Colorado College / Salamanca / sophomore year / Spain / Summer / Travel

Week 2, Day 11 in España – ¡Tour de las Catedrales!

So…

Today was interesting, history-wise! We had plans to watch the movie Volver at the start of class, so Clara was able to convince Rafa to open his internet cafe 15 minutes early. Because class started at 9:45am today, I had to leave my house at 9:15am by the latest. Losing 30 minutes of sleep actually made a huge difference – I was yawning practically the entire way to the cafe!

Because we had started class early, Clara let us out early – it was really nice because we had a required 300-level tour at 4pm. I had enough time to drop my stuff off at the cafe, head home for lunch, chill for 15 minutes, then head back to meet everyone else at the Colegio de España. Pilar made me a small bocadillo – a sandwich made of Spanish bread and a variety of fillings. Mine had two different kinds of meat, and two different kinds of cheese.

my open bocadillo!

my open bocadillo!

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Our tour guide for today was Teresa, an interesting woman who (in my opinion) had way too many cups of coffee. She used the word “chicis” to refer to us quite a few times, and Clara told me that they use that word instead of “chicos” or “chicas” where Teresa is from. Her voice would get higher-pitched when she was excited, which was quite a lot, so it made for a very energetic monologue.

Teresa gave us a tour of La Catedral Vieja and La Catedral Nueva. Fun fact – the two cathedrals are actually joined together, both in front of Anaya Square. The Old Cathedral was built between the 12th and 14th centuries in a combination of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Its Torre del Gallo (Cock Tower) is considered by many to be particularly beautiful. The New Cathedral was built between the 16th and 18th centuries in a combination of Gothic and Baroque styles, but  the Gothic style was used majority of the time.  

Las Catedrales

Las Catedrales

the entrance!

the entrance!

an actual mini-organ

an actual mini-organ

view from the front

view from the altar

Teresa gave us a tip for figuring out of the architecture was built in a Gothic or Romanesque style – Gothic arches were pointed, while the Romanesque style tended to be more curved and circular.

curved ceiling = Romanesque

curved ceiling = Romanesque

pointed archway = Gothic

pointed archway = Gothic

The 300s (of Salamanca, not Sparta)

The 300s (of Salamanca, not Sparta)

The entire tour took around two hours-ish, and we went inside rooms such as the room for Saint Barbara. Apparently, the reason why her statue does not have feet is because students would sit on her chair and rub their feet against hers while wishing for good luck when they would take her exams. I don’t know if it works, but we all did so anyways!

Capilla de Santa Barbara

Capilla de Santa Barbara

L-R: Teresa (the tour guide) and Clara (our professor)

L-R: Teresa (the tour guide) and Clara (our professor)

the room!

the room!

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

her statue!

her statue!

We also entered the rooms dedicated to people such as Santo Bartolomo, and a hidden room that was built centered around the Gothic era. The room had a small door visual high up on the wall, which was pretty cool.

Capilla de Anaya

Capilla de Anaya

a HUGE organ inside the room!

a HUGE organ inside the room!

the crypt dedicated to Santo Bartolomo

the crypt dedicated to Santo Bartolomo

the hidden door on the wall!

the hidden door on the wall!

After seeing the individual rooms and the rest of the Old Cathedral, Teresa showed us the inside of the New Cathedral, built to house more people.

a model of the cathedrals

a model of the cathedrals

the ceiling of the New Cathedral!

the ceiling of the New Cathedral!

the organs!

the organs!

the altar

the altar

one of the organs up close!

one of the organs up close!

nearly 6pm...time to head back to work!

nearly 6pm…time to head back to work!

At the end of the tour, I went back to the cafe to finish my homework, before having an early 9:30pm dinner at home and sleeping at an early 11:30pm.

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