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Blanes, Catalunya -Spain

architectural detail from Park Guell, Barcelona

"The cathedral in the Spanish city of Salamanca was constructed in 1102, and is therefore one of the oldest such constructions in the world. It features magnificent stone carvings on all its walls, but one of them is a bit more special than the others. It bears the depiction of what appears to be a fully dressed astronaut in a space suit, complete with details such as the sole of his shoes. Nobody knows how he got there, or what a 20th century astronaut is doing on the walls of a 12th c. church.

  • Lindsey Mikash

    I had to look this up. Here's what I found: "The New Cathedral was undergoing restoration work [in 1992], and one of the artisans engaged in the project chose to engage in a bit of tradition by 'signing' his work with a contemporary symbol representative of the 20th century: an astronaut."

  • Caitlin Sartin

    ha. not my comment, i just didn't delete it. i figured it was part of a restoration effort. but seeing modern things like that on old buildings is very amusing, like the facade of modern martyrs with Martin Luther King, Jr.

sounds like a good idea for the week i'll be in Barcelona!

Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava, Spain

Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya

Main façade of the Barcelona Maritime Museum

Santa Maria del Mar - Barcelona, Spain

Museu d'Història de Catalunya

Parc de la Ciutadella i Barcelona.

La Sagrada Familia. yes, i've been to Barca twice and STILL haven't been here.

Temple del Sagrado Corazón