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Fortaleza de los Reyes de Castilla y Real Colegio de Artillería

Su imagen ha dado la vuelta al mundo: un singular castillo con apariencia de palacio de cuento de hadas, que aglutina gustos arquitectónicos de distintos monarcas y relata historias palaciegas a todos aquellos que se acercan a conocerlo.
Austero, como lo eran los reyes castellanos, elevado sobre la roca en la confluencia de los valles del Eresma y el Clamores, parece guardar la ciudad.


Su bella Torre del Homenaje, a menudo comparada con la proa de un barco navegando entre los ríos, es de una belleza impresionante. Los turistas comprueban admirados que la fortaleza forma una parte viva de esta ciudad castellana, elegida como lugar de residencia por muchos de los monarcas de la dinastía Trastámara.

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Información Útil

Conoce el Alcázar

E l Alcázar es un icono de las fortalezas medievales. Aquí le ofrecemos una muestra de lo que va a poder disfrutar durante su visita: imágenes y contenido histórico.

Multimedia Historia

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The Alcazar is, along with the aqueduct, the image of Segovia, a beautiful Castilian city full of history and legends.
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  • RT @catedralsegovia: El rey Carlos V mandó trasladar la ubicación de la Catedral que se situaba hasta el 1522 frente al @Alcazar_Segovia ht…

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    Alcázar de Segovia about 3 days ago
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    Alcázar de Segovia about 4 days ago
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Online gallery

Here we show you a selection of the halls, works of art and outdoor spaces of the fortress.

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE ALCAZAR
THE HALL OF KINGS
THE HOLY FAMILY
SUITS OF ARMOUR
PARADE GROUND
COFFERED CEILING OF THE THRONE ROOM
PORTRAIT OF PHILIP II
“EL GALOPO” CANNON
VIEW OF THE ALCAZAR FROM THE HEIGHTS OF “EL PARRAL” OR “LA FUENCISLA”
THE GALLEY ROOM
STAINED-GLASS IN THE THRONE ROOM
CROSSBOW OF CARLOS V
TOWER OF JUAN II
CHAPEL
BASEBOARDS
CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
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“His chambers were resting place of Alfonso X el Sabio (1221-1284), the astronomer king. From them came out, December 13, 1474, Isabel la Católica, to be crowned. The veiling ceremony of the marriage of Felipe II and Ana de Austria (1570) was celebrated in its Chapel”
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History

Time and history were its architects, together with the Kings of the House of Burgundy, the Trastámara, the Habsburgs and the Bourbons.
Conceived as fortress first, then turned into royal palace and State prison after that, but also served as Royal College of Artillery and became military Historical Archive some time later, until today.
The Royal Alcazar of Segovia is a symbol of the art and the history of Spain, and one of its most visited monuments.

Engraving of the Alcazar, José María Avrial, 1864

Engraving of the Alcazar, José María Avrial, 1864

s robably, the fortification existed already during the Roman domination, since aqueduct-like granite blocks have been found in the Alcazar.

At the western end of the rock on which the city is located, around 1120, a quarter to the service of the canons of the Cathedral of Santa Maria was built, known as “The Canonries”. The fortress is first mentioned in the Act of Donation of the land by the Council to the Bishop, specifically named as “vallum oppidi”, or fence, that defended that side of the city.

A few years later, between 1124 and 1139, the words “Segovia Castle” and “Alcaçar” were recorded in the documentation, “Alcaçar” referring to its status both as fortress and as regal house, a term that have survived to this day.

King Alfonso X “the Wise” convened Courts (Castilian medieval legislative or consultative chamber, or Cortes) in 1256, the first ones to take place in the Alcazar.

Engraving of the Alcazar, José María Avrial, 1842

Engraving of the Alcazar, José María Avrial, 1842

he works to remodel, enlarge and decorate the Palace, which began with Catherine of Lancaster in 1412 and which would reach its apogee during the reign of Enrique IV, made of it a building admired by all travelers who visited it.

The Alcazar had changed from its mere military role to become an institutional building where the Royal treasure, the Archive of the Kingdom and the Royal armory were watched over. This change will be reflected in the decoration of some of its rooms.

With regard to the Archive, Juan II and Enrique IV were who, in truth, systematically began the task of safeguarding the historical documentation. It is well established that Juan II ordered to move several files to the Alcazar, “to my archive of the city of Segovia”, in 1437, which implies the existence of one of the first Royal Archives of Castile.

It was during the reign of Juan II (1406-1454) and his son Enrique IV (1454-1474) when the Alcazar reaches its peak, both by the role it played in the complex political game of those turbulent years and by the active cultural life that took place in it, together with its magnificent décor.

