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Spain
Salamanca
Salamanca (prov.)

Castilla y León

Plaza Mayor

Personas de la historia española

Persons from the Spanish history


1733

Salamanca /  Personas de la historia española   Salamanca /  Personas de la historia española

Description

medallion with portrait.

Inscription(s)

don xp
toval co
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Annotation

The Plaza Mayor in Salamanca is designed by Alberto de Churriguera and Andrés Garcia de Quiñones and built 1728-1755. The northern side with the City Hall has 21 arches, the south 20 arches; the east has 22 arches while the west has 25 arches. The spandrels of the arches are decorated with medallions illustrating famous men (and even women--St Teresa!) and distinguished figures in Spain's history--like kings from Alfonso IX to Carlos III, discoverers and conquerors, and Spanish intellectuals. These reliefs were executed by the sculptor Manuel de Larra Churriguera.

The discoverers are on the western part of the south façade of the Plaza Mayor. Columbus is the fourth from the gate leading to the Plaza de Poeta Iglesias.

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Location (N 40°57'52" - W 5°39'51")

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