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Catedral de Segovia

Catedral de Segovia

Built in the mid-1500s, the Segovia Cathedral sits in Plaza Mayor, the town’s main square. Amusingly, because the style is “Gothic,” most of Europe had moved on from that architectural style by the time the Roman Catholic cathedral was completed. Nothing like your project being out-dated before its even finished.

The fun part about the town of Segovia, aside from it’s centuries old — and still functioning aqueduct — is it said Christopher Columbus convinced the King of Spain to fund his trip West to find an easier trade route. Instead of finding India, Columbus and his ships stumbled upon the New World.

The Catedral de Segovia (as the locals call it) was also the first time I sought out a location to shoot some stock photography. Normally I shoot what I shoot and then post whatever I like to my stock photography portfolio. However, before going to Spain I had done a bunch of clicking around and found no pictures of the cathedral at dusk. So, for the first time ever, I packed a tripod along with my camera gear. I’m glad I did because I really like the way this image turned out (and it has turned out well on my stock sales, too). Also, and perhaps the most enjoyable part: ordering a pitcher of sangria and sitting in Plaza Mayor to wait for the sky to reach the right color.

The waiting may have been my favorite part of this picture.

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Cathedral of Segovia, Spain

This is Spain’s Segovia Cathedral.  (I also have a night-time picture of this same cathedral posted in the European Photography Gallery).

The fun part about the town of Segovia, aside from it’s centuries old — and still functioning aqueduct — is it was here Christopher Columbus convinced the King of Spain to fund his trip West to find an easier trade route.  Instead of finding India, Columbus and his ships stumbled upon the New World.

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Aqueduct of Segovia

No one really knows when the Aqueduct of Segovia, Spain was constructed, but researchers estimate it to have been built around the late-1st Century AD and the early years of the 2nd Century by the Romans, when Segovia was a military base.  The aqueduct would supply the town with water from mountains 11 miles (17km) away.  It was actively used until the 19th Century, but impressively, it can still carry a stream of water.

July 2009. (0045)

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Sangria

While in Spain, I wanted to photograph the 16th-century Cathedral dominating the town of Segovia’s main plaza.

It was our first night arriving in Spain and it was nice to just sit in the plaza, enjoy a pitcher of sangria, and wait for the sun to go down (and the sky to get the color that I’m waiting for).  While we waited, locals and tourists alike made themselves comfortable at tables and just enjoyed the evening, as well.

During the course of the night, it occurred to us that the plaza was the town’s babysitter.  Men would walk to the plaza with their kids, enjoy a drink and conversation while the children ran around nearby.  The sun seemed to set very slowly, which was fine by us (this picture was taken at 9:40PM).

Somewhere during the course of the evening, I decided that, even if we left in the morning, it was worth it to come all this way, enjoy a glass of sangria, and head home.  Of course we stayed for the duration of our travel plans, but it was nice to see and experience other cultures and how they do Life.  Sometimes that little infusion of another country’s culture is what I crave.

Not unlike Segovia’s town plaza playing the roll of the babysitter, in my neighborhood of Chicago we get together and let the kids run amuck, but it’s usually once a year and we close the street down for a “block party.”  In this small Spanish town, it’s called “just another Tuesday.”

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Segovia, Spain

Having a couple of extra days in Spain before making our way to Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls, Alisha and I went to Segovia for a few nights.  Two things in Segovia worth seeing are the Roman aqueduct, which is centuries old and still functioning, and the original inspiration for Walt Disney’s idea for the Magic Kingdom’s castle.  Segovia is also the town in which Christopher Columbus was in when he convinced the King of Spain to fund his crazy trip West, to the Indie’s, which he accident found the Americas instead.

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