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La Rana de Salamanca

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Address: Plaza Patio De Escuelas Menores, 1 | University Of Salamanca, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
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This is part of the University of Salamanca, built in the middle 1200s; "La Rana " means "The Frog" in English and it is shown in some of the sculptures. The frog had some kind of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 23, 2015
G B Nino C
Vista, United States

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Vista, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

This is part of the University of Salamanca, built in the middle 1200s; "La Rana " means "The Frog" in English and it is shown in some of the sculptures. The frog had some kind of meaning for the students of the University, probably as a bringer of luck.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Where is the famed frog of good luck? You will have a great time discovering it and then sitting around to watch others find it as well. It's great to finally see it and even better to find out what it really means.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The frog of Salamanca is more than just a carved frog, it is history and tradition. Finding the frog will give you look according to the story, of course there are many different versions but all of them are very interesting. If you go to Salamanca you need to go and find it.

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Salamanca, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Well, people say, that in order to pass your exams/graduate at the Universidad de Salamanca, you need to find the frog on the old facade. I guess this is fun for the incoming students, cause we all need to pass our exams here. But if you're only a tourist, it's nothing interesting - better go see the astronaut on the... More 

Thank Jana H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

So they turn a frog into a major tourist attraction. Well it's an interesting feature of a superb exhibition of carving. Plateresque?

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Fort Myers, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I have a friend studying nursing. I decided to gift her a lil figurine of the frog on the skull for good luck. She's into skulls and absolutely loved the story.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A tradition runs that no student at the Salamanca University will ever gradute until s/he has found the forg that is part of the intricate decoration of the façade of the University on the Pateo de las Esculeas. It turns out to be actually difficult to find the diminute frog among so many figures, although nowadays many people know beforehand... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

No wonder there are always hordes of people standing, bemused, and looking up at the façade of the Escuelas Menores. Trying to see that flipping frog. If you are the first person in your group to see it, you are guaranteed good luck all year. Or possibly just in your exams - there are different versions. Buy a lottery ticket... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

overrated but still a funny thing to do. look for other parts in the facade (as offered on the big board that stands over there). without binoculars it will be hard to see that it is really a frog. the funny thing is that many people point to many directions claiming that they see it :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

When I told my Spanish friends I was going to Salamanca, the first thing they could remember was the frog. Nobody could tell me the building where it was but everybody knew we were going to find it. In fact, it is pretty easy. Just look for a university entrance where there are dozens of people looking at some point... More 

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