Cathedral of Segovia

The massive Cathedral of Segovia was built between 1525-1577 except for the dome, built around 1630.

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The Cathedral: Located in the Plaza Mayor, this beautiful Cathedral looms over Segovia’s historic center. It was built in a Renaissance Gothic style in the 16th century following the destruction of the previous Roman cathedral. It has a museum which has the first printed book in Spain from 1472. This Cathedral is acclaimed for both its size and beauty, designed by Juan Gil de Hontañón, it has 3 naves with adjoining chapels on each side.   http://www.euroresidentes.com/euroresiuk/guides-spain/guide-to-segovia.htm

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Gruesome, life-size sculpture of the crucified Christ. Makes one think…

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Iglesia San Millan

Now that it’s daylight we can start exploring Segovia. Where to go, what to do?
Spain-1040840Wonder what Jane has noticed up in the air so high? Bird, plane, superhero?

Spain-1040876Birds nesting on the top of a building near our hostal.

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The aqueducts are an obvious sightseeing tour, but I think we’ll start with this old church.

Iglesia San Millan is a Roman Catholic parish church built between 1111 and 1124.  Its architecture is Romanesque and Mozarabic.  Patterned closely on the cathedral of Jaca in Aragon, San Millan is noted for its pre-Romanesque mozaric tower and porticoes with abundant Romanesque figurative carvings.  Inside, there are three naves and three apses.  ~Wikipedia

It is located between the bus station and aqueduct outside the old city, just off Avenida de Fernandez Ladreda.  It is open daily 10-2 and 4:30 -7:30.  Free of charge.  The price is right so let’s check it out.

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Cold and damp feeling inside the old structure so we don’t linger and meditate.

What will our next Segovia adventure involve?  My crystal ball shows a Gypsy…

Unsung Heroes of the Church

The church musicians are often hidden in the balcony or tucked into a corner of the church so aren’t always a visual presence during religious services.  But how empty the experience would be if we didn’t have their inspiring sounds filling the air!  This is an art form and many hours of work go into preparation to enhance the worship service, bringing beauty and praise to God’s Word.  They truly put their heart and soul into their work.