Day 22 – Segovia (Cathedral, Roman Aqueduct)

We started the day with a walk-about to explore the smaller churches in the town. Since it was Monday several were closed, and the few that should have been open were closed for renovations.  Nonetheless, I captured some nice outer photos of Segovian architecture, got a better feel for the city, and worked through my disappointment with a cone of turron gelato. (Turron is a type of honey, almond nougat found in Spain and, oh, so delicious as an ice cream flavor!)

Feeling better, we walked back up the hills to take a closer look at the cathedral.  It is strikingly similar to the new cathedral in Salamanca, yet not as big nor as ornately decorated. If we had visited this one first, I have not doubt it would have blown us away.  Yet since it came after Salamanca’s cathedral we were less impressed. A benefit of its smaller size is it was easier to explore without feeling overwhelmed or tired half way through. They did have a few beautiful paintings in the side chapels and a lovely cloister, which we really enjoyed.  I have come to love walking around the peaceful cloisters in these cathedrals.  Protected from the heat of the sun, I stroll with a quiet mind just outside of a lovely square garden listening to birds singing and enjoying a cool breeze.  Up to this point, the cloisters have been the highlight of each cathedral I’ve visited.

The sun was high in the sky and hot on our brows yet we pushed through to take a closer look at the city walls. We were sweltering, so we didn’t have the energy to walk along them today nor stay very long.  We walked to the edge and looked along the walls in both directions thinking about what they had kept out in years past. It is something else to be inside of a city that is enclosed by walls and leads to many thoughts of medieval times, battles, raids and the like.

We let the sun pass through the sky during our siesta then walked down to the Roman Aqueduct. Oh my goodness!  At 100 feet tall, the sight of it took us all aback!  We walked up to one side, back down and up the stairs to the other side.  I am so excited to put this structure to use in my geometry class!  My dad had some wonderful insights into how they may have constructed it and what tools they may have used that I can’t wait to share with my students!

On the way back up to the hotel there was one more building that made me do a double take. The Casa de los Picos, a 15th century building that is covered in square pyramids.  Square pyramids, you say??  Why, yes, square pyramids!  No doubt it is an odd choice, but from a geometry teacher’s point of view, it’s awesome! Take a look at the photos to see what I mean.

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