Tuesday, June 16, 2009
the aqueduct of segovia
Researchers have placed construction of the aqueduct between the second half of the 1st Century CE and the early years of the 2nd Century—during the reign of either Emperor Vespasian or Nerva. (Wikipedia).
Two niches are visible, one on each side of the aqueduct. One of them held the image of the Egyptian Hercules, who according to legend was founder of the city. The other niche now contains the images of the Virgen de la Fuencisla (the Patroness of Segovia) and Saint Stephen.
The aquaduct was reconstructed by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
It runs from the nearby mountins and the Fuente Fria almost 20 miles before arriving in the city.