SALAMANCA IN THE MORNING - JANUARY 2006
Next morning, while Di was at school, I made a short stroll around town just before picking her and her Australian friends to a weekend in Lisbon!
"Located alongside the Villena Tower, this is the local where according to the legend the Devil had its courses! Supposedly, the Marques de Villena, who was the sacristan of San Cyprian Church during the 14th century, was involved here in occult sciences. The legend, helped by several writers including Cervantes and Quevedo travelled to Latin America where some peoples name salamancas the dens where demons and witches perform their practices. Amazingly, the anonymous Recueil des Histoires de Troyes, published in 1464, credits Heracles with the foundation of an academy for Magic and Witchcraft. Seven years, seven students. Hogwarts School at the Cueva de Salamanca!"
"NEW CATHEDRAL - In the mist, from the top of the tower at the Cueva"
"SAN ESTEBAN Convent as seen from the Tower at the Cueva. This is a Dominican convent built from 1524 through 1610. The portal, conceived as a retablo, is one of the most beautiful plateresque examples in Spain"
"PATIO CHICO is a beautiful place where the old cathedral joins the new, and the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles mix. From there we may see the famous Torre del Gallo"
"CASA LYS - The Casa Lis houses the collections of the Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Déco. The building, commissioned by Miguel de Lys at the beginning of the 20th century, is also the administrative headquarter of the Manuel Ramos Andrade Foundation, an antiques dealer from Salamanca, whose collection is shown in the museum"
"HOUSE and TOWER"
"LAS DUEÑAS - The Convent of los Duenas is known for its beautiful cloister and tranquil garden. The Dominican convent was founded in the early 15th Century by Juana Rodriguez Maldonado on the site of her own house. It was designed by Juan de Alava and Rodrigo Gil de Hontanon. The two storey Renaissance cloister has amazing carvings on the capitals of demons, skulls and writhing human shapes"