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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  • Actually saw the convent because we stayed at the hotel hospes palacio de san esteban belonging to the enclosure of the convent and our room overlooking the courtyard of the convent. The exterior is majestic and worthy of visit.
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  • One of our best visits in Salamanca! The historical and cultural richness of this place is well worth the time to see it. The main facade is a masterpiece of the plateresque!
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  • This is one of the places in Salamanca which I consider essential, although not as known as the historical center. The beauty of its cloister and convent all well worth a visit detained and quiet. It is not to go in a hurry.
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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