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Clerecia (Iglesia del Espiritu Santo)

Compania, 1-5, 37002 Salamanca, Spain
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Ranked #14 of 51 attractions in Salamanca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: The Clerecia The Pontifical University occupies the Clerecia, which is also known as the Real Colegio del Espiritu Santo, once belonging to the... more »
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Like with the old and new cathedral, you get free access every Tuesday from 10 to 12. The view from the top is outstanding putting the Salamanca experience in a different perspective.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Views from the towers of La Clerecia (Scala Coeli) are spectacular and well worth the effort of climbing all those stairs! Didn't have much chance to visit the interior of the church (as it closed during our visit for a wedding)

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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We went to this place on a Tuesday between 1000-1200hrs when there is a free entry and guide up to the top of the spires - a lot of steps so be warned ! Great views from top though

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Derby, United Kingdom
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86 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We didn't visit anything of the university, but decided to go up the towers instead. There are rather a lot of steps, but the views from the top of the towers are really good and you are higher here than you are in the cathedral tower. It's really good being able to see over the top of the university and... More

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Whittier CA
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7 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Clerecia is one of the oldest churches in Salamanca. The tours are very interesting and informative. I am not sure whether they are given in English, but the guide who led us in Spanish was very well informed.

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Paris, France
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

The pontifical university can be visited only with guided tours, and our guide was very interesting, and the place is worth of a visit.

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Paris, France
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

The architecture and carvings are amazing. I haven't been to the top altough I'm sure its terrific (I also recommend the top of the new cathedral) I have been to the guided tour inside the building and I really recommend it, since it's not too long (45min), beautiful stairs and painted ceilings and really cool price

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The views of Salamanca from the spires is really spectacular

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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

The Clerecia is occupied by the Pontifical University and is a residence for priests and students. It was founded by Felipe III and Margarita of Austria. The façade is Baroque and is decorated with many Corinthian columns, and there are two high towers that are very impressive. Cirstobal de Honorato designed the Baroque high altarpiece. The patio is one of... More

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