Salamanca – La Dorada

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My first Spanish postcard came from Jesus (via Postcrossing).

Salamanca is a city in northwestern Spain, the capital of the Province of Salamanca in the community of Castile and León. The city lies by the Tormes river on a plateau and is considered to be one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe. The buildings are constructed of sandstone mined from the nearby Villamayor quarry, and, as the sun begins to set, they glow gold, orange and pink. It is this radiant quality of the stones that has given Salamanca the nickname La Dorada, the golden city.

In 1218, Alfonso X of León (Alfonso The Wise) founded the University – one of the first in the world. In 1254, Pope Alexander IV called it “one of the four leading lights of the world”.

In 2002 Salamanca was the European Capital of Culture.

Its Old City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988

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