“The 16th century was the golden age of our university,” says Inés, talking of the time that cemented Salamanca as one of the most cultural cities in the world. “At this time people were coming to study, but also to teach. The city really was a melting pot and included some very famous names in history.
“The first meeting between Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella I of Castile took place in Salamanca, because the Dominicans were writing very good studies about maps.”
Queen Isabella’s sponsorship of Columbus’s famous voyage to the Americas in 1492, played a crucial role in shaping the course of world history and connecting the Old World with the New.
“Another alumnus that is maybe not so widely known, but is considered the father of international law, is another Dominican, Francisco de Vitoria,” she continues. Best remembered for his defense of the rights of the Indians of the New World against Spanish colonists, if you visit the United Nations building in Geneva there is an auditorium named after him.
Miguel de Cervantes, the famed Spanish author of “Don Quixote, Antonio de Nebrija who authored the first grammar of the Spanish language in 1492, and Juan de la Cruz considered one of the greatest poets in the Spanish language, all have links to the university.