Casa de las Conchas, Salamanca

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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  • Attracts building, known as homes with cockles, drew a large number of people. The fact is that most extraordinary décor: where the walls are decorated with a variety of sea shells, giving it a wonderful sight and amazing. The building was built 500 years ago, retained its original appearance. Looks very cool.
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  • The third stop on our private tour of Salamanca was the "Casa de las Conchas", or "House of Shells". It is notable for the over 300 shells which adorn its exterior. Some say these are just decorative,...  more »
  • The Adornment of Clam Shells is a symbol of Santiago, the patron of Spain. Easy to reach from Plaza Mayor.  more »
  • 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.
  • Impressive building with 300 seashells on the exterior walls. Very nice patio inside.
  • So impressive to see this place
  • . No great shakes - the outside is the best bet You can visit the inside of the Casa de las Conchas - the Shell House, but actually some of the other places such as the Colegio Fonseca are nicer inside. But it's free: Monday-Friday, 9 to 9, Saturday 9 to 2 and 5 to 7, Sunday and Bank Holidays 10 to 2 and 4 to 7. (You'd better check - it may change). Why couldn't they have some easier to remember opening times? The shells outside are getting rather worn - is this the result of pollution, with the exhaust fumes damaging the stone? It's quite a spectacular sight from the outside, on the corner of the Rua Mayor where there are loads of little bars and restaurants where you can eat for a modest fee. The shells themselves were added either because they were on the family heraldic shield of his wife, or because he was a Caballero of the Order of Saint James, whose emblem is the shell. Think of the Pilgrims walking with their cockleshells along the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela - the same saint. Quite possibly it was for both reasons. Anyway, there they are. Inside is nothing special, although a free entry is always worth taking up. The Tourist Office is here too, so you can stock up on leaflets and maps. /
  • A nice house on the outside decorated by shelves and the inside has a nice open space.
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