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  • 1 Salamanca University Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    calle de los Libreros E - Salamanca

    Founded in 1218, the university has over the centuries gained international prestige. It boasts a magnificent Plateresque-style façade with a majestic portal dating from 1534. Its buildings are laid out in a square around a patio. Make sure you see t..

  • 2 Plaza Mayor Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Mayor E - 37002 Salamanca

    The heart of Salamanca life, the Plaza Mayor is surrounded by myriad cafés, restaurants and shops, and provides the perfect setting for a drink or a stroll. Built by Philip V between 1729 and 1755 to thank the city for its loyalty during the War of t..

  • 3 Patio de las Escuelas Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Patio de las Escuelas 1 E - 37001 Salamanca

    This small square leading off the old Calle Libreros is surrounded by typical monuments in the Salamancan Plateresque style. It is home to the university, founded in 1218 and which boasted 7 683 students in 1568 (30 000 in 2007), a record for the tim..

  • 4 Old Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de Anaya E - 37008 Salamanca

    The builders of the New Cathedral luckily respected the Old Cathedral that stands by its side. It seems like a good example of a romanesque cathedral, and the lantern tower, with two levels of windows, is one of the most beautiful of its kind. The Ch..

  • 5 Casa de las Conchas Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    C. de la Compañia E - 37002 Salamanca

    Built around 1490, the façade of the House of Shells is decorated with over 300 scallop shells. The presence of this motif is explained by the fact that Don Rodrigo Arias Maldonado was a knight of the Order of St James. Admire the patio, a jewel of I..

  • 6 New Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de Anaya E - 37008 Salamanca

    The cathedral's construction lasted more than two centuries, which explains its variety of styles (Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque). The west front is divided by four large arches that correspond to the interior plan of the church. The north doorway ..

  • 7 Convento de San Esteban Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza del Concilio de Trento E - 37006 Salamanca

    The first stone was laid here on 29 June 1524. The pinnacles on the side buttresses are Gothic, while the imposing façade is a remarkable example of the Plateresque style. The tour starts in the Kings' cloisters, decorated with medallions in which th..

  • 8 Convento de las Dueñas Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza del Concilio de Trento E - 37001 Salamanca

    The convent was founded in 1419 to accommodate the sisters of the Dominican order. Renaissance in style, the cloisters, remodelled in the 16C to enable the expansion of the complex, are octagonal in shape and arranged on two floors. The capitals, par..

  • 9 Museo de Art Nouveau y Art Déco Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Gibraltar 14 E - 37008 Salamanca

    A modern building dating from the early 20C, the Casa Lis houses this museum entirely dedicated to Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Among the works displayed in its twenty themed rooms, note the figurines by Chiparius, Miklós Zsolnay and Hagenauer, in addit..

  • 10 Monterrey Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de las Augustinas E - Salamanca

    Built in 1539 for the third Count of Monterrey, the palace was designed along the lines of Spain's great royal castles by two of 16C Salamanca's greatest architects: Rodrigo Gil de Hontañon et Martìn de Santiago. The varied decorative and ornamental ..

  • 11 Salamanca Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Patio de Escuelas 2 E - Salamanca

    The museum covers 20 centuries from the Romans to modern abstract painting. Among its collections are fragments of a 14C alabaster sarcophagus and a Llanto por Cristo Muerto (Bewailing of Christ) by Luis Morales. Upstairs are 18C wooden chairs with o..

  • 12 Clerecia Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Campañía 5 E - 37008 Salamanca

    Built from 1617 onwards, this Jesuit college is impressively large. Note the baroque towers that was completed in 1755 by Andrés Garcia de Quinones. Next to the church stands the baroque cloister.

  • 13 Escuelas Menores Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Patio de las Escuelas E - 37001 Salamanca

    The plateresque portal of the Junior School is covered in coats of arms, medallions and foliage. The patio, is typical of the city and is exquisitely simple. You can also see the fine Mudéjar ceiling and the painted ceiling by Fernando Gallego, the S..

  • 14 Palacio de Fonseca Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    calle San Pablo 24 E - 37001 Salamanca

    The courtyard of this Renaissance Palace brings together multi-linear Salamanca arches at the end and an encorbelled gallery sustained by two Atlases with naked and tortured bodies to the right and all along the left wall, there is a series of arcade..

  • 15 Church of the Purisima Concepcion Interesting

    Religious buildings

    C. Ancha E - 37002 Salamanca

    You will admire the canvases by Ribera including the famous Immaculate Conception above the main altar.

  • 16 Convent of the Ursulas Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de las Úrsulas 2 E - 37002 Salamanca

    The Church built in the 16C contains the tomb of Alonso de Fonseca attributed to Diego de Siloé. The Museum has some fragments of a retable by Jean of Burgundy, one of which shows St Ursula and her Virgins.

  • 17 Fonseca College Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    C. de Fonseca 4 E - 37002 Salamanca

    This college built in the 16C for Irish students, contains a Gothic chapel with starred vaults, an attractive retable by Alonso Berraguete and an elegant Renaissance patio.

  • 18 Bullfighting Museum

    Museums and art

    Doctor Piñuela 5-7 E - Salamanca

    The Bullfighting Museum is the creation of an aficianado who welcomes visitors in person. An entire room commemorates leading local bullfighter Julio Robles (died 5 January 2001 of a perforated intestine). Elsewhere, heroes of the Capea de Salamanca ..

  • 19 Church of San Martin

    Religious buildings

    pl. Corrillo E - 37002 Salamanca

    This romanesque church has preserved a portal with jagged archivolts in the style of Zamora.

  • 20 Hôspital del Estudio

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Patio de las Escuelas E - 37001 Salamanca

    Today the educational offices, the hospital for poor students was built in 1533. The portal, with its two basked cove arhes, is still gothic. The upper part is surrounded by an alfiz, and has two Spanish coats of arms from before 1492 and a trefoiled..

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