The aqueduct of Segovia is ancient Rome’s indisputable legacy in Spain. The towering aqueduct is synonymous with the old town of Segovia. You can’t mention the city’s name without identifying it with this arched aqueduct.
The city of Segovia, as legend has it, was founded by Hercules, the son of the Roman god, Zeus.
The Aqueduct of Segovia
This structure is 15 kilometers long from the mountain to the other side of the city. It is made of granite blocks that are as high as 800 meters. The downtown part of the aqueduct you see below consists of 120 pillars and 166 arches. And guess what’s the most brilliant thing about it? The pillars are built without using cement or mortar to hold them together for safety. The stones were masterfully cut to carry the load in perfect balance!
The Devil’s Bridge?
While this is a feat of engineering, some locals call it “Puente de Diablo” or Devil’s Bridge. According to legend, the Devils built this bridge to impress a young woman he liked. But his efforts failed. The holes on the stones are the marks of Lucifer’s fingers, they say.
How to get to Segovia from Madrid
The fastest way to get to Segovia is by train from Chamartin Station in Madrid. It takes 30 minutes and it costs around 10 euros. You can buy your train ticket here. By car, it would take an hour and 15 minutes. Another way to get there is by joining an organized tour.