Two hundred meters east of the cathedrals Nueva and Vieja you will discover another of the jewels of Salamanca the Church and Convent of San Esteban (Saint Stephen).
The first impression of its majestic plateresque facade with pronounced reliefs and statues is magnificent. Above the door is the Martyrdom of St. Stephen by Ceroni from 1610.
Next to the church stands the imposing Convento de San Esteban. The architecture is a combination of Gothic and Renaissance influences.
The convent, still active, belongs to the order of the Dominicans since the 13th c. I was always told that Dominicans and Jesuits are the most intellectual among the catholic orders (Saint Thomas d'Aquino was a Dominican). Actually Columbus came here to discuss with the Dominicans and the geographers of the University his project of a voyage to the Indies.
See the storks on the top of the convent façade.
Church and Convent can be visited. I regret we missed the visit because it was closed for the siesta.
Open: 10 - 13 h and 16 - 19 h. Price 3€
This convent belongs to the Order of the Dominicans. It was built between the 16th and the 17th centuries and, although it is a Gothic building, its decoration is Plateresque and Baroque.
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The facade of St. Stephen's Convent is spectacular. Unfortunately for me, the sun was hiding the whole time I was in Salamanca and I wasn't able to see the famous stone glimmering in the late afternoon light, but if you have better weather, I would definitely recommend visiting this place late in the day.
You'll cross a small bridge from the Plaza Concilio de Trento and come face to face with the amazing details of the Plateresque facade. The focal point is Ceroni's Martyrdom of St. Stephen (1610) and just above that is a Calvary scene. Inside the church (enter by the small door to the right of the facade), you'll find a single nave flanked by side chapels. The church was the design of one of the convent's monks, Juan de Alava and construction began in 1524. The highlights are the high altar by Churriguera, which was completed between 1691 and 1693 and Claudio Coello's painting of the Stoning of St. Stephen. You also cannot miss the beautiful, Italian style Patio de los Reyes, a peaceful and detail-rich space that includes Plateresque and Gothic elements.
The construction of this building started in 1524 and was finished in 1610. The first architect was Juan de Avila, later followed by famous architects like Rodrigo Gil de Hontanon and Diego de Salcedo. The building is a good example of the Plateresque style.
The Convent and Church of San Esteban are a magnificent architectural group. The church’s façade is composed of carved figures and elements from top to bottom, all built in the golden stone that characterizes Salamanca – this church was actually one of the buildings that impressed me the most in the city.
The Convent is Dominican and inside there are the cloisters (Claustro de Los Reyes) finished in 1591 and with details of both Gothic and Renaissance styles. The church was built in the 16th century and shows some plateresque details. This complex – Convent and church – are dedicated to San Esteban, who was thrown stones at; this scene is portrayed on a painting in the church’s retable.
It is said that Columbus talked with the Dominican in this convent about his travels to India in a room called “De profundis”.
San Esteban is a Dominican monastery of 16th century; the picture shows a detail of the frontage. Of course, the towers of this monastery have their own storks nests!
San Esteban is un monasterio Dominico del siglo XVI; la foto muestra un detalle de la fachada. Por supuesto, las torres de este monasterio tienen sus propios nidos de cigüeñas!