The proclamation of Isabella of Castile in 1474, momentous event in the history of Spain, will remain linked to the Alcazar forever, one of whose rooms recalls the occasion through the painting of the artist Muñoz de Pablos.

The House of Austria (1516-1621) barely used the building. However, it will still play an important role during two historical events: the Revolt of the Comuneros (1520-21) and the wedding of Felipe II with Ana de Austria (1570).

The Alcazar was used then as a State prison, this being almost exclusively its function during the reigns of Felipe IV and Carlos II.

Engraving of the Royal College of Artillery in the Alcazar of Segovia

Engraving of the Royal College of Artillery in the Alcazar of Segovia

arlos III founded the Royal College of Artillery in Segovia in 1762, whose first director was count Félix Gazzola. The military academy was installed on may 16, 1764 and remained in the Alcazar, with some short hiatus, until March 6, 1862, day in which a fire destroyed the roofs and the inside of the Palace together with most of the treasures contained in its archive, library, rooms, etc. The College, later called Artillery Academy, settled then in the convent of San Francisco, also in Segovia.

This academic centre became soon a model of its kind, and the best and most perfect exponent of the enlightened military education of the time.

A great chemistry lab was opened in a building close to the Alcazar (La Casa de la Química) in February 1792, as a part of the Artillery College. The highest-paid scientist of the Age of Enlightenment, the chemist Luis Proust, joined the College as head of the laboratory. He requested an infrastructure, equipment and means such that he himself, in the opening lecture, defined this laboratory as “the best one in Europe” of its kind.

The purpose of the implementation of this laboratory was to complete the curriculum of cadets with a cabinet that could facilitate them the study of natural history and chemistry, especially metallurgy. The French chemist conducted his investigations in this laboratory, achieving the formulation of the Law of Definited Proportions.

View of the Alcazar from the heights of El Parral or La Fuencisla

View of the Alcazar from the heights of El Parral or La Fuencisla

he General Military Archive was settled on the first floor of the fortress in 1898, and it remains in the Alcazar until today.

The Board of Trustees of the Alcazar of Segovia was created by Decree on January 18, 1951 to regulate the use of the building and its annexes for the benefit of the cultural heritage; to guarantee the conservation, maintenance and artistic protection of the monument; and to ensure that the public can enjoy a “Museum of the Alcázar de Segovia” to be an archive of memories in remembrance of its triple aspect of Royal Alcazar, military garrison and Royal College of Artillery

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Ever since its inauguration in the Alcazar, May 16, 1764, during the reign of Carlos III, the Royal College of Artillery has been training the officers of the Spanish army artillery. It is, possibly, the oldest active Military Officer Training Centre in the world.
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Helpful information

The Alcazar is open nearly every day of the year..

It is very easy and fast to purchase tickets, without queues or problems of availability, with the exception of small delays in a few very special days of the year.s.

Segovia is an exceptionally well communicated city. Now, of course, once you arrive, it’s a good idea to walk or use public transport, since parking is not allowed in the nearby of the monument and there are few parking spaces available in the immediate surroundings.

Otherwise, the Alcazar offers a wide range of services to make your visit an unforgettable experience.

Get your tickets at the box-office of the Alcazar (in the Casa de la Química, next to the fortress), on the same day of your visit. Tickets are valid for one day only and must be purchased on that day.

Buying tickets is a quick and easy procedure. There are no queues or availability problems (with the exception of certain days such as Easter Holydays).

You can pay::

  • Cash
  • Credit Card

Audio guides and guided tours are available to enhance your visit.

Check our special rates (reduced and free).

THE ALCÁZAR OF SEGOVIA OPENS VIRTUALLY EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.

OPENING HOURS:

  • Summer: (April to September) 10:00-19:30h
  • Winter: (November to March) 10:00-18:30h
  • October: Friday and Saturday: 10:00-19:30h
  • October: Sunday to Thursday: 10:00-18:30h
  • Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

CLOSED:

  • December 25
  • January 1 and 6
  • The Day of the Alcázar: June 24

REDUCED OPENING HOURS: 10:00 – 14:30

  • December 24 and 31, January 5

UPDATED ACCREDITATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SPECIAL RATES.

*Group: from 20 people on, belonging to the same entity, (association, company, travel agency, etc.), with a person in charge to remove tickets for all at once at the box-office of the Alcazar, provided that you fill in the RESERVATION FORM FOR GROUPS of this website (please, see the GROUPS tab). The person in charge has free entry. In the case of schools, there is free entry for a teacher every 25 students. In the case of groups of people at risk of social exclusion, please contact us to confirm that the Board of Trustees of the Alcazar includes your group within the beneficiaries of free admission.

Group: from 20 people on of the same association or entity and a person in charge to purchase all tickets at the same time. This person has free admission. In the case of schools, a free ticket for one teacher every 25 students will be given.

