Salamanca 2006

A young Salamantina in typical costume

After Sunday Mass

In Salamanca

In the bodega, Boecillo

In the college bar

In the College Patio

In the Parador in Segovia

In the Parador, Segovia


Segovia from the Parador


Storks flying over Salamanca

The Acqueduct, Segovia

The Alcazar, Segovia

The college bar

The college dining room

The college reliquary, Valladolid

The Parador, Segovia

The Plaza Mayor, Salamanca

The Plaza Mayor

The Roman Acqueduct, Segovia

The Valley of the Fallen

The walls of Avila

Through the acqueduct, Segovia

In August 2006, Fr Clements and a number of parishioners from St Aidan’s and further afield visited Salamanca, Spain, staying at the Royal Scots College. We enjoyed the hospitality of the college, which was then under the direction of Fr Joe Toal (now Bishop Toal of Argyll and the Isles).

Salamanca is one of the gems of Spain. It is a medieval city, with one of the oldest universities in Spain, dating from the 13th century. Salamanca has two cathedrals, the ‘new’ cathedral dating from the 16th century, the golden age of Spanish history. The Plaza Mayor, the main square of Salamanca is acknowledged as being the best in the Hispanic world. It is surrounded by cafes, restaurants and shops, and is the meeting place for the local Salamantinos.

We visited the historical city of Segovia, with its picturesque castle, cathedral and 2000 year old Roman aqueduct, and enjoyed lunch in the local Parador.

The city of Avila is a short trip from Salamanca, and we paid a visit to St Teresa’s convent and to the nearby Valley of the Fallen, a monument built to the memory of the fallen of the Spanish Civil War

We were privileged to celebrate Mass in the old Scots College in Valladolid, where Fr Clements was ordained. After Mass we went to the village of Boecillo, the site of the old Scots’ country house, and had dinner in the bodega.


O loving God, who called your servant Aidan from the peace of a cloister to re-establish the Christian mission in northern England, and gave him the gifts of gentleness, simplicity, and strength: Grant that we, following his example, may use what you have given us for the relief of human need, and may persevere in commending the saving Gospel of our Redeemer Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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