After Caceres I’d planned to visit the Monastery of Guadaloupe, but the bus times were very inconvenient, so I decided to pay it a day trip later in my journey, travelling from Madrid instead from where the bus times make some sense. So instead I caught a bus north to Salamanca, the three hour journey taking us through a high rocky scrubby landscape.
Salamanca has an ancient university (established by 1250) and has a history stretching back to before the arrival of the romans. It therefore has romanesque, gothic, moorish, renaissance and baroque architecture to offer including an interesting cathedral, that is a gothic building essentially reversed into an earlier romanesque one. Of course, the gothic bit has later additions, including this baroque encrustation in the lantern over the transept crossing:
The central square, the Plaza Major is one continuous facade over an arcade and is pretty impressive, although this photo doesn’t really do it justice.
I visited a variety of other places, including a cafe for my first chocolate and churros (my arteries are still recovering) whilst escaping from a short rain storm, but have decided that the entrance to the old university will be my Lego model for this site:
And now in Lego: