Convento de las Duenas, Salamanca

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Enter a tranquil courtyard and view pentagonal cloisters with intricately carved stone pillars at Convento de las Duenas. Stroll through the peaceful rose garden, or explore the rooms of religious artwork. Learn about Sister Teresa Chikaba, a West African woman who lived as a slave in Madrid for a decade before being allowed to join the convent in the mid 17th century. Try the pastries sold by the sisters--they're almost more famous than the cloisters. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Salamanca holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Convento de las Duenas and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Very beautiful sculptures in high relief on the capitals of the cloister. Surprising pentagonal plan. Quiet and peaceful
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  • August 13, 2017
    This quaint convento is another place one has to see. It is impeccable and the detailing of the columns is impressive. Check out each column, they are all different and some are very strange. Also, th...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The visit to this Dominican convent presents some constraints due to still be inhabited by some nuns in the monastery. However, only by the cloister is well worth the visit, because it presents the most beautiful "grotesque" in all of Spain. "Grotesque" are a decoration with fanciful elements and your name appears in the Italy of the Renaissance due to the fact that the artists walk to discover the ways of antiquity when they found by accident the Domus Aurea of Nero in Rome. The entrance was through a hole through which penetrated in a kind of cave, as the Palace was buried. The painted decoration they found on the walls inspired them too and was also used for architectural decoration: is what we can see here, in one of its finest examples. In the end, don't forget to buy some cookies to the nuns; recommend small balls of marzipan with eggs inside: are divine!
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  • Beautiful! The morning sun made for some nice pictures of the main facade
  • A place to not miss, the cloister is very beautiful and peaceful... tables wood door that gusher, beautiful. Amazing how is retained after 500 years. The sweets of the nuns are spectacular, especially the house specialty, the "amarguillas". Very nice the little sisters.
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  • Very nice! It is a visit that will not take you long and it is a must in salamanca! The desserts are very rich (although a little expensive)
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  • A very collected convent, where one breathes tranquillity and silence, with a playground that is wonderful. That don't miss anyone who come visit to Salamanca. If you want to sweeten you life, try delicious sweets that make the nuns.
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  • Beautiful cloister. The entrance costs only 2 euros. It is a short visit, but it is worth.
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