Astronaut at Salamanca Cathedral

The city of Salamanca has a cathedral that is famous. In fact they are two cathedrals, the New and the Old one. The Old Cathedral was built between the 12th and 14th centuries, and the new cathedral was built between the 16th and 18th centuries.

In this last one, in addition to the architectural wonders that it presents, on the north door can be clearly seen an astonishing image: nothing less than that of an astronaut in his typical space suit and helmet.

How is it possible that this figure was embodied there, in a cathedral that has more than 300 years of existence and when space travel did not exist in the most fertile of the imagination of those times? Were the 1700 decorators so creative?

Obviously the image of the astronaut is a huge question mark for anyone who comes to see the details of the cathedral of Salamanca and does not know the reality. But as we have said many times, it is better to investigate a little before believing what we see through our eyes.

The story goes like this: The Puerta de Ramos, was extremely deteriorated in 1992, its restoration was decided. Continuing with an old tradition that indicates that some new contemporary element must be incorporated in each arrangement of the cathedral, the decorator carved in stone this astronaut as sample of the times that run.

In the eyes of the unprepared visitors, the element totally anachronistic, began to circulate from mouth to mouth as an unresolved mystery and for a long time, the history was enlarged and as almost always happens, it was affirmed as absolute truth that was a time traveler.


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