Salamanca Off The Beaten Path

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    Monument to Maestro Salinas

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 26, 2015

    You will easily find this monument at Calle Mayor or Main Street near Casa de Las Conchas and Clerecia Church. Francisco Salinas (1513-1590) was famous Spanish theorist of music and organist. Although he was blind from early childhood he became the professor of Salamanca University.

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    La Purisima Church

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 26, 2015

    Church of the Convent of Agustinas Recoletas de Monterrey was built in first half of XVII century. Construction was ordered and financed by Manuel de Fonseca y Zúñiga he planned to have there his family pantheon. The same time, entire convent supposed to become a place for the seclusion of his daughter. Three architects Juan Gómez de Mora, Francisco de la Hoya and Antonio de Carassa accomplished construction of that church. Unfortunately we haven’t got in but I know that public can see there the José de Ribera’s Apotheosis of Saint Januarius painted in 1636.
    Admission is free but any donations welcomed and highly appreciated.

    Address: Plaza de las Agustinas, 37002 Salamanca

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    Iglesia de San Benito

    by Oleg_D. Updated Apr 25, 2015

    Church of San Benito or saint benedict was founded in 1104 by settlers arrived from Galicia, although present appearance this church received after the reconstruction in early XVI century, after the reform undertaken by Archbishop Alonso de Fonseca and Acevedo. I was told that interior has a nave with star-ribbed vaults, highlighting the graves of D. Pérez Arias Maldonado and Pedro Hernández Maldonado. Altarpiece is made in the neoclassical style of the XVIII century. Unfortunately church was under restoration and we failed to get in. Outside this church is looking like a fortress and emphasizes on typical Hispano Gothic style. Tympanum is decorated with scenes of the Annunciation. Above these scenes are the shields of Fonseca and Acevedo.
    Address: Plaza San Benito, Salamanca

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    Monument to Don Juan

    by Oleg_D. Updated Apr 25, 2015

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    At Plaza de Monterrey near Palace of Monterey you are going to find the monument to Don Juan. Of course this is no Don Juan from adventure literature and operas. This Don Juan was the son of Fernando and Isabella the Catholics and Crown Prince of united Spain. Being the Crown Prince he had a lot of titles that’s why he was also Prince of Asturias and Senor of Salamanca. He was supposed to become next Spanish king after his parents but alas he died in 1497 even before his parents here in Salamanca. Prince Juan was buried in Monastery of Santo Tome in Avila de los Caballeros. His death changed all European history because after him only one legal successor for Spanish throne left and it was his sister Juana married with Philip son of Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian. Philip died in Spain and Juana went mad and was sent to monastery, their son and Grand son of Fernando and Isabella, Charles become new Spanish King Carlos I and Holy Roman Emperor Carl V.
    Address: Plaza de Monterrey, Salamanca

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    Iglesia de San Pablo

    by Oleg_D. Updated Apr 4, 2015

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    Iglesia de San Pablo or Church of Saint Paul was built by Brother Alberto de la Madre de Dios in XVII century. Originally it was dedicated to Holy Trinity. As far as I know this church was opened and consecrated on July 15, 1667. From the very beginning this church became a part of the Discalced Trinitarians existed here since 1628. After disbandment of monastic orders and secularization of 1834 order of Trinitarians disappeared from this church and convent and church became Parish temple and was rededicated to San Pablo. Unfortunately haven’t been inside.
    Address: Plaza Colón 7, Salamanca

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    Unusual Monument

    by Oleg_D. Updated Apr 4, 2015

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    At Plaza de Anaya in front of southern wall of New Cathedral you are going to find very unusual monument dedicated to Castilian language. Official name of this monument is “The road to Castilian language”. You can see there the map with places important for the creation and development of Castilian. As far as I remember Castilian language appeared in XI century in the monastery of San Millan and later became the base for proper Spanish. You can read text of Great Spanish playwright Lope de Vega dedicated to Castilian language here. To my mind this is good idea to have such monument and Castilian language deserved it!
    Address: Plaza de Anaya, Salamanca

