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Verraco Prerromano, Salamanca

Verraco Prerromano - Salamanca, Spain
Verraco Prerromano
Ribera del Puente, Salamanca, Spain 37008Map
Neighborhood: Barrio Antiguo
Overview

This powerful image of a wild boar or a bull belonging to the Celtic period of history in Spain is probably the oldest work of art preserved in the province. When the Romans arrived they respected it as an indigenous totem that brought good harvests and they left it in place. However, during the 12th century it was thrown into the river. There is no record of when it was recovered, but it was referred to in the famous picaresque novel El Lazarillo del Tormes in the 15th century. The statue was once again mutilated and thrown into the river and remained there until 1864 when it was hauled out and placed at the entrance to the Roman Bridge. It has now become one of the city's symbols of identity and appears on the coat-of-arms alongside the evergreen oak and the Roman Bridge.

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Verraco Prerromano General Information
  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks
  • Nearest Train: Bus: 1, 1B, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6B, 8, 9
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