kingdom532 contributions
    Stunning piece of ancient architecture
    Arrived Segovia old station about 13.20, which turned out to be a good place to arrive, as we found as we walked into town that we were following the course of the famous Aqueduct from beginning to end. It was worth the journey just to see this! Over 700m long, the Romans constructed this at the end of the 1st century to bring water into the city, which enabled it to become an important military base. At its greatest height it stands 29 metres above ground. Good views obtainable by ascending the steps at the end. A free attraction, too!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Patty B
    Nashville, Tennessee1,452 contributions
    Well worth Seeing
    Wow! this was one of the most magnificent sights. Our guide told us that the there was no cement used to erect this massive structure. Just walking up to it was jaw dropping. We stood there for quite a while just taking in the grandeur of this amazing 2000 year old structure. We enjoyed walking around this entire area, it truly felt like a step back in time. Nice shops over in this area as well.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • SuperTed19
    Madison, Wisconsin763 contributions
    Unintended Monument
    Imagine something being built by a local municipal utility to provide a basic service to a community lasting 2,000 years. Despite not being the intent of the builders, the utility, or the community, this aqueduct has become a testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of its builders. It is largely intact and dominates the eastern end of Segovia. Being able to see it in its entirely, one comes to appreciate the amount of work and the engineering expertise that were needed to create something that has remained for twenty centuries. If you have limited time for Segovia, spend all of it here.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Seeking True Quality
    Europe3,142 contributions
    One of the best preserved Roman aqueducts in the world
    We started our walking tour at this amazing aqueduct! Our local guide told us that it was most probably built in the I. century CE to supply the local, relatively small Roman garrison with water. The source of the aqueduct is the Rio Frio, some 17 kilometres away. Over the valley, an aqueduct bridge with 79 single and 44 double arches was built. That remarkable stone structure is 823 metres long and at its tallest point, it is 28.5 metres high, plus 6 metres of foundation in the ground. It contains some 20400 granite blocks and there is no cement that would connect them! It was still used in the XX. century as the city's water supply. Besides that, there was heavy bus traffic between the columns leading to the big, now pedestrian Plaza de Azoguejo square!
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Ankur B
    New Delhi, India3 contributions
    Quaint, small and less crowded Segovia. Worth doing at own pace !
    We went on our own without any tour/guide as we do not like to be rushed by tour operators, so that we can explore on our own as a middle aged Asian couple. We took the bus from Madrid to reach the center of the town. The bus station in Madrid is reachable by Metro. The town has a beautiful palace and a museum, that is worth visiting as well. We found it better than Toledo (which we visited on the next day) in many ways. Segovia is smaller, more quant and less touristy, but gives the flavour ofa small town that's beautiful to visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
  • gliowst
    Singapore, Singapore57 contributions
    Awesome Day Trip at Aqueduct of Segovia
    An interesting landmark to put on IG. I love this kind of ruins. In addition to this, the whole area like a little cultural village with shops along the alleys and hidden beautiful photo spots. We also went to this little viewing point about an hour walk away (maybe shorter but we kept stopping to take in the views and also to take photos). Some part of the road might be very narrow with cars zooming past so close but everything is worth it. Can do 1/2 day to 3/4 day day trip here.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas3,863 contributions
    The Aqueduct of Segovia is spectacular
    My wife and I did a day trip to Segovia during our visit to Madrid this past spring. Our bus drove up to this massive architectural wonder as we entered Segovia. It is almost unimaginable that the aqueduct is in such good condition after twenty centuries. It was like my gaze was transfixed to it the entire time our tour group was in that plaza. You can’t miss the aqueduct when you visit Segovia.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 5, 2023
  • Cme1234
    Singapore, Singapore469 contributions
    Great photos can be taken
    Entourage to the Alcazar, you will pass by this beautiful place. As we joined a tour group, the guide had skipped this due to the lack of time because she overslept and the tour started an hour later. We took a very quick lunch and went to take some photos of the gate. You can also climb up the stairs to get better views of the city. I am glad that I took a short lunch and visited this.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 12, 2024
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Indigo3685
Rutherglen, Australia94 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
Easy 30 minute fast train from Madrid. I pre-booked my ticket online. Bus from Segovia train station to city, just follow everyone else off train to bus. Bus then returns from same location as drop off. Allow all day. Lots to see. Walked everywhere.
Written March 19, 2020
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore11,325 contributions
Oct 2021
I did a guided live-streamed tour of the Aqueduct with Jesus from Heygo. The tour was about 50 mins long. This aqueduct is a magnificent work of Roman engineering and it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. The aqueduct is the city’s most important architectural landmark and it is present on the city’s coat of arms. This aqueduct was built about 2000 years ago to transport water from a river in the mountain to the town covering a distance about 17 km. Jesus started the tour slightly outside the old town where he showed us the small canal above the ground.
The aqueduct was built of some 24,000 dark-coloured Guadarrama granite blocks without the use of mortar. Holes are visible at the end of each granite ashlar, as these were used to raise the granite ashlar using large metal pincers.
He pointed out a filter house where the water is naturally decanted and sand settles out before the water continues its route. We noticed that the wall height slowly increased and then semi-circular arches are seen. Then, at Díaz Sanz Square, the structure makes an abrupt turn and heads toward Azoguejo Square. It is there the monument begins to display its full splendor consisting of two tiers of arches and the structure stands 28.5 metres above ground level. The aboveground portion consists of some 167 arches.
Twenty four bronze plaques, with the Aqueduct logo, were inserted into the pavement coinciding exactly with the channel to guide the route of this aqueduct.
Finally he climbed the staircase to give us very lovely postcard shots of the magnificent aqueduct and also showed us the last arch near to the wall.
Written October 6, 2021
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NikoliGogol
Edmonton, Canada1,791 contributions
Aug 2019
This feat of engineering was built in the 1st century and though repaired from time to time it still stands. We walked the full length of what remains. Once off the main plaza, it does tart to get smaller , turns a corner and slowly disappears.

