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St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban)

Plaza del Concilio de Trento, Salamanca, Spain
923-21-50-00
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Ranked #5 of 50 Attractions in Salamanca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Traveler Description: San Esteban is a Dominican monastery built in the 16th century in the Gothic style, but with Plateresque and Baroque decoration. The Cardinal Juan... more »
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Canonbie, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

There is much to see- it is beautifully presented inside.Just a look at the outside portal is worth the detour The admission fee is only 3€

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

If you visit just one place in Salamanca - visit here. This monastery was overwhelmingly beautiful - I highly recommend you visit...it is breathtakingly beautiful...words cannot describe...

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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

For my money this is the superstar in a star city. The interior is not chopped up by a "choir" as is often the case as it is on an elevated platform at the west end. Maybe because it was monastic rather than being a cathedral. Beautiful cloisters, great staircase and a good museum. Nice to see the Dominican quotations... More

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Wisbech
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Like so many historical buildings in this unique old city, San Esteban throws up surprises. Really worth a visit.

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Ponferrada, Castilla y Leon, Spain
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

As a student it only cost 2 euros and with a free guided tour (although only in Spanish). I'd say it's well worth the 3 euros to enter even just to look around never mind the history of the place, which is well worth it too but only explained in Spanish.

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's a must see. 17-th century convent is simply amazing. Find some time for a visit - study the extraordinary facade and inside we especially recommend taking a look at Soto staircase, main reredos, cloisters and sacristy. The facade is beatifully illuminated at night. And lot of storks occupy the towers and spires. Nowadays entrance fee is 3 euros.

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

What a beautful building this is. For a few euros, you can walk through this asethetically pleasing place. Just down from this building (and the cathedral) there is ample parking in an underground garage. A short walk up the hill St. Stephen's is on your right. Take time to be inspired both inside and out.

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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Had the hotel next door for my stay. This is as a stunning place to visit in for what for me was the wonder of Salamanca. The cloisters are beautiful and peaceful: the soto staircase also stands out. I spent a very peaceful morning here with the sun shinning through. The chapel next door which you also access is breathtaking.... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

the admission price - phenomenal for the beauty and history contained within. The exterior facade is breathtaking, in the plasteresque style so common in Salamanca. Once inside you will see beautiful cloisters, the amazing soto staircase and the awe inspiring reredos or altarpiece in gold located in the monastery church created in 1692 by José de Churriguera. It is such... More

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Alicante, Spain
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

A most impressive monastery located right in the heart of this beautiful university town. The guide is simple to follow. The chapel is more impressive than the new cathedral build at the same time.

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