When walking towards the altar, you can see 53 painted tiles which represent the story of Jesus. These tiles were painted by an Italian named, Nicolas de Florencia. Afterwards, we visited the University of Salamanca, founded in 1218 and is known as the oldest university in Spain.
It is said that if students could find the frog in the Plateresco architecture outside then they would pass all their classes. In actuality, the frog represented sexual temptation and death. Originally, the University was an all male school and if they paid any mind to women they would fail classes and possibly die. The frog on the skull was to remind the boys each day they entered the building to focus on their classes and not on the women. To finish the tour, our guide took us to the Plaza Mayor de Salamanca. Similar to every other Plaza Mayor, the balconies above the coffee shops and and restaurants, were once used by spectators when watching bullfights. However, there was one part of the Plaza that stood out for me. There was a statue of an elephant upside down on it's trunk, sculpted by Spanish artist, Miguel Barceló. It is said that the elephant represents the equilibrium necessary for artistic creativity.