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

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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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  • August 17, 2017
    Spent a lovely quiet morning wandering around the convent.the church inside is amazing. Not very expensive.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This convent and church are a must see in Salamanca. The architecture, the detailing (check out the facade) are impressive. The newly restored parts are beautifully presented, check out the peculiar f...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The cloister is fabulous. The Church can be visited for free but the paid visit that includes the cloister is really worth
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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!
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  • A gem of late gothic/spanish baroque

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