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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  • Well care and for a tiny price, there is a small museum in one of the rooms, is very central and easy access
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  • Several visits to Salamanca and still did not know this Dominican convent that has dazzled me, beautiful cloister, incomparable staircase, magnificent Church, impressive, interesting Museum, in short, I look forward to returning
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  • St. Stephen gave a grand and eloquent speech which was Recalling the history of the people of Israel (Chapter 7 of the acts of the Apostles) and in his eloquent and clear presentation was Defender wishful thinking of Jesus, was dragged and beaten by the mob, was killed before the eyes of St. Paul before the Sanhedrin. Is considered the first martyr of the story and its name means "the crowned". In his honor, and between the years 1524 and 1610, was a great project. It was in the city of Salamanca, and "Los Dominicos", is known as convent of SAN ESTEBAN, popularly because at this location stood in this order since the 13th century and up to the present, as an icon of history, art and religion of the Charro capital. The Dominicans settled in Salamanca in the 13th century, but this monument dates back to the 16th century. During the Counter Reformation was an important center where forged the Dominican fathers who founded the school of SALAMANCA, with Francisco de Vitoria to the head, and assistance was provided to Santa Teresa de Jesus and San Ignacio de Loyola. Here Columbus stayed when he went to Salamanca to defend before the geographers of the University the possibility of reaching the Indies sailing towards the West (specifically did at Hacienda Zorita, Dominican hacienda on the outskirts of the city and where MGBCh will be held). Although this temple is considered an excellent example of plateresque style, the prolonged construction phase explains the mixture of styles ranging from the final Gothic to Baroque. The cover of the Church is one of the more beautiful examples of plateresque. It is designed as a triumphal and its center represents the martyrdom of St. Stephen. The building follows the canons of the Gothic Renaissance for the architectural and the plateresque for decoration, the watermark of their ornaments and the richness of its ornamentation. But their styles arrive, as we have said, also to the Baroque. Its construction involved great architects, which began with Juan de Álava, and followed Juan de Ribero, Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón and Fray Martín de Santiago. -The facade is a true plateresque tapestry in Villamayor stone, with three bodies and portico, which shows the magic of masters such as Juan Antonio Ceroni, Alonso Sardiña, Benvenuto Cellini or Martín Rodríguez. -Latin cross, a majestic single-nave Church is crowned to the front by the huge altarpiece of the high altar, considered the greatest work of Churriguera José (and that is decked out for the painting of the martyrdom of San Esteban de Claudio Coello) and at the rear by the chorus of Alonso de Balbás (surmounted by the large fresco of the Church militant and triumphant of Antonio Palomino). -The cloister of the Kings (or processions) of the 17TH century, the work of Fray Martín de Santiago. -The impressive staircase of Soto in the 16th century, the work of Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón. -The Colon cloister of the 15th century. It is said that Las Indias is conquered thanks to the Catholic monarchs and the cloister of the convent of San Esteban, because here the preparations for crucial trip took place. -The Pantheon of theologians, where lie the most illustrious Dominican theologians of the University of Salamanca: Francisco de Vitoria, Domingo de Soto, Pedro de Sotomayor, Mancio of Corpus Christi, Medina Bartolomé, Domingo de Guzmán, Alfonso de Luna, Pedro de Ledesma, among others. The convent of San Esteban is a splendid spiritual and aesthetic synthesis of the Dominican universe expressed in the beauty of the stone. He has been written that when Columbus arrived in Salamanca, accompanied by Fray Diego de Deza, "only the friars of San Esteban he found attention and reception". Because "the Dominican Word invented a new world and of those voices was the defense of the American Indian" and nobody better than righteous titles based on thoughts humanist Francisco de Vitoria, creator of the school of Salamanca, and universal today. Therefore, and more, the convent of San Esteban is art, history, and religion.
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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