Casa de las Conchas, Salamanca

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Casa de las Conchas is an historic building with an impressive exterior that now holds a public library. Over 300 shells dot the outside walls, here because they are the symbol of the Order of Santiago. Rodrigo Arias de Maldonado, a knight of the Order of Santiago, built this house. Once inside, find a patio where you can admire the archways supported by pillars and columns. Add Casa de las Conchas and other attractions to your Salamanca trip itinerary using our Salamanca journey planner .
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  • Nice place in the old town. It's worth a visit and see the inner courtyard and take a walk around.
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  • Building where the Library is located, built on two floors and a beautiful façade of shells..... Fantastic.
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  • In a visit to the center, the House of Shells is one of those buildings with which you stumble almost without noticing, because it is opposite the Pontifical University that is another place of reference, you can not pass by without admiring and photographing. The decoration of the Gothic style façade with plateresque elements is undoubtedly the most original and characteristic, but its interior is impressive, with a beautiful patio, a well and an elegant staircase by which you access the upper floor with a gallery Coffered ceiling from which you have a nice view. Today it houses the municipal library, and for those who love art and literature in equal parts, you can only envy to have a shelter so where you can study and access books on loan. If I lived in Salamanca, I would spend hours there...
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  • Our 2019 Spain travel was filled with adventure, great food & wine and history. The Shell House or Casa de las Conchas, is a historical building in Salamanca, central Spain. It currently houses a public library. It was built from 1493 to 1517 by Rodrigo Arias de Maldonado, a knight of the Order of Santiago de Compostela and a professor in the University of Salamanca. Its most peculiar feature is the façade, mixing late Gothic and Plateresque style, decorated with more than 300 shells, symbol of the order of Santiago, as well as of the pilgrims performing the Way of St. James. In the façade are also the coat of arms of the Catholic Monarchs and four windows in Gothic style, each one having a different shape. The entrance portal has the coat of arms of the Maldonado family, while in the architrave are dolphins, a Renaissance symbol of love, and vegetable elements. The inner court is characterized, in the lower floor, by arches supported by square pilasters, while in the upper ones they are supported by shorter columns in Carrara marble. Visit Salamanca!
  • Beautiful public library and open to the public.
  • Casa de las conchas is perhaps the most beautiful public library in the world.
  • Other than the stunning arquitecture, both external and internal, the building is also a local library with tonnes of resources.
  • I got use of the public library there... Beautiful building representative of one of one of the longest educational institutions there University of Salamanca. The oldest University in theoretical studies in the world. The building itself was commission by a Salamanca university professor a year after the foundation of Spain as a country.
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