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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Old City of Salamanca

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Salamanca is a city in western Spain. Old City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 for it's beautiful buildings and urban environment. The city was founded in the pre-Ancient Rome period by the Vacceos, a Celtic tribe, as one of a pair of forts to defend their territory near the Duero river. In the 3rd century BC, Hannibal laid siege to the city. With the fall of the Carthaginians to the Romans, the city of Helmantica, as it was known, began to take more importance as a commercial hub in the Roman Hispania due to its favorable location. Salamanca lay on a Roman road, known as the Vía de la Plata, which connected it with Emerita Augusta (present day Mérida) to the south and Asturica Augusta (present-day Astorga) to the north. Its Roman bridge dates from the first century, and was a part of this road. Read more

Old Cathedral of Salamanca, built in the 12th century.

New Cathedral of Salamanca, built in the 16th century.

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