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Salamanca, Spain
May 23, 2008
Pete's Pics > Salamanca, Spain
 
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Iglesia de San Julián y Santa Basilisa This Gothic Mudejar church, formerly a Gothic temple dating from the middle of the 14th century, has three naves and a simple Gothic façade


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The altarpiece dates from the beginning of the 18th century. Silver lights from the 16th and 17th centuries hang in the chancel


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Plaza Mayor, the main square, considered one of the finest in Europe


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Eating out in the square is apparently popular


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There was a "happening" in the square, numerous skeptics watching a hack magician. Pretty good show actually, but no sub-titles


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The "Royals" used to watch bull torturing and similar genteel exhibitions from these balconies


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Around every corner of the city there was something to gape at - churches, monasteries, colleges, cathedral - all handsomely decorated and nicely maintained


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San Sebastian was around the next corner


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Santa María de los Caballeros


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Case de las Muerte


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Convento de las Ursulas


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Capilla Orden de Tercera San Francisco


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Chapel interior


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Capilla de la Veracruz This little chapel was built on the site of an old hospital, and was converted into a chapel in the 16th century


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Veracruz interior


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Convento de las Purisima


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Another view of San Sebastian


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San Sebastian interior


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Spectacular streets


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Colegio de San Pelayo on the left, Casa de las Conchas on the right


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Detail of Case de las Conchas


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Heading toward the University


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Colegio de San Pelayo


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A few of the 36,000 university student progressing though one of the quadrangles


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At the other end of the quadrangle is this richly carved building


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The golden sandstone carvings are incredibly detailed


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Pigeons and other birds don't have much respect for the awesome stonework


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A first glimpse of the Catedral Nuevo - the New Cathedral


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Colegio Santa María de los Ángeles


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The Roman bridge with later extensions at the south end of the old city


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The bridge is about 400 feet long and is closed to vehicular traffic


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Detail of the skyline from the bridge


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What do we have here?


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Golly! It's my favorite Troll!


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The River Torme - not too spectacular this time of year


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Back in the old city, the splendid approach to the new cathedral


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The stonework on all the major buildings is exquisite


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Detail of roof line


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A side aisle of the cathedral


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My measuring device is dwarfed by one of the supporting columns


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The cathedral interior is extensive and quite complex. Much of it is railed off from public access


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The main choir


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Detail of wall above the choir


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The fact that the two cathedral - the old and the new - are both functional made the comprehension of the layout beyond my capability


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The storks, a solidly secular breed, do not discriminate with their nesting sites


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Exterior of the old cathedral


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Clock and bell tower detail


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Convento de San Estaban


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Detail above convent entrance


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Torre del Clavero


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Too much to expect that even a spectacular city such as Salamanca could escape graffiti


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This lovely lady was enjoying the spring afternoon in the park...


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...in the company of this gentleman
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