St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban), Salamanca
(4.7/5 based on 550+ 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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  • Visit San Esteban is to understand the spirit that guided the works of the Dominicans, and its great influence at the time of the discovery of America. A large in the spiritual and in the monumental visit. It is surprising how you can find numerous messages aimed to understand the faith of this order. A must-see for understanding how the Jesuits and Dominicans are sometimes conflicting visions.
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  • The best time to visit this monastery is near sunset, when the rays beat on the wall color is magnificent. Christopher Columbus before heading the journey reached s indias was in this convent looking maps.
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  • It is a spectacular Dominican convent. The cloister and the garden with its Bandstand in the Centre are worthy of seeing. In addition, they have strategically placed mirrors to see expanded a lot of details. A little further down against the cover there is a cafe where enjoy the view even more.
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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