Casa De Las Conchas, Salamanca
Casa De Las Conchas, Salamanca - Address, Phone Number
Address: Calle Compania, 2, 37002 Salamanca
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
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About Casa De Las Conchas, Salamanca
It is one of the most captivating historical buildings located in Salamanca. It’s a 15th century building with 350 sandstone shells studded on the surface of its facade. It was built by Rodrigo Arias de Maldonado, a knight of the Order of Santiago de Compostela and a professor in Salamanca University. At present, the building houses a public library and an art gallery. The striking feature of the building is the mixture of Gothic and Plateresque style in its architectural design. The shells clinging on the facade symbolizes ‘the order of Santiago’. The windows are designed in a Gothic style with different shapes and the entrance portal has ‘the coats of arms’ of the Maldonado family. In the architrave, you can see dolphins (renaissance symbol of love and vegetable). In the lower floor, the inner court has arches supported by square pilasters while in the upper floor; the court is supported by shorter columns in Carrara marble.
Casa De Las Conchas Information
- Interior courtyard only open for visitors.
- It houses public holidays.
- Own publications.
- Information service is available.
How To reach Casa De Las Conchas by Public Transport
- Nearby Train Station: Salamanca-La Alamedilla. From there, 15 minutes walking distance away, Casa de la Conchas is located.
- Nearby Bus Stop: Estacion de Autobuses de Salamanca
Restaurants Near Casa De Las Conchas
- That’s Life Cafe
- Pan Y Mermelade
- Cabana Nagueles
- Cibo Italiano
- Golden Wok
- Masala Marbella
- Zapata Tex-Mex
- Sushi des Artistes
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Casa De Las Conchas, Salamanca Reviews - Write a Review
I got use of the public library there... Beautiful building representative of one of one of the longest educational institutions there University of Salamanca. The oldest University in theoretical studies in the world. The building itself was commission by a Salamanca university professor a year after the foundation of Spain as a country.
Impressive building with 300 seashells on the exterior walls. Very nice patio inside.
. No great shakes - the outside is the best bet You can visit the inside of the Casa de las Conchas - the Shell House, but actually some of the other places such as the Colegio Fonseca are nicer inside. But it's free: Monday-Friday, 9 to 9, Saturday 9 to 2 and 5 to 7, Sunday and Bank Holidays 10 to 2 and 4 to 7. (You'd better check - it may change). Why couldn't they have some easier to remember opening times? The shells outside are getting rather worn - is this the result of pollution, with the exhaust fumes damaging the stone? It's quite a spectacular sight from the outside, on the corner of the Rua Mayor where there are loads of little bars and restaurants where you can eat for a modest fee. The shells themselves were added either because they were on the family heraldic shield of his wife, or because he was a Caballero of the Order of Saint James, whose emblem is the shell. Think of the Pilgrims walking with their cockleshells along the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela - the same saint. Quite possibly it was for both reasons. Anyway, there they are. Inside is nothing special, although a free entry is always worth taking up. The Tourist Office is here too, so you can stock up on leaflets and maps. /
So impressive to see this place
A nice house on the outside decorated by shelves and the inside has a nice open space.