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« on: September 28, 2008, 14:56 PM »
I have today received an email containing pictures of the cathedral in Salamanca. It says that it was built in 1102 but there is a small detail carved into the cathedral, see photo.

Can anyone tell me if this is true that a 20th century astronaut was carved by a 12th century stonemason or just is it a computer hoax??

Thanks Maria

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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2008, 17:16 PM »
Hi Maria
Quote from the Internet
The astronaut, the brainchild of the new stonemasons responsible for restoring the jambs whose stone had deteriorated.”
“Part of the stonework the cathedral was restored in 1993, when the stonemasons made the additions shown below, They weren’t noticed immediately and caused quite stir when they were discovered, but are now well-known and loved features.”
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2008, 18:40 PM »
Hi Dave

Many thanks for the info, I didnt think it would be possible for a 12th century stonemason to carve a 20th century astronaut, that would be just toooo spooky.
I have to agree I think they look great.

Maria

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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2008, 00:26 AM »
Love it!
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2008, 08:30 AM »
It's brilliant - following in the tradition of independent craftsmen of the Middle Ages!

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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2008, 15:08 PM »
Nick
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2008, 19:52 PM »
Lovely post Maria - they've even made a pasable show of the astonut being weightless  :dancing:

All we need now is to find a deep sea diving mouse carved into the choir stalls inside  :technodevil:

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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2008, 01:37 AM »
Greetings María and All,
Thanx for that! Certainly wasn't there last time I visited Salamanca. The following little chap was at the University, though - pity the image isn't all that clear - no idea where my own pics are:
http://www.absolutsalamanca.com/la-rana-de-salamanca/

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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2010, 15:07 PM »
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2010, 16:03 PM »
Seems 'armless enough to me

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« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2010, 19:16 PM »
 :)

Answer by yourself María. What do you think about?.

MMMmmmmm... nice picture... old topics.

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« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2010, 00:13 AM »
Greetings All,
Just popped in to wish y'all Happy End of Summer and a Happy New Autumn, but couldn't resist this one.
According to El Viajero/El País "Jugar al escondite en Salamanca", " se puede jugar al escondite con el relieve de la famosa rana. Serán los estudiantes, sobre todo, quienes más se esfuercen en esta labor, ya que cuenta la leyenda que si descubre dónde está aprobará todos los exámenes. El juego de buscar relieves puede continuar en la Catedral nueva, aquí se esconden un astronauta y un dragón que se come un helado."
 
There's also un toro bravo (which can be clearly seen close to the astronaut) and apparently "un cocker spaniel y un cangrejo de rio, una cigueña y una liebre." Pics. anyone?

Hunting-season-starts-in-most-of-the-country-on-the-morrow regs.,
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« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2010, 00:17 AM »
PS. Don't forget that the rana is on the university building, while the others are on the "new" cathedral.
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« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2010, 00:55 AM »
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