This dessert is a local favorite in Segovia, and not easy to find outside the city where it was invented in 1926 by a local confectioner. Ponche Segoviano is a layered cake with custard and marzipan, topped with criss-crossed caramelized sugar.
There is a patent to the original recipe and it’s a secret. Restaurants and cafes have their versions, and Segovian households have their own family recipe.
Pasteleria Limon y Menta reportedly makes the best Ponche Segoviano. It is located at Calle Infanta Isabel, 2 in Segovia.
Of course, I had to try this Segovian dessert. The flavors of the custard and marzipan danced in my taste buds. What a yummy dessert!
This amazing structure perked my interest. I wanted to know more about it. Here’s what I learned.
What is Acueducto de Segovia?
Acueducto de Segovia is an ancient aqueduct in Segovia, Spain. An aqueduct carries water from a source to a distribution point far from the source. Segovia’s aqueduct is made of granite blocks. It has 167 arches. At its tallest, the aqueduct is 28.5 meters, including the foundation which is nearly 6 meters.
Who built it?
Ancient Romans built the aqueduct of Segovia. The Ancient Romans were citizens of Ancient Rome which rose to power in the 8th Century BC and fell in the 5th Century AD.
When was it built?
Geza Alfoldy, a Hungarian historian of Ancient history, determined by studying the anchors that held the missing letters on the dedication plaque of the aqueduct, that its construction was ordered by Emperor Dominitian who reigned from AD 81-96.
Why was it built?
Aqueducts were built by the Ancient Romans to provide a constant flow of water to cities and towns for public baths, fountains, and households. The Acueducto de Segovia brought water from Fuente Fria river to the city.
The Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the best-preserved elevated Roman aqueducts. It is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its Outstanding Univeral Value as a best known civil engineering feat of the Ancient Romans.
The city of Segovia is an hour and a half drive from Madrid which makes it a great destination for a day trip from Spain’s capital city. It offers visitors a rich history, impressive monuments, and stunning views.
There are several sites to see in Segovia, but the best three are the ancient Roman Aqueduct, Segovia Cathedral, and the Alcazar.
Ancient Roman Aqueduct
When I laid eyes on the ancient Roman aqueduct in Segovia, I was in complete awe. The structure is almost 92 feet high, and stands so magnificently at Segovia’s historic center. It was built in 50 AD using 20,400 granite blocks forming 167 arches. The aqueduct stands tall and strong today. It truly deserves its designation as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This late Gothic cathedral is an imposing structure that dominates Segovia’s main plaza. The large cathedral has 18 chapels filled with fine religious sculptures and artwork. The first book printed in Spain, Sinodal de Aguilafuente, is kept in the Cathedral Archives along with 500 antique books. A tower tour conducted in Spanish is available once daily in the afternoon. The tour was worth it, even though I couldn’t understand anything that the guide said.
The Alcázar is a castle with turreted towers. It was home to royalty from the 12th to the 16th century. All the rooms of the castle are open to visitors. Each room is furnished with period pieces giving a glimpse of the life of royals who resided there.
Of course, a visit to Segovia would not be complete without tasting its famous cochinillo which I will share tomorrow.