Modern alien theorists love to go extra mile in convincing the general public that extraterrestrial beings visited planet Earth in the past. While there is circumstantial evidence that support their claims, most is considered far-fetched. Such is the case of the spacesuit clad carving found on the Spanish cathedral in Salamanca. The 16th-century shrine has been causing a buzz on the internet because of the anachronistic astronaut that can be found in the carvings of the old walls.

The helmet-wearing man

Catedral Nueva of Salamanca began construction in 1513 during the rule of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabela. It was built during a time that Gothic style was overdone and falling out of style. Architects Juan Gil de Hontanon and his son Rodrigo wanted to create a unique style by incorporating the up-and-coming Renaissance style, resulting in Plateresque architectural design common throughout Spain.

The building was completed in 1733, giving Spaniards some of the timeless architecture they are now known for. Upon its completion, Catedral Nueva was considered a masterpiece. It featured an intricately carved façade, lavishly decorated arcs, and gloriously mesmerizing naves.

A restoration that changed the entrance of the cathedral

In 1992, a restoration project was initiated to repair the parts of the entrance that were damaged by the Lisbon earthquake. The cathedral’s foundation was also reinforced.

Jeronimo Garcia was one of the artists involved in the project. He was also tasked with adding a personal touch to the cathedral’s rehabilitation. Sculptures were altered — Garcia added modern creations, including an astronaut to symbolize one of humankind’s great achievements. He also added a faun holding an ice-cream cone.

Thus, these modern depictions are not from the 1500s, effectively debunking the myth of aliens visiting the planet Earth.  They are the result of the restoration done in 1992, and the imagination of the artist involved.