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UNESCO tour continues in Salamanca-Spain's best college town

Plaza Mayor considered the best public plaza in all of Spain

Plaza Mayor considered the best public plaza in all of Spain

What an entrance! The University of Salamanca has sandstone, entrance facade with images of mythical heroes, religious scenes and coats of arms.  It's dominated by busts of Ferdinand and Isabella.

What an entrance! The University of Salamanca has sandstone, entrance facade with images of mythical heroes, religious scenes and coats of arms. It's dominated by busts of Ferdinand and Isabella.

Roman bridge built on order of Emperor Augustus is roughly 2000 years old; now only pedestrian traffic

Roman bridge built on order of Emperor Augustus is roughly 2000 years old; now only pedestrian traffic

Exquisite 15th century altarpiece in Old Cathedral is one of the finest outside of Italy; very impressive

Exquisite 15th century altarpiece in Old Cathedral is one of the finest outside of Italy; very impressive

My favorite part of the New Cathedral was the dome; ornate style of Baroque used for New Cathedral named after its designer - Churrigueresque

My favorite part of the New Cathedral was the dome; ornate style of Baroque used for New Cathedral named after its designer - Churrigueresque

Casa de las Conchas is 500 yr old building covered with 300  shells which are the symbol of pilgrims performing the Way of St. James (walk to Santiago de Compostela); building now public library

Casa de las Conchas is 500 yr old building covered with 300+ shells which are the symbol of pilgrims performing the Way of St. James (walk to Santiago de Compostela); building now public library

Exceptional Puerta del Nacimiento carved in sandstone on New Cathedral

Exceptional Puerta del Nacimiento carved in sandstone on New Cathedral

Unique and colorful 16th century organ in the Old Cathedral is one of Europe's oldest

Unique and colorful 16th century organ in the Old Cathedral is one of Europe's oldest

University (founded 1218) buildings, Salamanca has the oldest university library in Europe

University (founded 1218) buildings, Salamanca has the oldest university library in Europe

Plaza Mayor beautifully lit at night; Spanish cities come alive then but it's well past my bedtime

Plaza Mayor beautifully lit at night; Spanish cities come alive then but it's well past my bedtime

Enormous New Cathedral built between 1513 and 1733; informative audioguide explained virtually everything in both cathedrals

Enormous New Cathedral built between 1513 and 1733; informative audioguide explained virtually everything in both cathedrals

Extraordinary, altar-like facade of Convent of San Esteban

Extraordinary, altar-like facade of Convent of San Esteban

Unique that old cathedral wasn't torn down; rather old and new cathedrals share a wall; since old one stayed designers made sure new one would blend aesthetically with the old one

Unique that old cathedral wasn't torn down; rather old and new cathedrals share a wall; since old one stayed designers made sure new one would blend aesthetically with the old one

The Old Cathedral was completed in the 14th century; city had to keep up with other Spanish cities and build an even bigger cathedral but thankfully kept the old one which I liked better

The Old Cathedral was completed in the 14th century; city had to keep up with other Spanish cities and build an even bigger cathedral but thankfully kept the old one which I liked better

Stunning Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco with many great pieces but no photos allowed

Stunning Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco with many great pieces but no photos allowed

City of 220,000 has the oldest university in Spain which gives it a creative and energetic vibe

City of 220,000 has the oldest university in Spain which gives it a creative and energetic vibe

The cathedrals suffered cracks and broken windows in the 1755 Lisbon earthquake requiring building reinforcements

The cathedrals suffered cracks and broken windows in the 1755 Lisbon earthquake requiring building reinforcements

All around Plaza Mayor were capitals of famous Spaniards, like Cervantes

All around Plaza Mayor were capitals of famous Spaniards, like Cervantes

Niches in Old Cathedral contained many elaborate tombs with painting on walls still in-tact

Niches in Old Cathedral contained many elaborate tombs with painting on walls still in-tact

Chapel in New Cathedral famous for small icon which El Cid supposedly carried with him into battles

Chapel in New Cathedral famous for small icon which El Cid supposedly carried with him into battles

View of Roman Bridge from New Cathedral bell tower; city lies on arid plain with wheat and hay fields for miles, about 50 miles from Portuguese border

View of Roman Bridge from New Cathedral bell tower; city lies on arid plain with wheat and hay fields for miles, about 50 miles from Portuguese border

Dr. Theriault would have understood much more than I did about each and every chapel in both cathedrals

Dr. Theriault would have understood much more than I did about each and every chapel in both cathedrals

Elaborate choir stalls in New Cathedral; sheer number of artisans required in construction staggering

Elaborate choir stalls in New Cathedral; sheer number of artisans required in construction staggering

Lots of whimsical murals around town, especially on garage doors

Lots of whimsical murals around town, especially on garage doors

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