Though the structure is magnificent, one must keep in mind that it was built by slave labor.
Written February 16, 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,243 contributions
Sep 2021
You can not fail to see the aqueduct, it runs across the main road and roundabout at the entrance to the city. For a 2000 year old structure where the arches are three tiers high totalling 25 metres and 167 arches it is a fantastic testament to Roman engineering even if it has been renovated through the ages. It is picture perfect, and many people do take photographs. But to locals it seems just part of the furniture as you drive through the arches or walk past. But for a first time viewer it was just magnificent.
Written October 7, 2021
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Tine E
Lisbon, Portugal17 contributions
Dec 2022
Absolutely amazing. If you are close to Madrid this a must to see Segovia and this fantastic aqueduct (only 1 hour drive from Madrid). When you have seen the aqueduct we can recommend you to take a walk and see the other intersting buildings in Segovia and the athmosphere in this city is really nice.
Written January 9, 2023
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal22,319 contributions
May 2022
This aqueduct once transported water from the “Rio Frio” river, situated in mountains 17 km (11 mi) from the city in the “La Acebeda region”. It takes the water about 15 km (9.3 mi) before it is arriving in the city. After this it was first gathered in a tank known as “El Caserón (or Big House)”, and was then led through a channel to a second tower known as the “Casa de águas (or Waterhouse)”. There it was naturally decanted and sand settled out before the water continued its route. Next the water traveled 728 m (796 yd) on a one-percent grade until it was high upon the “Postigo”, a rocky outcropping on which sits the walled city center with its “Alcázar or castle”.
Wonderfull to see this piece of art, even as the complete old town.
Written June 28, 2022
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majeo
Miami, FL2,857 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
This beautiful structure stretched (10 miles) from the Frío River to the city of Segovia to feed the old city
Since in between there is a valley Roman emperor Trajan built this bridge to carry the water in steep flow.
The structure highest point is in the city center, and that is the most picturesque.
The design, and kind of stones used make it very attractive.

C U AROUND
Written April 10, 2022
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liverpool1023
London, UK886 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
An easy day/half day trip from Madrid using the AVE fast train from Madrid Chamartin that takes half an hour. Pick up the number 12 bus outside the station that will drop you off in the new town. A quick walk takes you to the foot of this monumental structure stands 23 metres high. It is vastly impressive feature made up of large, uniform grey granite blocks that seem to defy gravity. Steps will take you to the top for a more panoramic view. Segovia old town is a short walk onwards and also has plenty sights on interst including its imposing cathedral.
Written September 19, 2022
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Cme1234
Singapore, Singapore469 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Entourage to the Alcazar, you will pass by this beautiful place. As we joined a tour group, the guide had skipped this due to the lack of time because she overslept and the tour started an hour later.

We took a very quick lunch and went to take some photos of the gate. You can also climb up the stairs to get better views of the city.

I am glad that I took a short lunch and visited this.
Written January 12, 2024
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John B
Cambridgeshire, UK827 contributions
Sep 2022
We went early to the aqueduct and easily found parking spaces. At first sight of the aqueduct, we were struck with awe and amazement, it is breathtaking. We walked up the broad staircase beside the arches, overwhelmed by the immense structure, taking in the majesty of Roman workmanship, enormous stone blocks put together without mortar, which carrying water from 15 kilometres away all the way to the city and the Alcazar has stood for almost two thousand years. After some time admiring the structure and criticising the thoughtless local town planning for allowing some ugly buildings to be built close by, we took a seat in the square and had coffee at a table with the aqueduct laid out before us.
Written November 22, 2022
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