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Convento de las Dueñas

This convent with plateresque entrance, originally a Mudejar palace, was founded by Juana Rodriguez de Maldonado in 1533 and now belongs to Dominican nuns. It's located at the end of the Gran Via. Inside there is a very attractive courtyard, a jewel of Spanish Renaissance architecture, with its pentagonal shape. In the Renaissance cloister there are some very beautiful Moorish doors. You really ought to try the delicious amarguillos and other kinds of sweets made by the nuns.

Plaza Mayor

Built between 1729 and 1755, the square is the city's central attraction, a masterpiece of Spanish Baroque architecture. Behind the impressive arches, there are numerous bars and cafés with terraces in the summer to enjoy daily city life passing by. It's an asymmetrical square surrounded by three floors of buildings with symmetrical balconies above 88 semi-circular arches supported by solid stone pillars. The Royal Pavilion and the town hall are located here. There are decorative moldings that depict famous people who are related to the city.


The next time you visit the New Cathedral of Salamanca, a visit to the Ieronimus is a must. It is a permanent exhibition from where one can witness the vistas of the surrounding area by climbing to the towers. The towers of the cathedral are an important landmark and rich in architecture. They can be seen from afar. You can behold the magnificence of the cathedral alongwith being rewarded with breath-taking views of the surrounding city as you make your way up the staircase.

New Cathedral of Salamanca

The sense of space, harmony and light created by the enormous height of the naves is what makes the interior so special. There are three naves and 14 chapels in total. The most impressive chapels are the Capilla Dorada (golden chapel), Todos los Santos (All Saints) and Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Our Lady of Suffering), with its statue by Mariano Benlliure and altarpiece by Churriguera. Gil de Hontañón, J. de Alava, the Churriguera brothers and Sagarvinaga were some of the important architects involved in the construction of this building between 1513 and 1733.

University of Salamanca

The plateresque façade of Universidad de Salamanca is widely known and admired. The filigree work contains symbolic imagery associated with numerous legends. The university's treasures include fabulous tapestries in the central hall, staircases with plateresque reliefs, paintings by Juan de Flandes in the high gallery and one of Europe's first university libraries.

Convento de San Esteban

Convento de San Esteban's plateresque façade is simply magnificent, resembling a richly decorated altar piece. The most outstanding of its stone-carved reliefs features the image of San Esteban himself by Ceroni. Through the Renaissance-style gateway you come to the Gothic-style royal cloisters and inside the monastery you'll find a splendid baroque altar piece by José de Churriguera. Domingo de Soto, Francisco de Vitoria and Christopher Columbus, among others, are believed to have spent time here.

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