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I already referred in earlier posts of mine of Segovia that one of the most famous landmarks of this town is this palace, known as Alcázar. This name comes from the Arabic (El) Ksar, and in Spain it refers to a fortified palace or castle that in most cases was originally used or built by the Muslim that ruled much of the Iberian Peninsula from the 8th to the 15th century.

It's a very picturesque construction, not only for its fairy tale architecture, that is said to have inspired Walt Disney's design of Cinderella's palace, but also because of its location, on a the top of a high scarp in the confluence of two rivers with superb views to the mountains of Guadarrama. While I don't post my own postcards, you can see what I mean by looking at the WS or, even better, on these posts: 1, 2, 3.

The first written reference to the existence of a fortification in the place dates from the early 12th century, when Segovia was taken from the Muslim by the Christians, but there are archaeological evidences that there was a Roman fort in the place where now stands the palace. The place was used as residence in several occasions by the Castillian Kings since the 12th century, but much of what can be seen now dates from the early 15th century, although some important works were carried in the late 16th century, when those funny conic roofs, rarely seen in this part of the world, that look like witch hats, were added. This long story of reconstructions is the origin of the mix of architectonic styles that can be found, from Romanesque to Renaissance, passing through Gothic and Mudéjar.

It served as a state prison from much years and then it housed a military academy of artillery from 1764 to 1862, when it was almost completely burnt in an accidental fire, so almost everything that can be seen inside came from other Spanish historic places (furniture, paintings, tapestries and other artwork and decorative items) or was rebuilt, mostly in the late 19th century, but that doesn't make a visit less interesting because everything you see there is genuine, except some masonry decoration and some sculptures, which supposedly was carefully done to look like it did before the fire.

Link to all my posts of Segovia: *.

Location (latitude, longitude): 40.95245,-4.13258 (in Google Maps: *).

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