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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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  • The out side is a must see . The inside court yard is worth a look . It is now a public library but we did not enter.  more »
  • The exterior is unique and beautiful so the interior is rather disappointing but it is free so worth a look.  more »
  • Located just in front of the entrance of the papal university. The construction started in 1493 and lasted 20 years. The construction has been ordered by the rector of Salamanca University who was a k...  more »
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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. /
  • A nice house on the outside decorated by shelves and the inside has a nice open space.
  • 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!!?
  • La Casa de las Conchas ("House of the Shells") is always worth a visit - to view the facade, if nothing else! They often have art exhibits inside, and the cloister is gorgeous. It's a unique and charming bit of architecture in this lovely college town of Salamanca.
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Known for its uniform sandstone grid of historical buildings, the compact city center is often considered Salamanca's main attraction. Staying in the historical center allows you to explore the many iconic landmarks, quaint plazas, and majestic architecture, as well as experience the lively tapa and wine culture. Tucked away in the cobblestone streets of the center are a number of historical hotels that represent the city's rich cultural heritage, or you can opt to stay at one of the many family-owned pensions that dot the area for a more affordable accommodation option.
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