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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  • 800 years universityhistory is fantastic to see! The university protected its history with care. You cant forget to visit this place.  more »
  • The buildings are just amazing. It is better to have a guide to explain the history and significant of what you are seeing.  more »
  • Travel through the student filled streets to this spot then have some fun finding the frog on the skull. Many other fun sculptures can be found to amuse as well.  more »
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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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Known for its uniform sandstone grid of historical buildings, the compact city center is often considered Salamanca's main attraction. Staying in the historical center allows you to explore the many iconic landmarks, quaint plazas, and majestic architecture, as well as experience the lively tapa and wine culture. Tucked away in the cobblestone streets of the center are a number of historical hotels that represent the city's rich cultural heritage, or you can opt to stay at one of the many family-owned pensions that dot the area for a more affordable accommodation option.
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