GEO Segovia allows students to learn through organized experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Each week, a portion of class time is spent on walking tours to historical sites throughout Segovia. Short class excursions, day trips, and a weekend excursion* allow students to see, experience, and feel rich history of Spain first hand.
Note: Not all of the following attractions are visited in any one term.
• Royal Artillery Academy – Founded in the 18th century, this is Spain's oldest Army officer training center. It participated in some of the most important scientific advances of of the 18th century, and today is the world’s oldest active military academy.
• Cathedral – This Segovia landmark is world's last cathedral built in the Gothic architectural style. The cathedral's tower, over 90 meters tall, was once Spain's tallest structure. The cathedral also holds the first mahogany wood imported to Spain from the New World.
• Casa de los Picos – Built in the 15th century by a Segovian mayor, this distinctive building has changed ownership throughout the years. Somewhere along the way, 617 granite ‘picos’ were added to the building's facade, so as to preserve "all the sullen rudeness of the medieval character". The building now houses the Art School of Segovia.
• Canonjías– One of Segovia's most interesting neighborhoods, it is the oldest and best-preserved in Romanesque style. Originally, the the bishop who oversaw the governing of Segovia's cathedral lived here; it has since been home to distinguished artists and celebrities.
• Eresma Valley – Carved by the Eresma river, this beautiful natural area features impressive views of the Alcázar, and expansive network of walking and biking trails. The Sanctuary of Fuencisla, along with the monasteries of El Parral and San Juan de la Cruz are also situated in the Eresma valley.
• Casa de Moneda – Founded in the 16th century by King Felipe II, this was the first mechanical mint of the State, and revolutionized the way coins were minted. Today it is one of the worlds oldest industrial buildings.
• Romanesque Route – Features the finest examples of Segovia’s Romanesque style.
• Jewish Quarter – On the southern side of Segovia’s walled city, this district boasts the remains of medieval Jewish synagogues and palaces, along with museums and buildings that evoke Segovia's Jewish past.
• Sefardic Museum – An educational center dedicated to the history of Segovia's Sefardic Jews, this museum is in the former house of Abraham Seneor, a prominent Jewish Segovian who held high office during the reign of Queen Isabel.
Here you can watch a walking tour presented by professor Laura Arranz about the Jewish Quarter: