Salamanca
 

In Salamanca, you seem to breathe art, culture and knowledge when wandering through its streets and admiring its stately houses, its small palaces, its University, the towers, the Cathedral. The city sits on four hills; for this reason, the Romans used to call it the “little Rome”. This is a very popular city, with thousands of local and foreign students, who come every year to study one of the Spanish languages and its culture, which can be done at either of its two Universities. Salamanca is a lively, cosmopolitan city that is also immersed in history. The uniform colour of its stones, the beauty of its buildings, the friendliness of its people make Salamanca an increasingly attractive place for Spanish and international tourists.

 

Plaza Mayor

 

The Plaza Mayor is an urban space built as a Castilian main square which slowly became the centre of social life in the city. It was built between 1729 and 1756 in the Baroque style. It was designed by architect Alberto Churriguera. As a curious fact, the square is actually an irregular quadrangular shape, where none of its façades are the same length as any of the others. There are, of course, a number of bars and terraces in the square.

 
 

Casa de las Conchas & Clerecía

 

 

The Casa de las Conchas in Salamanca is a Gothic style building. Its construction began in 1493. Currently, it houses a public library, as well as being occasionally used as a venue for events.

What is now known in Salamanca as La Clerecía was originally the old Royal College of the Company of Jesus, and it was built in the Baroque style between the 17th and 18th centuries. When in 1940, the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca was created, which was instituted by Pope Pius XII, the Diocese gave it this building, where several colleges currently carry out their activities.

Cathedrals and Rúa Mayor

 

 

The Catedral Nueva de la Asunción de la Virgen is one of the two cathedrals in Salamanca, in Spain; the other one is known as the Catedral Vieja. It is the seat of the Diocese of Salamanca. It was built between the 16th and 18th centuries, mostly in two styles: Late Gothic and Baroque. It can be visited, even its highest parts, through the Ieronimus programme.

 
 

Universidad de Salamanca

 

 

In Latin, Universitas Studii Salmanticensis, this is the oldest university in Spain still in existence and one of the oldest four in Europe. It was founded in 1218 by king Alfonso IX de León. The façade was built in 1529 and it has its famous frog, an ornamental detail carved on the doorway of the Universidad de Salamanca main building, which has become a symbol of the city. It is said that the first to find the frog in a group of visitors will have good luck.

 
 
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