Don't forget to climb up and down the steps (and breathe in-between) From calle de Segovia the sight of the viaduct is almost expressionistic.
23 metres above the ground
The writer Valle-Inclán, in "Luces de Bohemia", referred to it as the platform as the way to reach the stars. A very literary manner of mentioning the way in which many people tried to end their lives. Today it has has glass screens which aim to dissuade these urges. The Segovia has a 23-metre drop, forms the extension of calle de Bailén and connects the Alumdena Cathedral with the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande. The structure had to be reinforced and reformed during the 1970s as when it was built in 1934, nobody imagined that the surrounding traffic would increase so much. From above you can gain privileged views: the Casa de Campo and the Almudena on one side and the rooftops and towers of Madrid de los Austrias on the other. On one side are Las Vistillas, sloping gardens which are ideal for watching the sunset and where many popular fiestas take place, such as that of San Isidro, the patron saint of the city. Don't forget to climb up and down the stairs, because from the calle de Segovia, the sight of the viaduct is almost expressionistic. It is best when lit-up at night.
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