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Facing History

Segovia’s Roman aqueduct is at its most spectacular downhill from here, where in the center of town it reaches a height of 30 meters and throngs of tourists gather to admire it. But in the quiet, little-visited southern part of town, the aqueduct, built at the end of the 1st century, passes through humble barrios where locals live with it right outside their front doors. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Las Médulas: Landscape a la romana

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The spectacular landscape of ochre-red cliffs known as Las Médulas, in Castilla y León, owes its shape to the Romans, who used hydraulic mining techniques to get at the area’s rich gold deposits. It was the most important gold mine in the entire Roman Empire, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While Las Médulas are no longer mined, mining in León is still an important part of the economy. Note the mine in the distance. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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