Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Salamanca

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Tour the beautiful Renaissance architecture of one of the oldest universities in the world at Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca. Founded in 1218 by Alfonso IX, the university is made up of several medieval structures situated throughout the historic city center of Salamanca. Visit original 16th century classrooms and lecture halls or the impressive library of nearly 1 million volumes, and recognize the institution’s long legacy of higher education. Try to spot the hidden frog in the ornate detailing of the university facade--finding it means good luck. Climb the 200 steps to the top of the university tower for panoramic views of the city. Arrange your visit to Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca and discover more family-friendly attractions in Salamanca using our Salamanca itinerary planner.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Visit very interesting. Spectacular panoramic city site. Easy to climb stairs. Guided very explicit. Ideal family.
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  • August 20, 2017
    If you go to Salamanca through the University to find the little frog on the magnificent façade. However, to visit the inside price is a little expensive for what it is! We found this interesting but a little below our expectations because inside it is is nothing exceptional apart from the old classrooms and the great library except that we could see that remotely from a glass door...
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  • August 20, 2017
    Beautiful University, sure. Much has remained in its original state. Too bad you can see the library only by a glass wall.
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  • Salamanca university is a gorgeous number of buildings that dominate the city landscape along with the cathedral. Well worth paying the 4 euro admission.
  • We have chosen us ahead of the guided tour, which lasts approximately half an hour and has a few fixed schedules. They explain the history and curiosities of the Pontifical University. You can climb the towers and see the bells and the wonderful views of the city.
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  • The oldest university in Spain seems to me. It's worth the look
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  • Beautiful seen from the top! Price 3,50 euros but it's worth it!
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  • The façade is spectacular, too bad that you can not be completely from the front to be so stable in a street.
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