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What to see

PUERTA DE SAN ANDRÉS (SAN ANDRÉS GATE)

This connectes the Jewish Quarter with the tanneries, the vegetable plots in the Clamores Valley and the Jewish cemetery.

The rotting of the hides in the tanneries together with its close proximity to the slaughterhouse, located in Casa del Sol [The House of the Sun], gave the district an unsanitary and disagreeable air which led to the exodus of the more gentrified members of the community to other parts of the city.

On the exterior side is a royal coat of arms and, on the interior, the niche of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and inside, a plaque in memory of the author Francisco de Quevedo and his work Historia de la vida del Buscón [Paul the Sharper], which is set in Segovia.

Address
C/ Martínez Campos, s/n
40001 Segovia

MUSEUM OF SEGOVIA/CASA DEL SOL

The House of the Sun is a former bastion elevated above the protrusion which forms the meander of the Clamores River.

Initially, it was a fortress and later served as the city's slaughterhouse for five centuries, until 1973. In 1981, it became the Provincial Museum of Segovia.

From this stretch of the Wall the Pinarillo woodland can be seen, in which the Jewish cemetery is located. A number of excavations have brought to light both anthropomorphic tombs and naturally-formed hollows.

Address
C/ Socorro, 11
40001 Segovia
Tel. (+34) 921 460 613
Fax. (+34) 921 460 580
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CUESTA DE LA ZORRA (FOX HILL)

We now find ourselves on the northern side of the wall, leaving behind the Alcázar [Fortress]. The route continues along the Cuesta de la Zorra [Fox Hill]; a slope going down to the San Marcos Neighbourhood. In this district, the unique Jardín del Romeral de San Marcos [Romeral de San Marcos Garden] is located, the creation of landscape gardener Leandro Silva, and a number of paths and trails along the banks of the Eresma River.

The wall on this northern side has parts which are greatly deteriorated, owing to the vegetation which grows easily due to the humid and shady conditions of this area.

From here, other monuments of interest can be seen such as the Real Casa de Moneda [Royal Mint] or the Monasterio de Santa María del Parral [Santa María del Parral Monastery].

In the distance the village of Zamarramala and the Iglesia de la Vera Cruz [Vera Cruz Church] can be seen.

PUERTA DE SANTIAGO (SANTIAGO GATE)

This is comprised of a mixture of distinct styles, Mudéjar, Renaissance and Barroque.

It is the exit of the walled district towards the road to the villages of Castile and the Santiago Trail to Madrid; a new route which was established through an initiative of the Asociación de Amigos de los Caminos de Santiago de Madrid [Friends of the Santiago Trail to Madrid Association]. It currently houses El Museo del Títere [Puppet Museum].

Recently restored, it houses the exhibition of puppets, which the puppet master Francisco Peralta donated to the city of Segovia. The 38 pieces represent characters from puppet theatre taken from popular ballads, musicals by acclaimed authors, Classic Literature and quality children's fiction.

Different systems of manipulation are displayed: threads, gears and joints, mechanisms, rods, handles and bases.

Franciso Peralta is considered to be one of the finest puppeteers in Spain. In 1990, he became the first puppeteer to be awarded a Silver Medal of Merit for Fine Art.

Address
C/ Puerta de Santiago, 36
40003 Segovia
Tel. (+34) 921 460 501
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POSTIGO DEL CONSUELO (CONSOLATION WICKET GATE)

It takes its name from the shrine which stood just a few metres away, which is no longer standing. It was a hollow opening in the wall for pedestrian traffic. It was demolished in the 19th century and rebuilt in the 20th Century, re-using the entrance of a building which had been dismantled on Calle Real [Royal Street]. Its exterior façade is crowned with the city's coat of arms, which presides over the entrance to the walled district.

 

 

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