Brief Outline: The Viral message claims that the there is a sculpture of an Astronaut Salamanca, Spain cathedral built in 1102

Ayupp Verification: Fake

Origin: Viral on Web and social media

Viral Example: Subject: Spaceman Salamanca, Spain cathedral


The Cathedral was built in 1102

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Detailed Analysis:   It is true that The Cathedral of Salamanca has a number of unusual carvings but none so surprising as a modern astronaut and this has lead to a lot of hoax messges being floated over the social media in one form or the another.

There is two Cathedral the new and the old

The Old Cathedral is one of two cathedrals in Salamanca, Spain, the other being the New Cathedral of Salamanca. The two cathedrals are joined together. It was founded by Bishop Jerome of Périgord, in the 12th century and completed in Romanesque/Gothic style in the 14th century. It is dedicated to Santa Maria de la Sede.

The New Cathedral  is, together with the Old Cathedral, one of the two cathedrals of Salamanca, Spain. It was constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries in two styles: late Gothic and Baroque. Building began in 1513 and the cathedral was consecrated in 1733. It was commissioned by Ferdinand V of Castile of Spain. It was declared a national monument by royal decree in 1887.

However as a fact Astronaut sculpture, added during renovations in 1992 and not in 1102 as rumored on the message.

Restoration in 1992

Among the ornate carvings on the façade are those of a faun eating an ice cream and of an astronaut added during restoration work in 1992, when one of the artisans engaged in the project chose to carve strange figures into the stone.

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Pravin Pathak is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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