A little about the photo: B&W of Plaza Mayor. Salamanca, Spain. May, 2012. Canon EOS 450D. Exposure 1/400. Aperture f/10. Lens 18mm. ISO 200.
The sandstone construction - lending its golden color, which you will have to see in person - began in 1729 for Felipe V, and was inaugurated in 1756. Developed in Spanish Baroque style, it contains some 6,400 square meters of space, 88 arches and one side (of the irregular square) yields a height of 82.6 meters. Originally designed to adhere to high court events of the period, such as bullfighting, it is now a safe-haven for the City Hall, students, citizens, tourists and cafe owners reaping the rewards of seats with a view - people watching, coffee and sunbathing (in the months that allow). Declared in 1988 by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.
Stay tuned next week for a special post about where I recommend you eat in Salamanca, one of Castile & Leon's most interesting and delicious cities. Happy weekend to all!