Coca – the birthplace of Roman Emperor Theodosius I

Coca is a municipality in the province of Segovia, central Spain, part of the autonomous community of Castile and Leon.

It is located on the Camino de Santiago de Madrid and in the сomarca de la Campiña Segovianae.

It was also the birthplace of Roman Emperor Theodosius I in 347 CE.

Main attractions

The Castle of Coca was constructed in the 15th century and has been considered to be one of the best examples of Spanish Mudejar brickwork which incorporates Moorish Muslim design and construction with Gothic architecture.

Coca castle was owned by the well-known Spanish aristocratic family the House of Alba de Tormes (sometimes known as the House of Alba) until the mid-twentieth century.

The San Nicolás tower is the remains of the old homonymous church. According to Julio Valdeón Baruque, it is a representative example of Gothic-Mudejar architecture; according to José María de Azcárate it has influences from the tower of the Cordoba mosque. Although its construction date is not clear, its existence known already by the year 1247. It has the category of Asset of Cultural Interest, with the code RI-51-0000879.

Also worth a visit are the remains of the wall, the town’s arch and the church of Santa María la Mayor, which houses the alabaster tomb of the Fonseca family.

How to get to?

From Segovia 46 min (52.1 km) via CL-605

From Valladolid 1 hr (63.4 km) via N-601

From Madrid 1 hr 38 min (143 km) via AP-6

Main information

Area: 98 sq. km (municipality)

Coordinates: 41°13′07″N 4°31′30″W

Population: 1774

Languages: Spanish

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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