’Segovia's Alcazar and cathedral.’
The Alcazar of Segovia was probably founded in the last quarter of 11th century when the Castilian king Alfonso VI reconquered Muslim territory south of the Duero river. The main period of construction however fell in the 13th - 15th century. The conical spires are a 16th century addition to reflect the castles of central Europe. The castle was heavily restored after a fire in 1862. Although the term alcazar, meaning 'fortified palace' is Moorish in origin, the Alcazar of Segovia is in essence a Christian structure. Moorish artists, however, were employed to embellish the interior in Mudejar style. Construction of the cathedral started as late as 1525, making it the last major Gothic building in Spain. Photo Mick Palarczyk.