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Shadows in the city
29 April, 2016

Shadows in the city

The city has turned passersby into shadows. The idea of anonymous beings walking around like ghosts puts my imagination into overdrive. Armed with my trusty camera, I watch them wandering about. They’re like ants, zig-zagging between streets. In a few minutes’ time night will make the shadows disappear, and the street will be deserted.

Living history
25 April, 2016

Living history

From a bird’s eye view IE University’s Segovia campus looks magnificent. Situated at the foot of a medieval wall, the old Santa Cruz la Real Convent is now a source of pride for the city for two main reasons – because it’s an architectonic gem in itself, and because it houses a university that is committed to innovation. A national heritage site, the history of this building, with a surface area of more than 18,000m2, is quite a curious one. In the 13th century it was the first Dominican convent to be built in Spain, then it was rebuilt in the 15th century, and rebuilt once again in the 19th century. Behind these walls that are so steeped in history, today Santa Cruz la Real is equipped with cutting technology applied to education. Moreover, it’s one of the most international university environments in existence. Young people of more than a hundred nationalities come here to study. Santa Cruz la Real is, without doubt, still making history.

The enchanted shop
20 April, 2016

The enchanted shop

The owner of this establishment opened the store after his lunch break. It was four o’ clock in the afternoon. He delicately placed a beautiful wooden horse right in the entrance. I thought the wooden toy was a wonderful and unusual way of attracting the attention of tourists. The shelves in the store were chock-full of old clocks, puppets, metal cars, and a whole range of other stuff, to the delight of children, collectors, and nostalgic shoppers. It was a magical place. When I left, the wooden rocking horse, humble as it was, looked to me like the original Trojan horse.

The market
13 April, 2016

The market

Segovia still manages to preserve some of the traditions that are typical of small cities in Spain, such as holding a flea market in the Plaza Mayor. It’s something that people don’t want to see disappear. Every Thursday large numbers of Segovians go to the Plaza to have a look round, buy some food, and bag a bargain or even a real treasure. This open air market is ideal for buying anything from handicrafts and antiques to food and clothing.

Architects
11 April, 2016

Architects

The old church of the Santa Cruz la Real Convent, which now serves as the Aula Magna of IE University, was the place architecture students chose to present samples of their latest work to their professors. The church, which has just one knave with crossed vaults, was reformed at the end of the 15th century by one of the most prolific stonemasons of the time, Juan Guas, famous for his late gothic work. Master stonemason Guas worked in Segovia for 20 years and was also involved in the construction of the city’s cathedral. There’s no doubt that the Aula Magna is an incredibly inspiring place for future architects.

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