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Plaza Mayor from Segovia, Spain

Segovia’s Plaza Mayor has a special meaning for the history of Spain. In 1474, when it was still called San Miguel Plaza, the Catholic Queen Isabella of Castile was crowned there. Otherwise, it is a typical Spanish square. Nonetheless, in an urbanistic sense, it offers an unexpected yet at the same time visually interesting performance. A massive cathedral building, one of the latest Gothic cathedrals in Europe, is found on one of the square’s sides. But Plaza Mayor manages not to let itself dominated by this cathedral. Seen from the square, the cathedral does not appear so monumental, and the square maintains an intimate air, relatable to human height.