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    Cristobal Colon Monument

    by Oleg_D. Updated Apr 4, 2015

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    Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) Monument is situated in the Square bearing the same name as that seafarer born in Genoa, now Italy. He is the most famous in Spain foreigner who, let me say, rediscovered West hemisphere for Europeans and after that South, Central and big parts of North America are either belong to Spanish culture or under its influence. That monument was installed here in 1892 to celebrate the anniversary Colon’s visit to city of Salamanca. Monument was made by Spanish sculptor Eduardo Barrón González. Colon traditionally points with his finger at West.
    Address: Plaza Colon, Salamanca

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    Visit site of 1812 Battle of Salamanca

    by pedroswift Updated Jul 1, 2013

    A must-visit off-the-beaten-path site for those with an interest in the Napoleonic Period Iberian Peninsula Wars.
    The Battle of Salamanca site is located approximately 6 kms south of Salamanca City at Los Arapiles.
    Read how important the outcome of this battle was to the reputation of Wellington who controlled British, Portuguese and Spanish forces in a famous victory over the French.
    For more info read the tip on my Arapiles page.

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    Sit down at the Plaza Mayor and listen to the tuna

    by Sonia69 Updated Sep 5, 2009

    One thing that any tourist shouldn't miss is to sit down at any terrace of the Plaza Mayor while having a drink and listening to the songs of the romantic tuna. To see them play is the last romantic things people can see in the world, there is nothing compared to the tuna because of different reasons: The tuna is a very ancient institution, dating back to the 10th century, they wear clothes from the 17th century and they sing romantic songs in the street, so that to see them play in the Plaza Mayor is the most romantic and beautiful things tourists should see. There is nothing compared to them.
    The best tuna is the funa of the Salamanca Medical Faculty and apart from singing very well, they are very nice.

    Plaza Mayor Salamanca University Plaza Mayor Plaza Mayor Plaza Mayor
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    Cementario

    by KimberlyBella Updated Jun 30, 2009

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    The cemetery is located on the edge of town at the top of a large hill. I've never seen graves above ground before, as they were in the cemetery, and parts of it are incredibly ancient.

    You can also look down at the town from the paths and it's a nice view of the city. If you're only planning to stay in Salamanca for a short time I wouldn't bother, since it's a very long walk and quite out of the way, but if you're planning to study there or spend a more significant amount of time, I would definitely check it out.

    Cementario The edge of town-across the street del cementario

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    Arribes del Duero

    by Aitana Written May 9, 2009

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    Arribes del Duero is an international natural park traversed by the river Duero, in the border between Spain and Portugal. Part of this park is in the province of Salamanca.
    The natural beauty of this place makes it ideal for a vacation enjoying nature, watching birds and tasting the rich gastronomy of the region.

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    Torre del Clavero

    by Redang Updated Dec 28, 2008

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    Torre del Clavero (Clavero Tower) is part of the palace of Sotomayor. It was built in the 15th century. It has a square base that turns into an octagon as it goes up. Now, it houses the offices of the Salamanca Provincial Government.

    - Address: Calle Consuelo

    - How to get there: From Casa de las Conchas, take Calle Jesús to Plaza de Colón, cross it and you will reach Calle Consuelo, then walk along it (to the left), and there it is.

    Torre del Clavero (Slamanca, Spain) Torre del Clavero (Slamanca, Spain)

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    Iglesia de San Marcos - statues

    by Mikebond Written May 4, 2007

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    To end this virtual visit of San Marcos, have a look at the statues. The ones showed in this tip portray:
    1) Saint Mark the Evangelist;
    2) the crucifix hanging from the top of the main apse;
    3) the Virgin (Christ's mother, as the inscription says);
    4) Mary with the Child (Jesus).

    Saint Mark hanging crucifix Virgin Mary Mary with Child
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    Iglesia de San Marcos - overview

    by Mikebond Updated May 4, 2007

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    Although Saint Mark's church is not one of the most known in Salamanca, you may find it interesting anyway. It is a Romanesque church of the 12th century with an unusual circular shape. Inside, you can see some Gothic paintings and sculptures.

    Address: Plaza de San Marcos
    Phone number: +34 923128900
    Opening times: from 1st April to 30th September, Tue-Sun 10.30-13.30 and 16.00-19.30 h. The rest of the year, it is open only during the masses. Free entrance.

    San Marcos
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    Iglesia de San Marcos - architecture

    by Mikebond Written May 4, 2007

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    The inside of the church consists of a nave and two aisles and has three apses, but the main attractions are the paintings portraying various saints. Have a look at the old bas-relief of the coat of arms (fourth photo).

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