Segovia, Castile and León – Spain.
The Alcázar of Segovia is one of the most distinctive castle palaces in Spain. It was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy since then. Like many fortifications in Spain it started off as an Arab fort, which itself was built on a Roman fort but little of that structure remains today. The first reference to this particular Alcázar was in 1120, about 32 years after the city of Segovia returned to Christian hands.
Throughout the Middle Ages, the Alcázar remained the favorite residence of the monarchs of the Kingdom of Castile and a key fortress in the defense of the kingdom. During this period, the majority of the current building was constructed and the palace was extended on a large scale by the monarchs of the Trastámara dynasty.
It has been said that Walt Disney got the idea of the Cinderella Castle after he saw the Segovia Alcazar.
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