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Salamanca, Avila and Segovia in Pictures

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The Alcazar in Segovia
Salamanca, Avila and Segovia in Pictures

A fortress with a long history.

© Lyn & Arthur Dobrin.

Before the royal family moved to Madrid, the Alcazar in Segovia served as their home throughout the Middle Ages.

Not merely a palace, it was also the fortress that protected the city from invaders, so there are turrets and moats, just as in fairytales.

Before the Alcazar served the Christian monarchs, it had been an Arab fort. But its history goes back even further than that.

This was also the place where the Romans camped. We visited the Alcazar by day and returned at night as this building, like much of ancient Spain, is lit by floodlights once the sun sets.

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