I liked this plaza as much as the Plaza Mayor. Looking south one can admire the Catedral Nueva and opposite the Palace of Anaya in neoclassical style. The main façade has a large doorway with stairs and four columns topped with a pediment. This is the old College of St. Bartholomew, founded in 1401 by Don Diego de Anaya and now Faculty of Philology.
To the left of the façade is the church of San Sebastian the former chapel of the College.
On the plaza are nice trees providing welcome shade "sombra". Actually this square was created by the French general Thiebault who, during the War of Independence put its headquarters in the College of St. Bartholomew. To improve vision of the cathedrals he did demolish the houses of the council, which were located in the current space occupied by the plaza.
The square in front of the cathedral is named after Fray Anaya who was a famous professor at the University. it offers opportunity to sit down and relax surrounded by majesty of Salamanca's architecture.
The Palacio de Anaya, also known as Colegio Mayor de San Bartolomé was founded by Diego de Anaya in the 15th century. However, the present building, in neoclassic style, dates back to the 18th century. Today it houses the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras of the university.
The Palacio de Anaya houses the university's Faculty of Modern Languages and the present building, which dates to the 1860s is in the neoclassical architectural style. Visiting is free and you shouldn't miss the courtyard, the beautiful staircase and the main hall which is lined with paintings of Spanish Kings. It is located just across the plaza from the New Cathedral and can be visited from 8 am - 9:30 pm, Monday through Friday and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday.
Palacio Anaya is situated across the New Cathedral, on a square called Anaya as the Palace. This Palace is one of the few Neo-Classical buildings in Salamanca. It housed the Colegio Mayor, the oldest in town and was ordered by Dom Diego de Anaya e Maldonado in 1401. On this square, shaded by some trees, you will find lots of students, both in the stairs that lead to the palace and in the benches on the square.
This plaza has buildings of the University of Salamanca, as well as the Cathedral. It's a nice place to relax, and check out ancient architecture. The U of Salamanca is one of the oldest universities in Europe (dating back to the early 13th Century), so if you like Medieval architecture and stone buildings, you'll love it.
This one is also good to use as a reference point and meeting place.