I headed to Spain with the rest of the Australian Para Cycling team on Wednesday. We arrived in Barcelona after 22 hours of flying only to be confronted with an 8 hour drive to Segovia. I had been to Segovia in June of 2012 for the World Cup and absolutely fell in love with this city.
Segovia was first recorded as a Celtic possession, with control eventually transferring into the hands of the Romans. This city is so old that it was the possible site of the battle in 75 BCE where Metellus was victorious over the general of Sertorius, Hirtuleius. Hirtuleius died in the fighting.
During the Roman period the settlement belonged to one of numerous contemporary Latin convents. It is believed that the city was abandoned after the Islamic invasion of Spain centuries later. Segovia’s position on trading routes made it an important center of trade in wool and textiles. The end of the Middle Ages saw something of a golden age for Segovia, with a growing Jewish population and the creation of a foundation for a powerful cloth industry. Several splendid works of Gothic architecture were also completed during this period. Notably, Isabella I was proclaimed queen of Castile in the church of San Miguel de Segovia on December 13, 1474.
In 1985 the old city of Segovia and its Aqueduct were declared World Heritage by UNESCO. The Aqueduct of Segovia, located in the much-visited Plaza del Azoguejo, is the defining historical feature of the city, dating from the late 1st or early 2nd century.