September 19-23, 2011
Segovia is renowned for its Romanesque art, beautiful architecture and historical convents. One of these, the Convent of Santa Cruz la Real, houses the IE University campus just outside the city walls. Founded in 1218 and declared a national heritage site in 1931, the IE University campus covers over 18,000m2 and is made up lecture theaters, work rooms, laboratories, conference rooms, and radio and TV studios. The IE University campus also features the Reyes Católicos Hall of Residence, giving students a modern university experience against this beautiful medieval backdrop. The convent church now serves as the University¿s main conference hall, a spectacular centerpiece lovingly restored to its former glory.
The church portal is the work of 15th-century Spanish architect and sculptor Juan Guas, and is a perfect example of late Gothic architecture. It features a blend of complex iconographic features, messianic symbols and political scenes depicting the protection afforded by the Catholic monarchs who ruled Spain at the time. IE University has undertaken the restoration of the entire site. A walk through the main cloister serves to transport the visitor to a place in history that is in direct contrast to the cutting-edge technology used in the lecture theaters, workshops, and laboratories that make up the IE University campus.
Distance from Madrid to Segovia: 92 Km (Highway A-6 and AP-61). By car: 1h 9m.