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Amazing! Astronaut Carving in 900+ y/o Cathedral

"The cathedral in the Spanish city of Salamanca was constructed in 1102, and is therefore one of the oldest such constructions in the ...

"The cathedral in the Spanish city of Salamanca was constructed in 1102, and is therefore one of the oldest such constructions in the world. It features magnificent stone carvings on all its walls, but one of them is a bit more special than the others, so to speak.

It bears the depiction of what appears to be a fully dressed astronaut in a space suit, complete with details such as the sole of his shoes. Nobody knows how he got there, or what a 20th century astronaut is doing on the walls of a 12th century religious building.


Needless to say, the find has left all in a deep state of shock. There are, of course, numerous such mysteries in the world, ancient finds that have somehow caught us off guard, such as the old batteries found in Egypt, dated as being older than Christianity. But finding an astronaut carved between religious ornaments is no easy task to explain to conspiracy theorists, who, needless to point out, think governments have something to do with covering up the existence of aliens.

Some have argued in various writings that a good part of the technology and knowledge people have gained over time comes from extraterrestrial beings. And this would make a certain amount of sense, considering the advanced knowledge Egyptians displayed while building the pyramids. 

The Inca benefited from revolutionary information, as well, when they built Machu Picchu, and the Mayan solar calendar is a true wonder of the world. Stonehenge in England is a nearly perfect solar observatory, and this makes people wonder how savages managed to raise such wonderful structures.

And some monuments depict people riding chariots in the sky. These are the gods, some of which have space helmets on their head. However, these questions will remain unanswered for a long time, and no solution is yet at hand from Spain." (news.softpedia.com)
(The most recent picture of the astronaut shows a damaged sculpture)

Possible explanation

The astronaut, along with other contemporary symbols was allegedly added in 1992 during restoration work on the cathedral. The person responsible for the restoration, Jeronimo Garcia, reportedly chose an astronaut as a fitting symbol of the twentieth century.

This theory is only to be found in a Portuguese article dated September 16, 2006, but quickly adopted by Wikipedia as FACT (see references):

"Its main entrance consists of 3 arcs, each leading to the 3 naves (sections) of the church. All three are richly carved. Among the ornate carvings on the façade is the incongruous likeness of an astronaut floating in space; it was added by an artist during restoration work in 1992 as a symbol of the 20th century."

Unfortunately, I was not able to find any records about Jeronimo Garcia, or pictures with the Salamanca cathedral before 1992. Help of any kind in this matter, is highly appreciated.

LATER EDIT:

Message from Marc, 27, Barcelona - Spain

"Hi there,

My name is Marc and I'm from Barcelona, Spain. I've been in Salamanca like a hundred times since I was a kid (I'm 27). The first time I visited Salamanca was definately before the Barcelona 1992 olympics, and I clearly remember how my father took me on his shoulders and showed me the astronaut carving.

I've also asked to my mother-in-law about the carving, and she told me that she visited Salamanca in the 1970's and the carving was already there.

So the Wikipedia "fact" seems to be a LIE."

By Alexander Light, HumansAreFree.com;

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