Exploring Salamanca: Part 2…

O.K., so here’s some more interesting places I’ve been to so far…

La Catedral Vieja (The Old Cathedral):

Constructed between the XII and XIII centuries, this is truly a testament to medieval architectual/artistic goodness…

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La Catedral Nueva (The New Cathedral):

Started in 1513 (and completed in 1733), La Catedral Nueva was built to accomodate the growing population of Salamanca…Interesting story: On November 1, 1755, the church was somewhat badly damaged from the effects of the Earthquake of Lisbon–but nobody died, and hence, a miracle…To commemorate this, every 31 of October, some fool brave soul, “El Mariquelo”, climbs up, unprotected, up the bell tower and plays a song…You can see Youtube videos of it, so I’m told…

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El Convento de San Esteban (The Convent of St. Stephen):

Constructed between the XV and XVII centuries, this Dominican monastary is dedicated to Stephen–the first martyr for Christiandom, who was stoned to death…Here, La Escuela de Salamanca (The School [of thought] of Salamanca) was created by Francisco de Vitoria, and is one of the bases of International Law/The Human Rights movement…

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The Courtyard…

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I don’t know exactly what this is, but it’s made entirely of gold…

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A close-up of a portrait depicting Stephen’s stoning (try saying that 5x fast)…

Las Torres de la Clerecía (The Towers of the Clergy)…

The site of a Jesuit monastary…Also, a source of spectacular views of the city…

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