May 13 – No rain today! After our yogurt and strawberries breakfast, we set out for the old city to see the sights. It’s still cold, and we are wearing all our layers of clothes.
Salamanca has two cathedrals side by side – the Catedral Vieja (old) built in the twelfth century, and the Catedral Nueva built in the 1500 – 1700s (not really all that new). They are connected inside. Here is a funny story. The Cathedrals sustained a lot of earthquake damage, and were being repaired in the 1990s. A stone mason got permission to add some modern touches to the decorations surrounding the door.
…and the gargoyle eating an ice cream cone:
The astronaut has spawned all manner of internet fake news about ancient aliens visiting Spain in the Middle Ages – there is even an entry about it on Snopes.com.
In the Old Cathedral, there is a famous painting of Jesus separating the good from the wicked on Judgement Day (evidently the wicked don’t get to keep their clothes), atop a huge golden altarpiece showing 53 scenes of the life of Christ:
…and the Virgin of the Milk:
This is the Adoration of the Magi – I am amused by the expression on the baby Jesus face (Myrrh? Really?):
To be continued…