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Aug. 18, 2020: Salamanca's Two Cathedrals


Salamanca, Spain, is a city a fascinating history, unusual architecture and knowledgeable local guides. I visited the city with Viking River Cruises.


I was especially impressed with the New Cathedral and the Old Cathedral.


It’s easy to find the New Cathedral towering over the old city. Although construction began in the 16th century, it wasn't finished until 1733. The main entrance is a display of composition and ornamentation.


It was built when the Old Cathedral became too small for the congregation.


Its interior is made up of many chapels, chambers and naves. As priceless as its artifacts are and as impressive as its architecture is, I prefer the Old Cathedral located next door. Entrance is through a passageway between the cathedrals.


The Old Cathedral, dedicated to Santa María de la Sede, is of transitional Romanesque style. Construction began in the first half of the 12th century. 

185186187188The walls are covered with paintings dating back centuries and depicting Biblical events. There is also an extensive museum housing treasure from the Old Cathedral.


Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site city. The cathedrals are only the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more to see in this pedestrian-friendly city.


This day in the main chapel, dating from the 1440s, a wedding was taking place. I sat for a while enjoying being part of this special event.



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