The University of Salamanca was founded in 1218 by Alfonso IX, making it the oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. With a plateresque style, the façade of the university is characterized by its meticulous and abundant decoration. As a popular superstition, according to tradition, it is said that if students can find the sculpture of a toad on top of a skull, it predicts success in their exams.
At this same university, prominent members of the country studied, such as the author of Don Quijote de La Mancha, Miguel de Cervantes, the Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés and the writer Miguel de Unamuno.
Nowadays, there are more than 30,000 students at this university, continuing the legacy of one of Europe's greatest universities.
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