The Cathedral’s Tower is one of the most significant architectural references for every visitor who comes to Segovia. That is why it deserves a separate presentation. Its lean structure and singularity makes it the flagship of this temple, known by many people as the ‘Lady of the Cathedrals’.
From the distance, the Tower -which with its current 288,714 ft. tall was, on its days, the tallest tower of the whole Spain,- defines the skyline of the city, leaving the Cathedral almost floating between Heaven and earth framed, as well, between the different smaller towers from the Romanesque churches. -It is worth noting that Segovia is one of the Spanish cities with the greatest number of churches.-
With a squared floor plant, the Tower -essence of the Cathedral, -was firstly built in a Gothic style. In its origins, it was crowned by a wooden spire that raised the tower until the height of 354,331 ft. Unfortunately, on the year 1614, during a storm, a lightning provoked a fire that destroyed the spire.
That event gave the architect Juan de Mugaguren the idea of placing a dome built in the Herrerian style and a stone spire instead. Both of them remain until the present days.
By looking closely, it can be established that this dome is quite similar to the one on the transept. This is because Juan de Mugaguren will finish the one of the tower in 1615, at the same time that the pentagonal chapels of the ambulatory were being built.
Nowadays, the tower can be visited in guided tours entering from the Chapel of Saint Blas. Along the visit, there is a submersion in the history of the Cathedral beginning with a brief introduction in the Chapel, carried out by an expert guide of the temple.
The first stage is the Audiovisual Room, furnished with part of a Flemish tapestries collection which tells the history of Pompeius Magnus, all of them made by the brothers Bernart and Christian van Bruston. Also in this room, a video subtitled in English goes through the construction of the Tower and its occurrences along the times.
Next stage is the Bell Ringer’s House, a place preserved to discover how the lives of the bell ringer and his family were. There, a little staircase leads to the Clock’s Room, furnished with the rest of the tapestries and the mechanism of the clock, quite similar to that of the Puerta del Sol in Madrid.
At last, the expected part of the tour: the Bell Tower. The view of the city and its natural surroundings astonishes the visitors, who have the privilege of enjoying the highest lookout point of the city.
Visits are conducted in Spanish, but they could be in English prior notice.