Segovia Cathedral is the Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral located in the main square of the city of Segovia, in the community of Castile-Leon, Spain. The church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was built in a Gothic style in the mid-sixteenth century, the massive cathedral was built between 1525-1577 in a late Gothic style, outdated elsewhere in Europe. The previous cathedral of Segovia had stood adjacent to the Alcazar, the rebellious Comuneros were intent on taking the Cathedral to protect its holy relics, and to use its position against the walls of the Alcazar in order to defeat its defenders. But their plea fell on deaf ears, and the comuneros replied, after a bitter siege lasting months, the cathedral lay in ruins. The buildings structure features three vaults and an ambulatory, with fine tracery windows and numerous stained glass windows. The interior is characterized by unity of style, except for the dome, the Gothic vaults are 33 meters high by 50 meters wide and 105 long. The bell tower reaches almost 90 meters, the current stone spire crowning the tower, dating from 1614, was erected after a major fire caused by a thunderstorm. The original spire, entirely Gothic, was built of American mahogany, had a pyramidal structure, the retablo mayor, or main reredos, of the cathedral was carved by Francisco Sabatini, and is dedicated to the Virgin of the Peace. It is adorned with the Segovian Saints Frutos, Geroteo, Valentín, the cathedral museum has works by Pedro Berruguete, Sánchez Coello and Van Orley, and the cathedral archives have one of the first printed books published in Spain, the Sinodal de Aguilafuente. Roman Catholic Diocese of Segovia Great Buildings Online
View of the Facade.
The Segovia Cathedral at night.
Overall view of the Cathedral of Segovia, Castilla y Léon, Spain and the surrounding Jewish Quarter of the city (la Judería)