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Convento de las Duenas
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Salamanca Walking Tour
Ranked #15 of 83 things to do in Salamanca
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We were there at lunch time. It was closed. We could see one of its nun though, grabing the bread that had just been left by their door. Very quiet and pretty!

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Just as other reviewers have noted, this is a beautiful and tranquil cloisters, with amazing details in the sculptural elements of the columns etc. The nuns also make excellent cookies, and if you are lucky, the Sister who sells them will regale you with interesting stories. Which brings me to the detail that no one seems to have mentioned. The convent was the home to Sister Theresa, otherwise known as La Negrita, an enslaved West African woman who, captured in the middle seventeenth-century, lived as a slave in Madrid for a decade before being allowed to join the convent and become a Religious. She was recently (2003) beatified, and is on the road to sainthood even as we speak. The convent has a room dedicated to her and will sell you a little hagiography of her life (in English or Spanish). She was interred in the cloister and her sepulcher is quite moving. We were so glad to have stumbled upon this rare history of race and slavery in early Modern Spanish history. It was moving and odd all at once. Definitely worth the price of admission! (which was, btw, only 2 Euros)

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Located next to the convent of San Estebon, this one also offers a chance to the see the cloisters, but little else. The cloisters are unique in that they are not square. The detail around the cloisters are also of special note. Some particularly disturbing figures can be seen there. There is an old map of Salamanca in one of the rooms which I found interesting.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

In a city packed with beautiful sights, this little Convent was a hidden treasure. Serene, calm with a lovely Rose garden at its heart and the most amazing detailed, carved capitals to the stone columns of its ancient cloister. You can even buy home made biscuits and treats prepared by the nuns themselves. A must visit.

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

The old convent was strangely quiet after coming off the busy street. A nun selling sweet biscuits off to one side . The cloister and upstairs area particularly contemplative.

Thank melbourneros
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