Teach Through Educational Travel: Alcazar Castle, Segovia

Did you ever wonder about the inspiration for Disney castles? Look no further than Alcazar Castle in Segovia, Spain, according to popular opinion. Alcazar is Spanish for castle (so in English, we’re saying Castle Castle!). Located in Segovia, Alcazar Castle was built in the 13th and 14th centuries (although fortifications had been at this location since the early 1100s, when it was an Arab fort).

Shaped like the bow of a ship, the Alcazar of Segovia is one of the most distinctive castles in the world. It has a long and varied history – it’s been a long-time royal palace, home to Parliament, prison, college, military academy, a film set, and is now a cultural museum.

The interior was mostly destroyed by a fire in 1862; restoration began in 1882, based on drawings and romantic ideas of castles.

Teach Through Educational Travel
  • Did you know that the 1967 movie, Camelot, was partially filmed at Alcazar de Segovia? The site was used in the film as Sir Lancelot’s home in France, Joyous Gard. Check out this movie trivia – what other movies has Alcazar de Segovia appeared in? Can you imagine setting a movie there?

  • Speaking of being on site, take a look at this video of the Alcazar de Segovia. Then take a walk around Alcazar de Segovia, and look at the interactive map of Segovia, including the Alcazar. What surprises you most about this ancient building – and its relationship to the town of Segovia?
  • Think you can recognize Alcazar de Segovia? Complete this puzzle to see if you’ve got the architecture right. How did you fare?


Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.