Casa de las Muertes, Salamanca

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    Casa de las Muertes - House of the Dead

    by el_ruso Written Apr 20, 2007

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    A fine mansion from XV century. According the legend during construction were found bodies of brothers Manzano killed by a rival family of Monroy.

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    Элегантные палаты XV века. Носят название Дом Смертей потому что при постройке были найдены тела братьев Мансано, убитых их врагами из семьи Монрой.

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    Casa de las Muertes

    by Mikebond Written Dec 27, 2006

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    The Casa de las Muertes (literally "House of the deaths") is another beautiful Plateresque building in the centre of Salamanca. It was built in the early 16th century.
    It is not a real tourist attraction (my Routard guidebook just mention it), but it has a strange name that can catch the tourists' attention. The Wikipedia article on Salamanca says that the name comes from the skulls on the façade, but I have read in VT member acemj's Salamanca page that others suppose the origin of the name is due to a priest murdered by the owner's family and buried inside the house.

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    Casa de Las Muertes

    by acemj Updated Jan 2, 2006

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    The House of the Dead is located just across the street from the Convento de Las Ursulas and was owned by the Archbishop Alonso de Fonseca I's (who is buried there) nephew. Some say that it got its name from the four skulls that sit above its windows, but still others claim a priest was murdered by the family and also that when the foundations were beign dug up, headless bodies were discovered, but these are really local legends. Who knows the truth? I'm not sure, but the building itself is yet another example of a beautiful Plateresque style home.

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