Saturday, November 03, 2007



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"



"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"


Anonymous said...

Thousands of beautiful details in those buildings, it`s fine to see all them even virtually.
Perhaps it was that story of witch school, what made the name Salamanca so familiar to me :))
We had a best narrator as the history teacher, all his lessons were like fairy stories about history - not very nice sometimes ( all those Greek mythology for instance ), but we were waiting those lessons.
Where are you taking us next?

Have a nice weekend!

• Eliane • said...

Gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous city! Loved to read about the history and tour in the town.
Have a wonderful weekend!
And thank you for your nice comments. :)

Peter said...

Lucky you to live so relatively close to the fabolous Salamanca! I guess you have already returned or will? The only thing that I possibly missed here were the storks. I remember storks all over, on the top of most buildings. Maybe a question of season.

Nikon said...

Fabulous detail in the architecture, and I l love the colors of the building stone.
The mist just makes it a bit more magical.

Annie said...

You introduce me to so many wonderful sights and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

travelphilippines said...

i told you i hate visiting here hehe. im so envy again what a beautiful sight and those building are so magnificent.

Lynette said...

Your photos are always so interesting and clear. I especially like the mist in so many of them. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

indicaspecies said...

Interesting post, including the part about occult practices, and the 15th century cloister with its tranquil gardens, and strange carvings!

Anonymous said...

Exceptional photography.


leo said...

i love buildings esp old ones, that's why i enjoy your photos very much. the mist add to the magical look. thanks for dropping by.

Anonymous said...

Love your photos, as usual! Tell me again what it is you do that allows you to travel to all these beautiful places. Then maybe I can switch and start visiting all those fascinating countries like you do :D

Norwich Daily Photo

Dick said...

Interesting place and story, beautiful pictures.

Chica, Cienna, and Cali said...

awesome place.....u saved the best for the last, didn't ya?? :)

lv2scpbk said...

That place looks like it has some wonderful buildings with alot of detail.

Mónica said...

Amazing photos!!!
Greeting from uruguay.

S-V-H said...

Thank you Gil, to show us such a wonderful part of the world. I like to travel "with" you. I enjoyed reading this post.

Janet said...

Wonderful architecture!

Ash said...

Stunning architecture....

Ming the Merciless said...

Amazing architecture in the first couple of photos.

The Convent of los Duenas resembles the Cloisters in Washington Heights (Northwestern tip of Manhattan). It was an old monastary that now belongs to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hope you have a better week ahead.

Lakshmi said...

legends and stories make places more exciting than ever...i get so carried away by myths .great pics and awesome architecture

lyliane six said...

Monuments magnifiques, dentelles de pierres, comme j'ai envie de les voir,mais avec ces belles photos et bonnes explications, je voyage quand même.

Anonymous said...

The mist is wonderful around those glorious buildings. I must get to Spain.

Daniel Chérouvrier said...

Blog très intéressant.
Je reviendrai souvent.

Nihal said...

Hi again, hope this finds you in the best of health:) Do not worry for not being able to visit my journal as much as you'd wish. Sure, sometimes it becomes hectic in our lives.

Well, let me comment here for a few things on which you stated:

1) Greek-Spanish friendship? Talking about my posting titled ''Stay''? I'd like to correct your mispelling. It should be ''Greek-Turkish friendship''. My friend is -by nationality- greek. Me, I'm NOT a Spanish, but a Turkish citizen:) So, we are a good example of greek-turkish friendship *cheers*

2) You said ''it seems that in Europe, according to statistics, more distrustful than the Portuguese, only the Turkish''. Is it? Which statistics, could you let me know where you get this data? You know data is absolute as long as it is correctly reflected. That's why statistics essential.

The French are among the most gloomy, distrustful and
pessimistic people in Europe, according to an official study. The French also had less confidence in their police, their courts, their unions and their MPs!

As said they are distrustful of others because of dishonesty and of human nature being what it is. I advice you to click on the survey to learn more:

As a trustful and positive towards people in the neighbourhood, that's why Turkish hospitality is world famous! Not my reporting but all the world already know this fact:)

It is another point to declare that Turkish community of citizens, friendly and confident, trustworthy and trustful, positive and happy oulook on life! You did not experience this during your travels in Turkey?

Gossip and rumors lead people to think wrong things. Plus, there is no trustful political party that politicians always distrustful the public.

In sum, it seems interesting that neither Portugese not Turkish, but French people see nothing in the glass at all; being distrustful in the Europe, as the survey shows:))) I hope this helps you to update your misinformation quickly:)

Oh we had a great saturday nite with Enrique, dancing and singing songs with him...unforgettable for us. For more, I invite you reading my post w/photos taken in the concert.

Anonymous said...

Glad to read you had a great concert!
Just a short answer to your comment on mine:
1) Greek-Spanish was an obvious misunderstanding. Sorry! Madrid, Enrique, all was pointing to Spain, but Greek-Turkish friendship is much more interesting. Something like Portuguese-Spanish... ;)
2)Statistics: Source TV! Don’t know if they should be trusted... ;))
It seems the conclusion came out of a study made by the OECD and the World Value Surveys ( and is related with the answer to the question: "Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you need to be very careful in dealing with people?" Apparently, France comes on 24th place, Portugal 25th and Turkey 26th…
Now, sorry, back to work... ;((

Aditi said...

the entire salamanca series was quite wonderful... i was extremely busy for the last week and fell behind... thanks for stopping by and asking =)

isa said...

