“The History of Spain” : Salamanca, 12th September 2009
I’ve published only one photo of Spain before on this blog, which is because when I went there I only had the lowly Nikon D50, my first digital SLR camera, and, more importantly, I had no idea how to use it. So although I was totally lacking in technical skills back then, and never did any kind of post-processing, I still knew how to frame a good picture. But I’m slightly ashamed to post works that can only pale in comparison with my more recent efforts…
Still, this banner caught my eye in Salamanca’s wonderful cloistered church of San Esteban, part of a very frank exhibition coming to terms with some of the less than pleasant aspects of the Catholic faith during the Inquisition and the conquest of the New World.
Salamanca, incidentally, makes for a great visit but is probably way off most tourist’s itineraries, lying as it does right in the centre of the Iberian peninsular, landlocked, and not that far from Portugal. This genteel old-fashioned town is the Oxford and Cambridge of Spain, steeped in history and architectural splendour, but still lively due to the student population.
See a larger version of this photograph here.