Saturday, June 28, 2008

Salamanca - Part 2

After leaving the Cathedral we saw the rest of the sights Salamanca has to offer. Here's a picture of Alex, Manuel, and Andrew walking away from the Cathedral.

The next stop we chanced upon quite accidentally. The small museum of the "General Archive of the Spanish Civil War". Here's myself, Andrew, and Manuel being good Carlists and giving the Falangist salute in front of the building.

Although most of the artifacts were from a Communist perspective, and photographs were forbidden, I did manage to get a few pictures. This is a plaque of the Sacred Heart which belonged to a Nationalist soldier.

Here's an armband with the Falangist symbol.

A metal sign from an olive oil factory. Notice the flags of the various nations whose olives were processed. There's Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

A little bit of Italy. This is the Roman bridge built when they inhabited the Iberian Peninsula.

A shot of us on the Roman bridge with Salamanca in the background.

A Roman statue of a bull that has not withstood the test of time very well.

Couldn't resist a few more pictures of the Cathedrals as we made our way back into town.

! Caught this relief of St. Anthony high up on the right hand side. I wonder how much stuff I missed - it's simply impossible to look and understand everything that's there (like looking at an apse mosaic back in Rome).

This is the Casa de las Conchas, the house of shells. Built in 1517, it was the mansion of a count, who was the head of the Order of Santiago, a military order which had as its emblem the shell of St. James. He had the outside of his residence decorated with these carved shells, as tribute to the Order.

His coat of arms above the door. The building is now the public library of Salamanca.

We stopped for a break and a drink of water on the steps.

Our next stop was the church of the Immaculate Conception. Here's the facade.

And here's the interior.

This is the polychrome marble pulpit. If you look, you'll notice the top is the shell of the Order of Santiago.

This was an interesting painting depicting a subject which I've never seen represented before. Anyone care to guess (in the comments section) as to what it is? I hope it's clear enough. One hint, the kneeling woman's cloak is actually a dark blue. You can see her interior tunic is red.

The panel behind the altar was dominated by this painting of the Assumption.

After leaving the church we caught our bus back home.

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