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La Rana de Salamanca

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Address: Plaza Patio de Escuelas Menores 1 | University Of Salamanca, 37008 Salamanca, Spain

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This is part of the University of Salamanca, built in the middle 1200s; "La Rana " means "The Frog" in English and it is shown in some of the sculptures. The frog had some kind of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 September 2015
G B Nino C
Vista, United States

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Antwerp, Belgium
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

So there is a story that students thought they passed their year if they found the frog or rana... This is just a small detail on the door. Both the University and Europes largest Cathedral are worth your visit. And I mean the whole building. The buildings, the stories of their evolution throughout history is fantastic Presenting the frog as... More 

Thank Tom V
Ibiza Town, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I couldn't find the frog that is hidden on the façade of the cathedral. A beautiful, historical,city with a double cathedral, Roman bridge and of course the first University in Spain. Lovely shops too so that's a bonus!

Thank hilarysatalaia
Porto District, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Difficult to spot at the Old Cathedral front. Just ask for the place. You will see a skull with it on top.

Thank picarrajose
Salamanca, España
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

This is an awesome place in Salamanca. It is not just the frog ("la rana"), but the whole square (Patio de Escuelas), specially the University façade. Lots of theories about the different meanings of every item in the façade and we still don't know the truth. Maybe there is not a "100% truth" but many different point of views. Regarding... More 

Thank Aleph_999
Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Such a small place, yet with so many (still used) classrooms with original layouts and furniture, showing just how it was to be a student in the 12th Century and the glorious days of the Spanish Golden Age. The oldest University in Spain and the second oldest in Europe it dates back to 1094. There is a fine old film... More 

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Vista, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

This is part of the University of Salamanca, built in the middle 1200s; "La Rana " means "The Frog" in English and it is shown in some of the sculptures. The frog had some kind of meaning for the students of the University, probably as a bringer of luck.

Thank G B Nino C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

Where is the famed frog of good luck? You will have a great time discovering it and then sitting around to watch others find it as well. It's great to finally see it and even better to find out what it really means.

El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

The frog of Salamanca is more than just a carved frog, it is history and tradition. Finding the frog will give you look according to the story, of course there are many different versions but all of them are very interesting. If you go to Salamanca you need to go and find it.

Thank Javier A
Salamanca, Spain
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44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2015

Well, people say, that in order to pass your exams/graduate at the Universidad de Salamanca, you need to find the frog on the old facade. I guess this is fun for the incoming students, cause we all need to pass our exams here. But if you're only a tourist, it's nothing interesting - better go see the astronaut on the... More 

Thank Jana H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2014

So they turn a frog into a major tourist attraction. Well it's an interesting feature of a superb exhibition of carving. Plateresque?

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