Catedral Vieja - Old Cathedral, Salamanca

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    Old Cathedral

    by Oleg_D. Written May 19, 2015

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    Old Cathedral of Salamanca was built between 1140 and 1200. Sounds very strange but today you cannot see this cathedral from outside. New Cathedral built in XVI-XVIII centuries totally covered its predecessor. The only way to see the Old Cathedral from outside is to go up on the belfry. This belfry is known as Ieronimus.
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    Open: From March through December 10:00 – 20:00 hrs
    From January through February 10:00 -18:00
    Admission 3.75 Euros

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    Interior

    by Oleg_D. Written May 18, 2015

    Old Cathedral of Salamanca was built between 1140 and 1200. Chapel of Saint Martin of Tours was added in 1262. That’s why Old Cathedral was built in Romanesque style and although got some additions in XV - XVII centuries it mostly preserved its original appearance. Fortunately this cathedral hasn’t suffered any robberies during Peninsular War of 1808-1813 and Civil War of 1936 – 1939.
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    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
    General admission is 4.75 Euros

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    Column capitals. Part One

    by Oleg_D. Written May 18, 2015

    Old Cathedral of Salamanca can boast with many Romanesque sculptures and column capitals. To see all those masterpieces of Romanesque art you need to look up. And you will be rewarded, you well see angels, devils, animals and many other interesting things.
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    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
    General admission is 4.75 Euros

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    Column capitals. Part Two

    by Oleg_D. Written May 17, 2015

    Romanesque capitals of columns are traditionally decorated with statues and bas-relieves showing scenes of Biblical and Historical events. For me the most interesting capitals are those that show the combat scenes and mea-at arms of XII century. One of the most significant is the capital showing the combat between Roland and Ferragut the Moorish Paladin. Roland is equipped as typical Norman knight of XII century with kite shaped shield and Ferragut according to West European Art tradition shown with round shield. Some other capitals show the fighting scenes between the knights and mythical animals.
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    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
    General admission is 4.75 Euros

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    Chapel of Saint Martin

    by Oleg_D. Written May 17, 2015

    Chapel dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours is situated on the right hand side from the entrance to Old Cathedral. Entrance to chapel decorated with big fresco showing Saint Martin Sharing his cloak with a beggar. This is original fresco painted in XIII century. In the chapel you are going to find splendid polychrome tomb of a bishop and frescos of XIII century. At those frescos you can see Jesus in Glory during the Doomsday, paradise and hell, angels and many other interesting details.
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    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
    General admission is 4.75 Euros

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    Retable.

    by Oleg_D. Written May 16, 2015

    Retable of Old Cathedral consists of fifty three scenes from the life of Jesus Christ and the life of the Virgin. Huge fresco of the Last Judgment is in the vaulting of the apse, over the panels of retable was painted by Nicolas Florentino about 1445. In the center of the retable is a XII century statue of the Virgin de la Vega decorated with bronze and precious stones. For me, panels with the scenes of arrest of Jesus, Murder of innocents, Road to Calvary and Resurrection with sleepy guards are especially valuable because there are shown Castilian and Leonese men-at-arms of XV century.
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    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
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    Chapel of Gospels

    by Oleg_D. Written May 16, 2015

    Chapel of Gospels didn’t impress me deeply. It is small and has baptismal font of XIII century. This font is really old but not the most beautiful among those survived till nowadays. There is also retable of XV century with the panels showing the Christ Passions and scenes of Life and Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence.
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    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
    General admission is 4.75 Euros

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    Chapel of Epistles

    by Oleg_D. Written May 16, 2015

    In the Chapel of Epistles you are going to find polychrome tomb of a bishop, late Romanesque/early Gothic doorway with excellently carved capital. Side panel of bishop’s tomb shows the scene of lamentation his death. This is another cultural monument of Castile and Leon.
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    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
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    South Transept. Frescos

    by Oleg_D. Written May 15, 2015

    When New Cathedral was added to the Old one in XVI-XVIII century only southern wing of transept left and survived till nowadays. So, Old Cathedral has only half of transept but this is worth to see because it preserved its original XIII century appearance. You will be able to observe there original XIII century frescos and polychrome tombs. This is unforgettable.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
    General admission is 4.75 Euros

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    South Transept. Tombs

    by Oleg_D. Written May 15, 2015

    In southern wing of the transept you are going to see four laymen’s tombs built in XIII century. All these tombs are the unique source of information on fashion and styles of XIII century. Amazingly but colors haven’t faded away as usually in many medieval cathedrals and all those tombs are still polychrome and we can see the colors of the costumes shown on the effigies and bas-relieves. I think these tombs are real master pieces of early gothic.
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    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
    General admission is 4.75 Euros

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    Cloister.

    by Oleg_D. Written May 13, 2015

    mainly Romanesque the same time demonstrates some marks of early Gothic. Inside the cloister you are going to find many beautiful chapels and sepulchers, decorated capitals and statues. It is definitely worth to visit because this cloister as the brilliant example of Spanish ecclesiastic architecture.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
    General admission is 4.75 Euros

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    Cloister. Tombs

    by Oleg_D. Written May 13, 2015

    Cathedral of Salamanca. Don’t be in a hurry, take your time and explore them step by step. For patient explorer they will provide a lot of interesting information. My attention was especially caught by two tombs decorated with the statues of Saint Michael. Both statues show us San Miguel as the man-at-arms in excellent suit of full plate armor typical for the mid of second half of XV century.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
    General admission is 4.75 Euros

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    Cloister, decorated Romanesque capitals.

    by Oleg_D. Written May 12, 2015

    There are a lot of decorated Romanesque capitals in the cloister of Salamanca cathedral. They were made in second half of XII century. Since this tip is addressed to the fans of medieval military history I will emphasize a capital showing Leonese men-at-arms fighting mythic animals looking like lions. Both men-at-arms armed with swords. Their bodies protected with chainmail hauberks and hoses. Both men-at-arms have shields and helmets of so-called Norman type, both helmets equipped with the masks protecting upper part of the face. These images are excellent sources on Leonese men-at-arms of second half of XII century.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
    General admission is 4.75 Euros

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    Chapels of the Cloister. Part I

    by Oleg_D. Written May 11, 2015

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    In the biggest chapel of the cloister built in XVII century you will find the Cathedral Museum. Artifacts in that museum are mostly from XVII-XIX century. To my mind they cannot be the primary interest in the Cathedral built in XII century. Anyway if you came here just spend several minutes in this museum.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
    General admission is 4.75 Euros

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    Chapels of the Cloister. Part II

    by Oleg_D. Written May 11, 2015

    Some chapels in the cloister although were built in XII century in typical for that period Romanesque style were reconstructed or let me say honestly spoilt in XVI and XVII centuries. Although there was a lot of baroque rubbish put inside, you still can find original polychrome tombs with effigies of XIII century. These tombs are very valuable source of information on fashion of noble class and clergy of XIII century.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flash light and tripod.
    New and Old Cathedrals, cloister and museum are open:
    From April 1 through September 31 – from 10:00 to 20:00
    From October 1 through March 30 – from 10:00 to 18:00
    General admission is 4.75 Euros

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