October 24, 2016

Historical Monuments

The old part of Segorbe follows the medieval path, while the new sector has wide streets and public squares.

Segorbe owns a variety of examples according to the military, civil and ecclesiastic architecture. The “torre de la Carcel” and the “torre del Verdugo” (executor in Spanish) named like this because it was the royal pain executor’s housing) are two cylindrical towers which are part from the military architecture. This two towers together with the “Arco de la Verónica” probably a Roman construction, form part of the city walls.

According to the city buildings, Segorbe has a city hall, which was an ancient Ducal Palace (XVI c.), with interesting stuccoed Mudejar style ceiling. There is also a Municipal Museum, which is located inside a building since XVIII c.; inside the museum shelters an important archaeological collection of the region.

Focussing on Segorbe as a religious city, it has its outstanding building in the Cathedral-Basilica. At the beginning the Cathedral-Basilica was Gothic (XIII c.), but with the various remodelations it has reached an academist architecture, the one at the present time. As a whole, the altars made out of marble, the paintings of the vault José Vergara’s work of art, Manuel Camarón for the apse, and the Gothic cloister, where the museum is located, are the most outstanding features one can find inside the Cathedral. The Museum is unique in its works of art from the artist Donnattello, Jacomart, Reixach, Martín Torner, Vicente Maçip, Ribalta, Vicente López, etc… that sandal from XV c. to XVIII c. The church of San Joaquín and Santa Ana, a baroque temple of XVII c., San Pedro (XIII c.), San Martín (XVII c.) and the Seminary, an old school and church of the Jesuits (XVII c.) are all also notable buildings.

Together with all these monuments mentioned above, there are the typical streets that open to nice parades like Sopeña, with excellent views to the Palancia valley, and Sierra Espadán and Calderona.