This is a large square with plenty of places to eat and drink and watch the world go by. Perhaps the finest in Spain, Philip V built the square between 1729 and 1733. There are plenty of students in Salamanca leading to lively nightlife around the square.
After touring for more than twenty years through Spain this is imo the nicest plaza mayor of the country, even nicer than the one of Madrid.
Built between 1729 and 1755 by King Philippe V to reward the city of its loyalty during the war of Succession with as architects the brothers Churriguera, the plaza shows a great homogeneity of baroque style architecture.
The plaza is always, even late at night, full of live with a number of terraces of restaurants and bars.
It's funny to think that a century ago this plaza served also as plaza de torros for bullfights. From all plazas in Spain only one is still used for bullfights and that is the one of Chinchon (near Madrid - ref. my tips).
This is one of the most beautiful squares in Spain. It was built in Baroque style according to the plans of Alberto Churriguera. The City Hall, a Baroque building that has five granite arches and a steeple decorated with allegoric figures, is on the north side (first four pics). In its decoration several medallions stand out (last pic), including those of Charles I, Alfonso XI, Ferdinand VI, Cervantes and St. Theresa. The façades of the buildings are three storeys high, with semicircular arches and balustrades. Today, this square is one of the most lively and popular places in Salamanca.
At the beginning, the major square of Salamanca lied close to the ancient Puerta del Sol and to the iglesia de San Martín, thus it was known as Plaza de San Martín.
Later on, the square expanded and was judged as "the largest square of the Christian world".
Architect Alberto de Churriguera started building the palaces on the perimeter in 1724, but only around 1955 will the square get its current feature. Before, there was a garden with trees in the middle. Maybe it was more beautiful...
These two pictures show the Ayuntamiento (city hall).
Every city in Spain (or at least the vast majority) have a large arcaded plaza in the center, and the Salamanca's is the finest I have seen. The arcades are decorated with portraits of Spanish monarchs and Franco, and along its sides you can sit at a table, have a veal steak and watch people pass by. The information booth is here also, but it is not open all day. You can't miss it, and you will want to linger here longer than planned.
I had been to Spain on three previous trips and I had always heard about the amazing Plaza Mayor in Salamanca. It is one of the largest in Spain and was built in the 1730 by Nicolas Churriguera and ever since has been a great gathering spot for locals and travelers alike. I was immediately struck with how, well . . . square the square is. Not all plazas in Spain are actually so square and this one really gives you the feeling of being enclosed in a beautiful box. I guess that makes sense, since until the late 19th century, the square was used to hold bullfights. In fact, one of the main arches leading out of the square is the Arco del Toro. The northern side is dominated by the Town Hall (ayuntamiento) and a careful look around the square will reveal some fascinating Baroque architectural details. The arcades surrounding the square have some interesting characters carved into the pillars all of whom have some historical tie to the city.
Finally, we make our way up Rua Mayor to the Plaza Mayor, a perfect place to end our tour. In this beautiful, arcaded square, Salamantinos plan to meet later under the clock for some ice cream at the Heladeria. Being the central part of Salamanca, people run into friends here at any time of day, making the Plaza Mayor the perfect meeting place.
Built in the 18th century, the Salamanca's Plaza Mayor is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. Baroque style with characteristic spanish decorations, the square is the heart and soul of the city.
The City Hall is found in this plaza, and much of the educational activity and daily life takes place here.
A few terraces around the Plaza are quite nice to enjoy the movement in the plaza while relaxing...
This is the main square in town. Everyone knows where it is, and it's always crowded. There are restaurants and boutiques in it, and around it. Since everyone knows where it is, it's a great place to meet up with someone or to use as a reference point.
The plaza mayor in Salamanca is one of the most famous in Spain. And in the evening after the sun sets, the plaza lights up and the lights give it a golden glow - very beautiful! And at night, you'll probably see some tunas (groups of student musicians in minstrel costumes) or street performers doing a little show for the crowd. Sometimes during festivals and other events, a stage is set up and there are concerts and shows for the general public. It can be everything from traditional dance shows to school band concerts to pop concerts.
The buildings on Plaza Mayor have arcades underneath. The columns are decorated with medallions made in white and grey stone that depict people - they represent those who were important to the city and the city's history, such as Unamuno and Luis de León. In every arch there is also a beautiful lamp made in iron and glass.
Plaza Mayor is the starting point to visit Salamanca. It is a fantastic square, built in stone that turns golden on the sun. This Baroque style square was designed by Alberto Churriguera and was built between 1729 and 1755. Some say it is amongst the prettiest squares with porticos in Europe - it is indeed an imposing and beautiful square that causes impression on visitors. This square is lively - there were many people around when we visited, both tourists and locals. There are varied shops on the arcades and some cafes, some of which have open-air tables on the square - the perfect place to sit on sunny days and enjoy the place over some drink.
Plaza Mayor is Spanish for Main Square. Every city in Spain has one. But to y belief the one in Salamanca is the most beautiful of them all. It was built in the 18th century and is the heart of the city.
Plaza Mayor (Main Square), was built at 18th century; it is a work of Churriguera brothers.
Spaniard Kings and several writers are represented all around the square.
La Plaza Mayor fue contruida en el siglo XVIII; es una obra de los hermanos Churriguera. Los Reyes de España y numerosos escritores están representados en torno a la plaza.
This is a beautiful promenade that connects Plaza Mayor to the cathedral and Clerecia. It is lined with restaurants and shops.
Day or night... a fascinating place. It has been written a lot about this, I just can advise you to go there, and experience it!