Friday, November 2, 2007

Salamanca, Daytime

Okay, time for a photo tour of Salamanca!

First of all, here's the view from the balcony of the apartment where I live. Since it's on the top floor, it has a terraza overlooking the city. From here, it's about a 10-minute walk to the Plaza Mayor, which is the heart of the city, and a 15-minute walk to school.



The walk to school is a pretty nice way to wake up in the morning. This is the main street that we take, with the Universidad Pontificia at the end.




We also pass the Convento de las Ursulas (which rents out some of its building to a popular nightclub called Camelot):



And the Iglesia de la Purisma:




But the most stunning sight in Salamanca is the cathedral. You see it over and over again as you walk around the city. From a garden near the cathedral:



From the Puente Romano:



And from the University of Salamanca:



The cathedral and the university both have amazingly facades, and each one has something hidden in its facade: on the university, it's a frog, and on the cathedral, it's an astronaut. (The frog has been around for a long time, I think, but the astronaut is obviously a recent addition.) Here's part of the cathedral's facade:



And the plaza in front of the university, with its facade:



Another building which shows up time and time again in Salamanca is the Convento de San Esteban:




Salamanca also has tons of fountains and statues sprinkled around the city. Unfortunately they're not usually labeled, so I don't know what they are. The last statue is supposed to be a bull, but I think that someone cut its head off in the past year or so...






And finally, the Plaza Mayor during the day, without the giant pumpkin in the middle:



4 Comments:

Anonymous elise said...

yay for posting pictures!!!

November 3, 2007 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger james said...

Your pictures are great, and looks like you're having lots of fun!

<3

November 16, 2007 at 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Belén Garcia Villoria said...

Really nice pics! the last statue it's called "Verraco" those sculptures are located all over Spain, most of them in Castilla y León & in Extremadura.
Salamanca's one it's really famous because it appeared in the "Lazarillo de Tormes" novel, and it's from the s. IV-I b.C.

You are really lucky for being able to travel for 6 months! Hope u enjoyed ur experience!

xoxo from Salamanca!!

October 4, 2010 at 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Rachele said...

This is great!

September 5, 2013 at 2:10 AM  

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