Walking Tour of Salamanca, Spain
We did a part of the walking tour of Salamanca at night, when the old town was lit up beautifully. We planned the walk along several historical monuments. Below is the pic of grand Plaza Mayor of Salamanca lit up at night.
We walked down the street Calle Compania at night, I was amazed at the first monument I saw, the façade of it was covered with shells. It is the Casa de Las Conchas, or “The House of Shells”. A 15th century building, it never fails to attract every tourist there. The walls are covered with 300 shells approx. It houses the Salamanca public library and Information office.
To the right was La Clerecia. A huge monument and the gap between the two monuments is just a ‘not so wide lane. It was built in the 17th century and served as church and college. Clerecía Church was originally known as the Royal College of the Company of Jesus. Now this monument is headquarters of Salamanca Pontificia University.
Colegio de Anaya
It is also known as the Palace of Anaya was built in 1762. The wide staircase and four large pillars crowned with triangular pediment makes it look grand. The building belongs to the Faculty of Languages. You can go in for free and explore the courtyard and staircase and open rooms. The walking tour of Salamanca was worthwhile, the best decision we took while we were there.
Cathedrals Old and Newof Old Town of Salamanca
To enter the Old Cathedral you have to pass through the New Cathedral. The Old Cathedral is 12th century Romanesque architecture while the newer one constructed during 1513 to 1733 and is a mix of different architectural styles. The cathedral has ornate front door and the façade decorated as if with delicate filigree! Very short walk from here along Calle Calderón de la Barca then Calla Liberos we reached the University of Salamanca.
University of Salamanca
It is the oldest university in the whole of Spain, has the most beautiful facade of Salamanca. In fact this monument is the City’s most treasured jewels. It is said Colombus came here for travel tips before he set off on voyage. Today students come here for summer programs. Can you guess what the little children are trying to do in front of the facade? Most students touring here for the first time search for a frog on one of the skulls in the facade. It is supposed to bring them good luck.
Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes de Salamanca
There is a permanent exhibition here covering archeology, ethonology and fine arts. Photography of displays is prohibited. The museum dates back to 1848. We casually walked into this place and found the interiors a green square-ish lawn with rooms running all around it, impressive pillars and simple designed arches over them.
Though we saw so many of the historical monuments during our walking tour of Salamanca we did miss out a couple of them. One wrong turn in the lanes and we got off in a different direction.One particular monument I regret missing is Convento de San Esteban. Retracing steps would mean loosing out some time. I had to be content with these sights and pictures!