Old Cathedral, Salamanca Catedral Vieja
Old Cathedral View slideshowImmediately adjoining the south side of the New Cathedral is the Romanesque Old Cathedral of Santa María de la Sede, which is entered from the south aisle of the New Cathedral. It is difficult to get a general view of both cathedrals; the best view of the exterior of the Old Cathedral, however, is from the Patio Chico, which is reached from a doorway in the south aisle of the New Cathedral. The Old Cathedral, one of the most splendid buildings of its period in Spain, was begun about 1100 and was probably completed before 1200. From the Patio Chico there is a view of the chancel, with a magnificent tower-like dome over the crossing, known as the Torre del Gallo from the figure of a cock which surmounts it.
Old Cathedral Highlights
Old Cathedral - Interior
Old Cathedral - Cloister
The 12th century Cloister was badly damaged in the 1755 earthquake and rebuilt from 1785 onwards, so that little Romanesque work is left. Among Romanesque features that survive are the Mudéjar-style Capilla de Talavera, with sculpture by Alonso Berruguete and the tomb of the founder (owner of the Casa de las Conchas), and the 14th century Capilla de Santa Bárbara, in which candidates for the doctorate spent the night before their final examination and appeared before their examiners.
The Diocesan Museum
The Diocesan Museum, in the former chapterhouse, which contains fine works by Fernando Gallego ("Virgin with the Rose" triptych, "Coronation of the Virgin"), a triptych by Juan de Flandes, a 13th century ivory figure of the Virgin and a Renaissance organ from the University.
Around the Old Cathedral
Church of Santiago
Near the Roman bridge is the plain Romanesque church of Santiago, a modern reproduction (1980) of the original church.
Convento de San Esteban
Convento de San Esteban - Cloister
Adjoining the church is the two-story Cloister, with very fine medallions, figural ornament and a staircase by Gil de Hontañón.
Convento de las Dueñas
Address: Plaza del Concilo de Trento, Spain
Convento de las Dueñas - Cloister
Visitors can see the beautiful two-story Renaissance cloister, with capitals depicting fabulous beasts and human figures, possibly based on Dante's "Divine Comedy".
Palacio de la Salina
Torre del Clavero
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