This photograph of the University, was taken from near the river.. When we walks down to the river, we realise how undulating the landscape actually is.
The University of Salamanca is the oldest university in Spain; founded in 1218 by King Alfonso IX, it was acknowledged in 1254 by Pope Alexander IV as being one of the four great Universities in the world, along with the universities of Oxford, Paris and Bologna. It has had many distinguished professors throughout its history, including Luis de León, Beatriz de Galindo, Melchor Cano, Francisco de Vitoria and Miguel de Unamuno and many well known citizens have walked along the University’s corridors, like Miguel de Cervantes, Hernando Cortes and Christopher Columbus.
During the medieval and modern periods, the University was financed through royal and papal concessions. With this income (and other complementary income) five official faculties could be financed; Canon Law, Law, Theology, Medicine and Arts-Philosophy as well as complementary teaching in Humanities, Languages, Mathematics and Music. After the Law of Public Instruction in 1857 (Moyano Law), the faculties of the University were reduced to Law, Philosophy and Arts, and Theology, which was finally eliminated in 1868. The local government and Town Council of Salamanca financed, as independent faculties, Medicine and Sciences in the years 1869 – 1904, the year in which state financing was obtained under the Rectorship of Miguel de Unamuno.
Today the University has Colleges of Law, Liberal Arts, Science and Medicine and of course Spanish Language Courses. It has a student population of more than 30.000 students per year who participate in the more than 250 different programme offered.
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Silvio1953 (109385) 2012-11-03 6:18
Ciao Arunava, splendid light on fantastic building, wonderful warm colors and excellent perspective, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
emka (67365) 2012-11-06 13:23
Hi Arunava, You found an excellent POV here, showing these two long buildings and the dome and towers. Good composition and sharpness, nice sky too. Maybe too yellow, so I tried to make a Workshop. I think that with a grey sky it looks more natural. It is a photo of the University, but Salamanca has two universities. The one it is shown here is the Pontifical University of Salamanca (in Spanish: Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca) it is a private, catholic university.
Resulting from the resolution of the Spanish government dissolving of the faculties of Theology and Canon Law at the University of Salamanca in 1854, Pope Pius XII decided to establish a new pontifical university and restore those faculties in the new institution. Additional faculties and schools were added over the years.
The university you write about lies nearer the cathedral.
Kind regrads Malgo
jmdias (49701) 2012-11-14 5:35
I visited this town and this university but I hadn't seen this building from this angle. interesting details.
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (2255)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-06-07
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Olympus E-500
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-03 0:38