Today we visited the cities of Avila and Segovia. Avila was our first stop, where we learned about the walls originally built in the 5th century by the Vettones. After the Roman conquest of the city, it was restructured like a typical Roman city, with a rectangular shape and streets intersecting in the center of the city. The walls that stand today, however, were built after the conquest of Raymond of Burgundy in the 11th century. Austin and Nevin are photographed atop one of the towers in Avila, and the second picture displays the view from the same tower.
Next, we headed to the city of Segovia, where we were greeted by the sight of the ancient Roman aqueduct. It has stood the test of time, since it was most likely built around 50 BC. This is even more impressive due to the fact that no cement or mortar was used to build it and it is essentially supported by its own arches. After learning about the aqueduct, we went to the top of the Alcazar castle. The Alcazar Castle was the principal residence of Alfonso VIII and his wife Eleanor of England during the 12th and 13th centuries. We included a view of Segovia from the top of Alcazar, which was incredible. We also interviewed our host father, who is an incredible artist. We included a picture of one of his paintings of a section in the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca.
33 students and 4 teachers from LOLHS travel to Salamanca, Spain for the experience of a lifetime! We look forward to sharing our adventure this April break.