St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), Salamanca

(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
With its intricate facade, opulent sacristy, and stately cloister, the 16th-century Gothic St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban) stands as one of the finest pieces of architecture in a city full of magnificent edifices. From the outside, admire the Plateresque-style carved facade which depicts saints, the story of Jesus, and the stoning of San Esteban. Inside, mirrors have been installed to allow closer examination of the carved ceilings and pillars inside the cloisters. Pay special attention to the ornate altar, and take time to reflect in the peaceful courtyard, which is surrounded by two stories of arches. Plan your visit to St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Salamanca vacation planner.
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  • Magnificent plateresque convent. Cloister severe but collected. Spectacular Chapterhouse very well restored. Very nice Renaissance staircase. Sacristy with wooden drawers. Large and not ornate chapels. You can access the beautiful church with a great chorus. Recommended
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  • The façade is something indescribable. in this convent was where Columbus convinced the Court of Spain for its trip to the new world.
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  • Cosy place. Worth a visit to get to know a little bit of the history of the site. Amazing architecture.
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  • This is an unbelievable place. The extend and magnitude of the different elements is unique and breathtaking. A MUST for any visitor of Salamanca. We went here with ignorantly with no idea and stayed for two hours enjoying again and again the different spaces.
  • Dramatic and peaceful cloisters are peppered with uplifting quotes about human rights. I have visited churches, mosques, cathedrals, pagodas, synagogues, tekkes, monasteries and convents in 50+ countries; few have made me feel as positive for the visit, particularly for a visit with an admission fee. Recommended.
  • Beautiful cathedral, inside and out. Small admission fee but completely worth it! The cloisters, staircase, and architecture are utterly phenomenal. Allow extra time to enjoy each piece!
  • Beautiful and full of history.
  • Precioso e impresionante