Salamanca’s Cathedral

Salamanca, Spain, is blessed with a number of remarkable buildings, including the Catedral Nueva which is actually built adjacent to the older one.

Catedral Nueva, Salamanca, Spain.

Catedral Nueva, Salamanca, Spain.

Even my widest angle lens had trouble capturing the entire exterior in a single frame. Inside, the sweeping columns rise to amazing heights.

Inside Salamanca's Catedral Nueva.

Inside Salamanca’s Catedral Nueva.

Quite a large amount of light falls into this building, compared to the Romanesque style cathedrals you’ll find in other cities. Heading to the “old” cathedral through a door, you’ll find a number of paintings such as these:

Interior paintings, Salamanca's "Old" Cathedral.

Interior paintings, Salamanca’s “Old” Cathedral.

As well as some interesting tombs:

Tomb and wall paintings at Salamanca's Cathedral.

Tomb and wall paintings at Salamanca’s Cathedral.

Back inside the “new” cathedral, you’ll find this pipe organ.

Detail from inside Salamanca's Catedral Nueva.

Detail from inside Salamanca’s Catedral Nueva.

I found this bit of rope and tackle intriguing.

Equipment used to build the cathedral or hoist the bells? Maybe.

Equipment used to build the cathedral or hoist the bells? Maybe.

Of course, there is so much more to see during a visit to this sacred place. Take your time and plenty of photos. The cool air inside invites you to linger and ponder.

 

Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain (2014)

Restaurante Corrillo is located around the corner from many of the major attractions in the heart of old Salamanca. Here you can have a tasty lunch, a decent bottle of wine, and enjoy the local scene.

Restaurante Corillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain.

We went with choices from the menu of the day, starting with a shrimp cocktail:

Shrimp cocktail at Restaurante Corillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Shrimp cocktail at Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain.

And squid in ink that you see next:

Squid in ink at Restaurante Corillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Squid in ink at Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Our main course was chicken in an apple reduction that was quite tasty:

Chicken with apple glaze at Restaurante Corillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Chicken with apple glaze at Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Of course there was a bottle of wine to enjoy, another delicious albariƱo:

Wine at Restaurante Corillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Wine at Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain.

And don’t forget dessert!

Dessert at Restaurante Corillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Dessert at Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain.

We lingered here, taking a break from walking through the heat of the day. There’s plenty to see and do in Salamanca, including a spectacular basilica. More on that soon.

Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor

For years I read things about the Spanish city of Salamanca. Here was established one of the world’s first universities. It’s also an ecclesiastical city with it’s share of significant church buildings. The plaza mayor is famous in its own right, and for good reason. It is a sterling example of Spain’s architectural legacy. I finally got to see it and was mightily impressed. Take a look at the photo.

There are the requisite cafes, which I mostly avoid in pursuit of more exotic settings for a meal. More important are the throngs of people passing through for business or pleasure. Here the world collides politely. The people watching is fantastic. Take your time and see as much as you can.

Published in: on June 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Santa Basilica, Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca has more than its fair share of ecclesiastical buildings, including the Santa Basilica. While visiting there, I made this video. Near the middle you’ll see a chapel with a relic that is actually the arm of a saint.

Remember, this is just one of the massive structures open to the public in Salamanca. You can visit a few of them in one day, but certainly not all. I plan to return to Salamanca for a look at the ones I missed.

Published in: on July 7, 2010 at 11:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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