This is the Tower of John II of Segovia Castile.
I have used the Polarized filter. F/16.
The Alcázar of Segovia, like many fortifications in Spain , started off as an Arab fort, which itself was built on a Roman fort but little of that structure remains. The first reference to this particular Alcázar was in 1120, around 32 years after the city of Segovia returned to Christian hands (during the time when Alfonso VI of León and Castile reconquered lands to the south of the Duero river down to Toledo and beyond). However, archaeological evidence suggests that the site of this Alcázar was once used in Roman times as a fortification.
The shape and form of the Alcázar was not known until the reign of King Alfonso VIII (1155–1214), however early documentation mentioned a wooden stockade fence. It can be concluded that prior to Alfonso VIII's reign, it was no more than a wooden fort built over the old Roman foundations. Alfonso VIII and his wife, Eleanor of Plantagenet made this Alcázar their principal residence and much work was carried out to erect the beginnings of the stone fortification we see today.
The Alcázar, throughout the Middle Ages, remained one of the favorite residences of the monarchs of the Kingdom of Castile and a key fortress in the defense of the kingdom. It was during this period a majority of the current building was constructed and the palace was extended on a large scale by the monarchs of the Trastámara dynasty.
In 1258, parts of the Alcázar had to be rebuilt by King Alfonso X of Castile after a cave-in and soon after the Hall of Kings was built to house Parliament. However, the single largest contributor to the continuing construction of the Alcázar is King John II who built the 'New Tower' (John II tower as it is known today).
In 1474, the Alcázar played a major role in the rise of Queen Isabella I of Castile. On 12 December news of the King Henry IV's death in Madrid reached Segovia and Isabella immediately took refuge within the walls of this Alcázar where she received the support of Andres Cabrera and Segovia's council. She was crowned the next day as Queen of Castile and León.
The next major renovation at the Alcázar was conducted by King Philip II after his marriage to Anna of Austria. He added the sharp slate spires to reflect the castles of central Europe. In 1587, architect Francisco de Morar completed the main garden and the School of Honor areas of the castle.
The royal court eventually moved to Madrid and the Alcázar then served as a state prison for almost two centuries before King Charles III founded the Royal Artillery School in 1762. It served this function for almost a hundred years until March 6, 1862 where a fire badly damaged the roofs and framework.
It was only in 1882 that the building was slowly restored to its original state. In 1896, King Alfonso XIII ordered the Alcázar to be handed over to the Ministry of War as a military college.
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Sergiom (58617) 2013-05-23 4:51
Quand c'est impossible de le faire entrer dans l'image à l'horizontale, un petit coup sur la droite et le tour est joué, de plus cela attire le regard et c'est original. J'aime beaucoup ce nuage qui donne l'impression d'être de la fumée de cheminée.
cornejo (30592) 2013-05-23 5:07
Hello Serghei, good picture with an interesting pov and framing of this beautiful castle of Segovia, beautifully captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Noel_Byrne (23252) 2013-05-23 5:28
This really is a fairytale castle come to life, the towers and conical roofs look brilliant. even its pink colours against the blue sky remind me of a Disney movie.
Really nice point of view too, and the slight tilt suits it really well.
All the best
Oceania (4766) 2013-05-23 5:52
This is very unique in composition. The structure is impressive under Spain's crispy blue sky.
danos (85757) 2013-05-23 7:15
really beautiful the castle that is looking as coming from the fairytales.Nice your idea to placed all of it in the frame lean it on the right.Excellent the light and the colour management as its excellent maintenance as presentation too.
ikeharel (55972) 2013-05-23 7:47
Good evening Serghei,
This castle is most remembered becouse the view resemble to Disney that has it's theme alike.
The askew angel do not disturb a fine view, with the many turrets and chimnies.
Fine shot, good light and colors managed.
ChrisJ (96568) 2013-05-23 9:50
Unusual framing and good use of tilt with superb sharpness. I might have added a little more yellow and green. Seems blue magenta on my screen. Love the warm cold color contrast between the blue sky and reddish hued castle walls. Nice repetition of the turrets in this fairytale castle. Tfs!
ManuMay (34433) 2013-05-23 9:59
Looking at your pictures I can see you have really enjoy your visit to Spain!! ;)
A very beautiful point of view choosen, good idea too the tree branches inclusion, giving a great light and colour contrast, full sharpness and defintion, and very beautiful light...Great!!
Have a nice day...
Best regards too to your family...
holmertz (40049) 2013-05-23 11:16
This is one of those occasions when such a tilt works very well. Along with the strong colours and contrasts achived by the filter this has made the picture quite stunning and very eye-catching and intresting to watch. The castle is really something and could probably be well captured from a number of angles.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-05-23 16:03
Hi dear Serghei
Very nice and so unique POV.I believe that's one of the best,you could chose.Splendid colors and saturation.Very well done!
Have a nice day
emka (77306) 2013-05-23 22:34
Priviet Serghei, Creative composition of this castle like taken from Disney world. Nice colours and sharpness. Segovia is the place that I would like to see, last time when I was in Spain I had no time.
Fis2 (84528) 2013-05-25 6:33
Interesting POV and composition.
I like colors and light.
fabbs99 (16163) 2013-05-25 13:15
The Tower of John II of Segovia Castile looks very sharp even in this tilted frame.Very pleasant colors and an interesting note.
Very well done.
Best regards and best wishes.
fritzi007 (4479) 2013-05-25 17:17
Super Arbeit in Schrift und Foto, eine sehr gute Arbeit, gratuliere!
Viele Grüße WOlfgang