Long-hidden ‘selfie’ of a medieval mason found in historic Spanish cathedral

During the 11th century, an unknown, lowly medieval mason held an important job: helping to build the grand Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in northern Spain, now one of the country’s most famous churches. That craftsman’s identity has been lost to time, but he left behind a tribute to himself in stone — a cleverly concealed self-portrait. 

Whoever this mason was, his sneakily-executed “selfie” went unnoticed for about 900 years, until it was recently spotted by an art historian during a stone-by-stone survey of the cathedral.

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