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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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  • Imposing and beautiful building, and is currently suffer conservation works. It also has inside the municipal library, and an interior courtyard that you can visit for free.
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  • A penalty because he was in the works and is not the same to admire its cloister in all its glory if it is full of scaffolding. Now I have an excuse to return to Salamanca
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  • THE CASA DE LAS CONCHAS is a stately mansion of the era of the Catholic Kings, built at the end of the 15th century commissioned by Rodrigo Maldonado de Talavera, belonging to the order of Santiago, Professor of law and Rector of the University of Salamanca, as well as a member of the Royal Council of Castile. His son Rodrigo Arias and his grandson reformed it constantly. Thus by the year 1701 the House repaired and expanded, appearing the façade which currently faces the Rúa Mayor. The uniqueness of this building lies in the 300 or so Santiago shells that are willing to staggered (following a rhomboid self-composed mudejar style), shells that populate and decorate the facade of the building, next to the flowers of lily of the Maldonado family in his coat of arms, and with shields and coats of arms. Its decoration, typical of the Renaissance, astonishes to locals and visitors alike for its singular beauty that make it unique. A particularly original building that combines Gothic, Renaissance and mudejar elements. The originality of covering facades with ornamental motifs as peaks or diamond tips are also typical of Renaissance, its enlargement and reforms follows the tone select the shells to cover the walls and provide the ostentation of so singular Palace, where we appreciate a door dintelada with two decorative orders. Above the coat of arms of the Maldonado with its framed by mouldings, curved and rectilinear, where we can observe allegories to the love for the existing dolphin and other vegetal motifs. We look at four large windows in Gothic style, without symmetry between them (typical also of Spanish Gothic) and include ornamental gratings for windows as an expression of refined works of the Spanish Gothic wrought iron (bars the Maldonado sent its placement as a preventive measure to theft and looting). The Interior Patio of the Casa de las Conchas mixes styles, with the provision of medieval, Mudejar and Renaissance elements that give it a stately touch. The ancient craft well in the Centre of the typical courtyard of the palaces that had draws attention to the House of the water needed for its operation. The ladder of three sections enter the upper floor. In the first segment we see a dog holding the coat of arms of the Pimentel, dog guards and defends this Palace. In the second segment of the stairway view us a lion holding the coat of arms of the Maldonado. And the third opens with the marriage of the coats of arms of the Pimentel and the Maldonado as symbol, sign and public exposure of the Alliance between the two families. About the Casa de las Conchas is a legend that tells that the Jesuits (who have opposite La Clerecía, headquarters of the society of Jesus) offered an ounce of gold for each shell. But none of the heirs wanted to get rid of the House. Of the deformation of this legend comes, no doubt, it legend urban that under an of them shells there is hidden a treasure in ounces of gold, nothing of wonder as was custom hide ounces of gold between them adobes and stones in them partitions of them houses. They also have that in the basement of the Casa de las Conchas, they had to sleep or spend the night students punished for the master. You are going to know where the story begins and where it ends the legend. What remains is the beauty of this palatial house... and which today is the city public library. What remains is a building so unique to giving home to the more singular Salamanca Street: the street company. From his corner, the prospect is magnificent... and worth sitting on the stairs of the clergy and extasiar with the beauty of this building.
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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. /
  • Curioso y precioso
  • 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