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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. To visit Casa de las Conchas on your holiday in Salamanca, and find out what else Salamanca has to offer, use our Salamanca vacation builder.
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  • Magnificent library recovered in a stately and historic building. Study there is a privilege and as a tourist visiting a wonder. Right in front the clergy and of the Pontifical University, an incredible college atmosphere. I recommend vistarla and enjoy it
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  • It's the House of shells, on the façade of the building: are the symbol of Saint Jacques de Compostela. Built in the 15th century, houses the public library. To visit the beautiful white marble courtyard.
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  • Very cute but a shame not to see the facade, was in restoration. Very nice the patio interior and interesting history.
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  • . 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. /
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  • You'll know this one by the hundreds of stone scallop shells decorating the exterior. Go inside to the interior courtyard and see the old well still there. Climb the stairs to the upper balcony and look across the way to the bell towers of the beautiful La Clerecía. That's your next stop!!?
  • Very curious and pitoresque place
  • Un biblioteca con mucha historia