University of Salamanca:
Founded in 1218, the University of Salamanca is the oldest university in Spain. Salamanca’s campus is home to about 30,000 students and attracts more than 7,000 international students each year. The University of Salamanca offers many academic programs in addition to cancer, neuroscience and pulse laser research facilities. The University is one of only two Hispanic universities in the world granted a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations, allowing the university to train UN language experts.
The ceiling of Salamanca is a mural painted by Fernando Gallego which once decorated the University of Salamanca’s vault located in the old Library. The vault was painted in the 1480’s, but partially collapsed during the chapel construction that occurred in the 18th century. The mural was inspired by the astrology chair of the University in 1460. The picture has been described as representing the night sky in August 1475, but a more recent interpretation suggests that it is actually an astrological sky based on Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos.
Spanish writer and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo mastered a wide range of literary forms. In early 1990s, he was appointed Professor of Greek language at the University of Salamanca and later rector for three terms. He resided in the rectory residence where he lived until his ministerial dismissal in 1914. Today,”La Rectoral” is converted into a museum where you can find Unamuno’s published work.
“Only the one who knows is free and the one who knows the most is freer”– Miguel de Unamuno
Kessler Museum Merchandising:
The Kessler museum not only creates personalized products for museums, but universities and cultural institutions as well. Kessler has worked to create products for the University of Salamanca and a line of products inspired by Unamuno that capture the history of Salamanca.