Salamanca is an ancient university town situated in the west of Spain in the Autonomous Community of Castilla and León. It is known as "La Dorada", or "Golden City", because of the golden glow of its sandstone buildings.
It is one of the most important university cities in Spain. Salamanca University was founded in the XII century and the first in Europe to receive the designation "university".
The New Cathedral was constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries in two styles: late Gothic and Baroque. Building began in 1513 and the cathedral was consecrated in 1733. It was commissioned by Ferdinand V of Castile of Spain.
The Roman Bridge used to be the main entrance into Salamanca. The bridge crosses the Tormes River at one of its widest points and lies on a rocky subsoil. It is 176 m long and 3.70 m wide, with 26 round arches and robust pillars. It forms part of the roman Silver Road that linked Merida and Astorga.
Its Old City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
The 61st International Habaneras and Poliphony Choral Contest