If your company, group or association wants to make a private, tailor made, off the clock visit to the Alcazar, please contact us by phone (+34 921 44 17 37, mornings from Monday to Friday) or send us your request using the contact form below (CONTACT US).
Available in Spanish, English and French.

Segovia, World Heritage city, has three unique monuments which alone are already worth a visit: the Roman aqueduct, the cathedral (Santa Iglesia Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción y de San Frutos) and the Alcázar.

Once in Segovia we shall be able to discover that the city offers much more: a very special Romanesque in the numerous parishes and convents, as well as one of the few remnants of civil Romanesque architecture remaining in Europe – the District of the sinecures-, the Jewish quarter (recently renovated), the splendid stately mansions scattered everywhere, dream panoramic views and a green belt around the walls where you can spend a good time in the footsteps of the rivers Eresma and Clamores and enjoy the views of the old town.

Not to mention its cuisine: don’t leave without trying the roasted suckling pig or lamb, the beans from La Granja or our garlic soup, and segovian punch (sponge cake, custard cream and marzipan).

And what about its wide range of cultural offer? Pay attention to the International Summer Festival, Titirimundi, Hay Festival, Folk Segovia, Diverse Music Festival… and many more.

The province of Segovia deserves a separate chapter: castles and palaces, parks, tourist routes through villages and districts, leisure activities and sport in nature, archaeological sites, concerts, summer festivals, traditional festivals… a whole world to discover, and one hour far from Madrid!


HOW TO GET TO SEGOVIA

Segovia has a modern network of communications currently. It’s connected by motorway with virtually the rest of neighboring cities.
Here you are various possibilities to get to Segovia from the capital of Spain.
It is an hour drive from Madrid or about 30 minutes if you choose the high speed train. A quick and pleasant journey.

Some 80 km separate Segovia of the capital of Spain. About an hour’s journey by toll road.
By toll road: from Madrid take highway A-6 (direction La Coruña) which, from Villalba on, becomes AP-6 (toll motorway). After the Guadarrama tunnel take the AP-61, which leads to Segovia.
If you want to avoid tolls, take the A-6 (direction La Coruña) and leave the motorway taking the N-VI (A Coruña/San Rafael, before the tunnel) by the Alto de Los Leones. After going up and down the port you will reach San Rafael, from where you can carry on to Segovia by the road N-603.
Another option without tolls: get out of Madrid by the M-607 to Navacerrada port and then take the M-601 to Segovia. It takes more or less the same time than by the Alto de los Leones, but the road is more devious (and has even better views).

Madrid (Chamartín)-Valladolid high-speed train line has a stop in Segovia. The journey takes less than 30 minutes. Segovia-Guiomar station is far from the center of the city (6 kms) but have the following public transportation:

  • Buses: line 11 (Aqueduct) and line 12 (Bus Station).
  • M9 Segovia metropolitan transport line (Bus Station).
  • Taxi service (24 h).

There is also a line of conventional trains between Madrid (Atocha-Chamartin) and Segovia that runs through the mountains of Guadarrama. These trains make stop at all stations of the route, often require transfers (usually in Cercedilla) and takes more than two hours, so they are quite romantic but little practical. The old Segovia train station is about 20-25 minute walk from the aqueduct (city buses, line 6).

RENFE: prices, schedules, accessibility and other services in http://www.renfe.com/

This option of public transport by road has three main advantages: its economical price, a large number of trips daily, and the location of the bus station close to the Centre of Segovia, five minute walk from the Aqueduct.

In Madrid buses leave from the Moncloa hub. They take around an hour to reach Segovia, with variations depending on the traffic and, above all, of the bus chosen, because some are direct while others made stops at several villages, which considerably extends the duration of the trip.
Once in Segovia, travelers can get off at the Cristo del Mercado (at the entrance of the city) but we strongly recommend to get off at the Bus Station (second and last stop) because it’s very close to the Old City.

La Sepulvedana: prices and schedules at http://www.lasepulvedana.es/

The closest airports to Segovia are:

  • Adolfo Suárez-Barajas Airport, Madrid, 87 km far from Segovia.
  • Villanubla Airport, Valladolid, 125 km far from Segovia.
  • Salamanca-Matacán Airport, Salamanca, a 164 km far from Segovia.

HOW TO GET TO THE ALCÁZAR

Best idea in Segovia is to walk and forget the car as soon as possible.
Within the Alcázar there is no parking spaces. Very few are available in the surrounding area. Besides, they are “green spaces”, i.e. time zone more limited and expensive than the “blue ” one. Only Saturday afternoon and Sunday parking is free, if you manage to find a space.
That, not to mention the difficulty of travelling through the city’s old town, plenty of narrow streets, prohibited directions and pedestrian ways or restricted access only for residents vehicles.
So look here where to leave your car as soon as possible and come to enjoy the walk.

