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“Night time tour of cathedral was fabulous!”

Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja)
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Salamanca Walking Tour
Ranked #5 of 83 things to do in Salamanca
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

I went on a night tour with a very knowledgeable guide who made the dark scary cathedral come to life, especially because I had read Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

The hole town is amazing all the beautiful buildings and churches are well worth a visit. Will come here again.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

We have been in many cathedrals around the world, but this one, with both the old Romansque and Gothic style Cathedals in one tour is among the most interesting. It has particularly interesting history and sculptures, and the audio tour in English provided some but not too much information about the artists, saints and biblical features. At least enough for me, a visiting protestant, wants to hear. It has many hidden treasures, like the side chapel off of the old cathedral and the collection of ancient tapestries in an upper vault that has some that date back to 1200.

Every child I know would probably find it boring, but for those interested in history and religion it was interesting.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank EllisRP
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Reviewed March 13, 2018

Constant Companion and I visited Catedral Vieja along with a local guide.The 100 Euros spent for her 3 hour tour of the Old Cathedral, New Cathedral, University, House of Shells, and Plaza Major was money well spent. Here in the Old Cathedral we learned that when the Cathedral was constructed in the 15th century most people could not read so the Church insisted on educating the masses with religious lessons depicted at all eye level sites. Higher up though the workmen could install whatever they wanted since it would be so hard to see. These stone masons created scenes from everyday life which are very interesting. In 1755, Salamanca suffered a devastating earthquake which did considerable damage and many of the large cracks are still evident. When the Catedral Nueva was built it shared a wall with the Catedral Vieja. Another interesting story was told in one of the alcoves where PhD candidates would spend the night sitting in a chair with their feet touching the bottom of an entombed figure representing a wise professor, who's knowledge would supposedly flow to them. The term "in chapel" came to mean a person making a critical decision. Most enjoyable tour indeed!!

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed March 8, 2018

The Salamanca Builders were Smart enough to build the NEW Cathedral BESIDE the Old one, rather than on top! Leaving this Gem for posterity. LOTS of interesting features, take your time, enjoy.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Brian M
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