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Convento de las Dueñas.
The monastery called Convento de las Dueñas meaning monastery of the Mistresses is a nickname because it was intended as a religious retreat for aristocrats.
The outside is sober but inside the cloister is one of the highlights of Renaissance art in Salamanca.
Built in 1533 on a unique irregular pentagonal plan adapted to the primitive arrangement of dependencies. The smaller side has only two arches, while others reach six or seven arches. In the middle there is a nice garden. The bottom has wide arches on columns with medallions.
On the top floor, the pillars are much closer together with an opulent decoration I have never seen anywhere else. The capitals have an endless imagination and variety. Fantastic beasts, grotesques and devils in all possible combinations and positions depicted. They are of an unknown artist.
One should not miss this expression of fantastic sculptural art.
Open: Monday to Saturday: 11.00 to 12.45 h and 16.30 to 18.45 h.
Closed Sundays and holidays.
Price: 2 €
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Convento de las Dueñas
Opposite to Convent San Esteban is situated the Convent of Las Dueñas. It is a beautiful Dominican convent whose construction dates back to 1419; the convent was built from a palace owned by D. Juana Rodriguez Maldonado (who ordered the construction of the convent) and there are still some Muslim traces – namely, a Moorish arch on the cloister. Seen from the outside, this convent seems austere but when inside visitors will be amazed by its richness in style – mainly the Renaissance cloister.
See the cloisters at the...
See the cloisters at the Convento de las Dueñas.
Probably the prettiest cloisters in Salamanca - but also see the Convento de San Esteban nearby.
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