Salamanca Cathedral refers to two cathedrals combined into one. One is called the Old Cathedral and other as the New Cathedral. The former was built in 12-13th century and the latter was in 16th century. So, the earlier Cathedral is really ancient (Middle Ages) and the new one isn’t really that new. 😀
Salamanca is a university town, famous for the world’s 4th oldest university, the University of Salamanca. And if you walk around, you’ll notice that many of the structures here are really ancient and they all stood the test of time.
From Madrid to Salamanca
You can take a train from Madrid to Salamanca in the morning (8:55) and be back at 6:20 in the evening. Round trip would cost you around 30 euros. You can buy your train ticket here. And also, some tourists visit Salamanca with a combined trip to Avila, where you can find Spain’s most impressive city wall. The two historical cities are just an hour away from each other by car / tour bus. You can find these trips at TripAdvisor.
This is what remains of the Old Cathedral in Salamanca. It was built in a Romanesque Style. While there’s only a little bit of what remains, the Diocese is doing a great job on its restoration. As you can see in the photo below, it stays to its original structure.
And this is a fresco that was salvaged from the Old Cathedral.
Inside the New Cathedral of Salamanca
This is the facade of the New Cathedral. It’s a combination of Gothic and Baroque styles.
And let’s start with this huge, incredible door that made feel so small.
Boy, it’s not just massive – but look at its delicate ornate carvings! They’re beautiful!
They’re so impressive that it left me speechless the whole time I was there.
It gave me goosebumps by just looking at it from top to bottom, side to side.
Inside, you’ll be more amazed at its lavish ornaments that beautify all over the cathedral.
From its columns to the domes, everything perfectly looks incredible!
Look at the rest of the photos and feel like you’re inside one of Europe’s oldest cathedrals.