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

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

St. Stephen's Convent (Convento de San Esteban)
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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia33,801 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    The Dominican Monastery of San Esteban is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is due to both historical and aesthetic reasons. The Dominicans chose Salamanca in the 50s of the XIII century. The current monastery is already the second in this place. Columbus stayed in that first monastery in the early 90s of the XV century, when he came to Salamanca to prove to university geographers the possibility of reaching India by sailing West.. Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon did not just give money for the expedition... The current monastery was built from 1524 to 1610 according to the project of Juan de Alave. The coolest thing about it is the facade of the monastery church in the form of a title page-an altar forming a triumphal arch. San Esteban is St. Stephen, especially appreciated in the Catholic Church, because he has the status of a First Martyr. In the middle part of the facade, sculptor Seroni depicted at the beginning of the XVII century the torments of St. Stephen, who, as is known, was stoned in Jerusalem. Above Stephen is Golgotha with Jesus, modestly reminding that there was a more significant character before the first martyr. Above the arch are the coats of arms of Cardinal Juan of Toledo, reminding who was the initiator and customer of the construction of this Plateresco masterpiece. In the evening, the monastery was closed and I did not see the main altar by Jose Benito de Churrigera, the sacristy of Alonso Sardinha and Juan Moreno and the stairs of de Soto. They deserve a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 16, 2024
  • Travelingjohn123
    Peterlee, United Kingdom3,057 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better than the cathedral
    I enjoyed this convention more than the cathedral. It’s €4.50 so much cheaper but just as much to see. Architecture nearly as good and the balcony around the courtyard very good. It’s a bonus to be able to go to the choir and have a raised view of the church. Would recommend
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 22, 2024
  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Convento de San Esteban
    Convento de San Esteban is part of the UNESCO heritage site "Old City of Salamanca". It was built from 1524 to 1620, to replace the former convent on the same site, and it is in Plateresque style. The imposing façade of the church is flanked by a portico giving access to the convent. There are several areas to visit: the church, the upstairs choir, the Soto stairs, the new and old chapterhouses, the "Royal" or processional cloister, the sacristy: all these are strikingly beautiful. There is also a small museum where the pieces on exhibition mostly come from missions around the world. For some reason, it looks like this convent is off the tourist beat, and there were only a few visitors the day I went.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 21, 2024
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George S
Miami Beach, FL1,612 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
A very imposing church with a beautiful carved facade depicting the martyrdom of St Stephan and the Crucifixion. Though it has a convent attached, the church is very grand and is the main focus. It has a beautiful high altar in gold with several opulent side altars. It also has a huge sacristy. A great photo op from the choir loft on the upper floor. Its facade looks even better at night when it is all illuminated. Along with both cathedrals, this church is a “must see” in Salamanca.
Written October 19, 2022
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CPC1911
Sydney, Australia672 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Definitely worth a visit including the towers. Glorious OTT church, beautiful cloisters and fabulous views from the tower. The history is fascinating but the tours are only in Spanish. I speak Spanish but found it hard to keep up the translation for my non Spanish speaking husband as the tour guide really hurried through the narrative and the tour.
Written April 15, 2023
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Travelingjohn123
Peterlee, UK3,057 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I enjoyed this convention more than the cathedral. It’s €4.50 so much cheaper but just as much to see. Architecture nearly as good and the balcony around the courtyard very good. It’s a bonus to be able to go to the choir and have a raised view of the church.
Would recommend
Written April 22, 2024
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Viorica P
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
This Dominican Convent is a must. It has a spectacular baroque architecture. You need to buy a ticket to visit the church and the museum. The inner courtyard and the church are spectacular. This is a Dominican Convent that backed Columbus's trip to America and pleaded his cause to the Catholic Kings. You can visit the small room in which the monks held council. The courtyard is one of the finest examples of later Gothic highlighted by large mirrors that reverse the perspective. One of the most spectacular examples of Gothic arches. It si a place of peace and meditation. It also has a museum of Indian crafts and quotations of the Dominican relation to the native populations.
Written February 19, 2015
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Randy P
Memphis, TN285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Often it is better to see something without any expectations. We were expecting to be blown away by the Cathedrals here, but not this site. My wife preferred the New Cathedral and I preferred Esteban. The chapel here just blew me away. See both and make up your own mind.
Written December 11, 2019
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CdR
Greater Manchester, UK580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Having visited the two cathedrals, old and new, we weren’t really expecting anything as spectacular within a few hundred metres of those. Wrong again! This convent has a huge church which in most places would be classed as a cathedral due to its size, splendour and workmanship. It could easily be the most magnificent building in Salamanca on it’s own merits.
There are explanations of monastic life around the cloisters and other rooms, but the details of carvings inside and outside this building are second to none in Italy or other great European centres.
Written November 5, 2019
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Meg D
Cardiff, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Amazing monastery with beautiful rooms and a little museum containing a Rubens Madonna and Child (on loan, I think). I loved seeing the church from up in the choir. The alter was incredible. Well worth a visit. Like most things, it closes for a section of the early afternoon (2-4/5).
Written November 1, 2018
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Luckily, the Convento de San Esteban was one of the churches which remained opened on a Sunday afternoon. We were passing by and stopped to admire the magnificence of the 16th century golden Plateresque façade without any hope to get inside, but, surprisingly, the Dominican church was opened and for a minimal charge of 4 Euros we had an hour left in the day to enjoy its beauty. The grandeur of the interior and the cloisters rival the elaborate exterior. Exuberant gilded carvings of the Baroque altar, beautiful 17th century walnut stalls of the upper choir, imposing wide Soto staircase, austere Old and New chapters, graceful and tranquil cloisters unite in one harmonious and solemn ensemble. One of those beautiful places to be taken in slowly and quietly...
Written July 2, 2017
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Oz9
Washington, PA511 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
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.
Written September 1, 2014
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NikoliGogol
Edmonton, Canada1,770 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
In a city of many churches, this convent is absolutely beautiful, day and night, indoor and outdoors.
Written March 8, 2020
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