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University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Castile-Leon, Spain, Europe
Salamanca's university first started to take shape in 1218, when King Alfonso IX declared that it would be a university town (the oldest in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe). The university then took the form of four academies and thirty smaller colleges. It quickly won international acclaim, attracting scholars from all over Europe and competing directly with the great universities of Paris and Bologna. It also attracted papal attention, and construction began on the main university building in the 13th century by direct order of Pope Benedict the 13th. The later Pope Alexander IV described it as one of the four torches of the world.
The university's library and central offices have remained in it's main building ever since their inception. It remains one of the best old examples of the plateresc style of construction favoured by Castilian builders in Spain, and is a very impressive building. The building also boasts many unique features both inside and out; including many elaborate decorations, carvings, and even the still visible names of centuries past graduates stamped on some walls in bulls blood.
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