Wednesday, July 03, 2013

The Salamanca Cathedral - SPAIN - UNESCO #381

Salamanca is a wonderful city near the spanish border with Portugal. The great reference is of course the university (where a lot of portuguese students get their diploma) and also the catholic monuments like the impressive cathedral this postcard shows. Joaninha, a good friend from the postcrossing forum sent me this card to help my UNESCO collection (to be fair, I must declare it was sent from Portugal, breaking my "country of origin" rule, but she was so thoughtful and since Salamanca is located only 120km of the border I'll consider it), Thank you Joaninha, now I have 73 sites, 908 to go. This postcard took 8 days to arrive!

UNESCO #381 - Salamanca (New and Old Cathedral) - SPAIN
 
This ancient university town north-west of Madrid was first conquered by the Carthaginians in the 3rd century B.C. It then became a Roman settlement before being ruled by the Moors until the 11th century. The university, one of the oldest in Europe, reached its high point during Salamanca's golden age. The city's historic centre has important Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance and Baroque monuments. The Plaza Mayor, with its galleries and arcades, is particularly impressive.



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