There are two large paid parking zones at the foot of the old town, on both sides of the Aqueduct:

P. Acueducto Oriental. Avda. Padre Claret s/n. 

P. Acueducto. Avda. Fernández Ladreda s/n.

There are two free parking zones close to the old town:

  • One is located at the end of the Paseo Ezequiel González, next to a roundabout with a statue dedicated to Cándido, famous segovian innkeeper, cutting a roasted suckling pig with a dish. From there you can climb to the Alcázar taking a walk underneath the walls, enter the old city through the door of San Andrés and reach the fortress following the walls, a promenade with superb views.
  • Another one is in the District of San Marcos, facing the shrine of Our Lady of La Fuencisla (the patron saint of the city). This free parking is furthest than the first one but if we park there we can get up to the Church of Vera Cruz, where we’ll be able to admire a spectacular view of the old city from outside its walls. We then cross the Castellana bridge, also called bridge of San Marcos, and reach the pedestrian slope that leads to the arc of Santiago to enter inside the walls. All uphill, following the arc of Santiago to the right, got to the Alcázar. 30 minutes, approximately.
  • Both the tour around the Palace and the artillery Museum have ramps to make them accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.
    Given its particularities (152 steps in spiral staircase) access to the Tower of Juan II is restricted: there is no access for people with mobility difficulties nor unaccompanied minors.
  • The Alcazar has an adapted toilet available in the Casa de la Química, opposite the ticket office.
  • A free loan service of wheelchairs is available for visitors who request it. We have two wheelchairs.
  • There is one fee-paying (except for Saturday afternoon and Sunday) car park space reserved for people with reduced mobility at the entrance of the Alcazar, next to the gate which gives access to the gardens.
The Alcázar has an information center in front of the ticket office, in the Casa de la Química. The guide at the information center may resolve any doubts arising about Alcázar.

A leaflet about the Alcázar is given out free of charge in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. Leaflets in Korean will be available soon.

For telephone information service, please contact the office at 921 46 07 59 ó 921 46 04 52. You can also request information by email through the contact form. We will reply you as soon as possible.

The Alcázar has a semi-automatic defibrillator (AED) and first aid kit bag. We also have specially trained staff in first aid, use of the AED and basic life support emergency until the arrival of the specialized personnel of the health services.
The Alcázar has no cloakroom service nor locker available. The Board of Trustees of the Alcázar is not responsible for the deterioration or damages of objects neglected during the visit to the Alcázar.
Access: free (there is no need to purchase a ticket).
Opening hours: from 10 am to -at least- an hour after the Alcázar closes. July-August-September: from Monday to Thursday, cafeteria closes at 10 pm and, from Friday to Sunday, at 11 pm.
Terrace service available (weather permitting). Superb views.
Our shop has the same opening hours than the Alcázar and is located within the fortress, with access from the courtyard and the rooms of the Museum of artillery. To enter you need to purchase a ticket.
The information point for the Alcázar has audio guides available in Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Japanese, Chinese, and Corean. Please, see our prices.
The toilets for the majority of visitors are located within the Alcázar.
The toilet for disabled people is located in the Casa de la Química, opposite the ticket office. Please, see our accessibility section.
All toilets are equipped with baby-changing station.
  • Keep your admission ticket in a safe place in case you are asked for it at any time during the visit.
  • For your own benefit and that of other visitors, do not to use your mobile phone and speak quietly during your visit, to contribute to the atmosphere of tranquillity and reflection required to enjoy art and history.
  • Public peak hours are between 11.00 and 13.30.

The following is NOT permitted in the Alcázar de Segovia:

  • Unaccompanied visitors under 14 at the Tower of Juan II.
  • The use of a tripod while taking photographs or videos (photos and videos are allowed, even with flash).
  • Taking photographs or videos for commercial use or profit without prior permission.
  • Food and drinks.
  • To touch any exhibits or sit in cordoned chairs or benches.
  • To run through the rooms.
  • To shout in any of the rooms, Torre de Juan II included.

These rules have been established to ensure the conservation of the Alcázar and the safety of visitors. They must be strictly met, without exception.

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The Board of Trustees of the Alcazar calls the "Viscount of Altamira de Vivero" Fellowship, in order to encourage historical research on the Alcazar of Segovia.  Object of the call: The Board of Trustees of the Alcazar of Segovia convenes two fellowships (€10,000 each) among those proposals which relate to the study of the topics that are listed below, for

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Within the programme of activities of his trip to Spain, the Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, paid a visit to the city of Segovia, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the entry of our country in the United Nations. The city of Segovia, that commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of its Declaration as world heritage

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