What gorgeous facade of the Museo Art Nouveau y Art Deco! Great stained glass/fresco details.

Interesting - are you saying there is no architecture in the Renaissance style in Salamanca?

Cergie said...

"San Esteban", j'adore !
Mon fils avait un ami dont la maman est esppagnole et le père français et dans une langue il s'appelait "Esteban" et en français "Etienne"... comme mon fils ! C'était les deux meilleurs joueurs du club de tennis, je ne sais si le prénom voulait ça.
J'adore que le prénom soit dit dans la langue que l'on utilise. Esteban, c'est aussi Stephen

Je vois que tu as mis des photos de toi en tenue et ds un cocpit (comment ça s'écrit ?)
Et la barre des vitesses. Je me suis demandé pourquoi cet oiseau qui ressemblait fort à concorde sur ton profil alors que concorde c'était français et britannique. Tu m'expliqueras. Concorde, je le guettais tous les jours vers 11H1/4, il passait au dessus de chez moi. Ce vrombissement ! Je guettais cette flèche ds le ciel qui passait ça ou là suivant le vent. Et puis la catastrophe... Nous étions en Ariège à ce moment là.
J'avoue que concorde me manque. J'ai mis des photos au début de mon blog, de celui qui est à Roissy. Tu sais que Roissy est dans mon département, le 95 ? Alors ma ville, Cergy Pontoise, est indiquée depuis Roissy.

J'aime beaucoup, pour en revenir à ton message, les photos de la cathédrale dans la brume.

Dawning One said...

I enjoy your photos from your earth wanderings. be safe

Anonymous said...

Hi everybody! Sorry for being always a bit late in replying, but it’s getting so hard to find some time to get around in blogosphere…

I can understand how amazing must have been those History classes with Greek mythology around. I remember that one of the first books I bought a long, long time ago… from the French collection Que Sais-Je? was La Mythologie Grecque!!! But demons and witches from St. Cyprian only in Salamanca…


Actually, though it’s only a bit less than 500 km from Lisbon, I’ve not been there since January 2006. No storks! It seems they migrate to Africa in winter!

OK, next time I manage to drop by your blog, I’ll see who is envious… ;)

The mist was a great contribution to the pictures in Dusseldorf and Salamanca…

Thanks. It’s amazing that legend of the Cuevas!


It used to be International Law! Now is more sedentary law… ;))

Las Dueñas is an absolute must see in Salamanca!

You’re quite right!

Thanks for your visit and comment (first of a lot, I hope) on Blogtrotter.

My pleasure!

Rambling round,
Architecture makes Salamanca a great destination; but University people make it a great liveable town.

You’re right about the similarities with the Cloisters, one of my favourite spots in Northern Manhattan. I’ve one post with pictures from the Cloisters at and from there you may link to the amazing 1979 pictures, where you left a comment some months ago… ;))

Myths only… or also demons and witches?

Ce n’est pas très loin quand même; départ le matin de Normandie, dormir à Salamanque…

Spain… and Portugal!


Already replied…

Thanks for your comment. I’ll try to get back to your blog asap…

Casa Lys is stunning!
About Renaissance what I was saying was that in Spain the Renaissance motifs were blended with Gothic and Mudéjar elements, creating the Plateresque (from “plata"), style, some kind of Spanish variation of Renaissance style. Plateresque was much richer in ornamentation than the original Italian Renaissance style.

Esteban, Etienne, Stephen, Stefano (italien), Estevão (portugais)…
En fait, ma photo a été prise dans la cabine du Concorde et c’est là aussi qu’on trouve l’information de vitesse et altitude. J’ai voyagé plusieurs fois avec le Concorde et j’ai mis les photos dans le blog parce que le Concorde me manque aussi à moi…
Cergy-Pontoise, maintenant je me rappelle où est-ce que j’avais vu l’indication!

Dawning One,

Nihal said...

I see you are still insist not believing but it's approved by a survey based in UK. It keeps saying us that '' The French are among the most gloomy, distrustful and pessimistic people in Europe. The French also had less confidence in their police, their courts, their unions and their MPs!''

Believe or not, but it is very correct that Turkish people are the most trustful and honest, plus warm-hearted, kind people with their endless world-wide famous hospitality:) I state this ''honestly'' putting aside my Turkish citizen.

And do not believe what Tv or other media channels saying, as they serve mostly to the politics arena.


Anonymous said...

Ok, I believe! Trustful for sure: to believe in what Brits say about French... ;)))

Sigma said...

School of Witchcraft! Wow!!

The place has such a charm ... it makes one feel transported to another era ....

Anonymous said...

I suspected you would be curious about it... ;))

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Anonymous said...

Hi Rebecca,
I've already been there. Thanks!