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The Alcázar of Segovia was one of the favorite residences of the monarchs of Castile in the Middle Ages and a key fortress in the defence of the kingdom. It was during this period that most of the current building was constructed by the Trastámara dynasty.
In 1258, parts of the Alcázar had to be rebuilt by King Alfonso X after a cave in and the Hall of Kings was built to house Parliament soon after. However, the single largest contributor to the continuing construction of the Alcázar is King John II who built the "New Tower" (Now known as John II tower ). In 1474, the Alcázar played a major role in the rise of Queen Isabella I. On 12 December news of King Henry IV's death in Madrid reached Segovia and Isabella immediately took refuge within the walls of the Alcázar where she received the support of Andres Cabrera and Segovia's council. She was enthroned the next day as Queen of Castile and León. #thealcazar#fortress#medieval#middleages#medievalcastle#castile#king#queen#medievalking#medievalqueen#history#heritage#spanishhistory#monarchy#snowcastle