In March, I had the opportunity of visiting the little town of Salamanca. I was in Spain on business and hopped on a 1h35 minute train from Madrid to be transported to a picturesque little town. After finishing up the business end of things early enough, we spent the rest of our day sightseeing. I was very excited as I had never heard of Salamanca before.
Located in Northwestern Spain, Salamanca is the capital city of the Salamanca province. It’s famous for its sandstone architecture and the University of Salamanca, one of the oldest universities in the world, built in 1218. We visited the old town. It was stunning. Everywhere I turned I wanted to take a photo to capture the architecture. One of my favourite things about Europe is how well things are preserved and maintained through the years. A lot of the architecture we saw there dates from the 12th century and it still looks absolutely beautiful.
As someone who grew up in Canada, I appreciate old things. In Canada, it felt as if every old building had to be torn down to make way for tiny condo apartment blocks. That’s why I love living in London and will always opt to live in a period property because of its rich history.
Walking through the old town of Salamanca, I couldn’t help but gasp at every sight, especially when we made it to the famous Catedral Vieja, known as the Old Cathedral of Salamanca. Whoever was in charge of the build was certainly a visionary. Every carving, every detail, was made by hand. It’s not often to see this kind of detailing in 21st-century buildings.
I was only there for half a day but would love to return soon, this time with my husband. Enjoy the postcards :).