Photographer's Note

This is a view of the gardens of the Alcazar, In Segovia, taken from above. I liked the design of it.

"The old city is spectacularly situated atop a long, narrow promontory. It contains a wealth of monuments, including the cathedral, a famous ancient Roman aqueduct, the Alcázar, and various churches built in the Romanesque style including San Esteban, San Martin, and San Millan. The old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Alcázar, or castle-palace, is perched at the tip of the promontory and towering over the countryside below. Its fairy-tale spires and facade influenced stongly Walt Disney's design of the castle in Sleeping Beauty which has been adopted as the logo of the Disney Corporation. It was built in the 12th century. During the Middle Ages, the Alcazar of Segovia was the favourite residence of kings of Castile, and almost each king added new parts to the building, transforming the original fortress into a courtier residence and prolonging the construction of the castle till 16th century, when king Philip II added the conical spires and the slate roofs. A fire in 1862 destroyed part of the roofs (and only part of the roofs), but they were restored, in the very same style they were built more than 300 years ago."


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Additional Photos by Yvonne Becker (smash2707) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 583 W: 86 N: 686] (3320)
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