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“A simple free attraction with compelling walls” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa de las Conchas

Casa de las Conchas
Ranked #11 of 96 things to do in Salamanca
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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432 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“A simple free attraction with compelling walls”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

This is one of the few places which is free to visit. That said its the exterior which holds the true attraction which it's gated windows and stuccoed walls of shells

Visited July 2014
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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“The internal courtyard is astonishing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

Its free to visit, and this is the house of a Knight who belong to an order that had the shell for their insignia. Its as fresh now as it was when built and well worth a bit of time.

Visited July 2014
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Lisbon
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“Shell-covered fantasy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

This strange building stands out for its façade decorated with seashells (the symbol of the Santiago order), which offers an unusual sight. Built in the beginning of the 16th century by one of the most respected Knights of the mentioned Order, it features a graceful cloister and it is now the main city libraries. For its uniqueness, it has become one of the "ex-libris" of Salamanca and it should not be missed.

Visited July 2014
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Gilbert, Arizona
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“From the outside this did not look like much...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

But when you entered it was beautiful, including a view of the church across the walkway. Beautiful.

Visited May 2014
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Walk around Salamanca centre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

I had wanted to see the Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells) near the University, for many years and was not disappointed. It is pure Spanish architecture that influenced by Spanish culture - not labelled as classic, roman, Byzantene or Rococco. But also all the buildings, whether a laundry or Cathedral in this area are just so Spain. They gave me a warmth hard to express. I just loved walking endlessly around the town. The newly opened Spanish Civil War museum is not to be missed. Shocking documents and artefacts of a silent war not talked about until recently. From a statement on Guernica from Picasso, to medals for killing freemasons. Plenty of shops from trendy to souvenir. The main plaza comes alive in the evening and until the early hours. Hop from tapas bar to tapas bar needing very few euros.
Tip - take that siesta - its the only sleep you'll get during term time and will help you stay out late.

Visited February 2014
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