This elegant hotel is situated in the heart of historic Salamanca, opposite the beautiful Convento de los Dominicos. It offers free Wi-Fi in public areas. The hotel is set in a former palace. It is built around a lovely courtyard dating from the 15th century. The summer terrace is opposite the Convent and it opens from 11:00 until 00:00. It offers views over the Convent and the Plaza del Concilio de Trento. A varied buffet breakfast is served in the morning. This includes hot dishes cooked to order. The restaurant offers daily menus and tapas. NThis property is only metres from the Plaza Mayor. Salamanca Cathedral is a 2-minute walk away. Rooms are all air conditioned. They all have satellite TV, a minibar and a work desk.
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Salamanca is a vibrant university city which charm lies in its medieval past. Here can be found many Pre-roman remains and it is a known fact that Salmántica belonged to the Roman province of Lusitania which was besieged by Hannibal.
During the reign of the Moors, Salamanca was conquered by the Arabs. It was to be lost and retaken several times by the Christians. In 1200, Alfonso IX founded the University, which would become famous worldwide. The Catholic King and Queen came to Salamanca, and King Felipe II was married to María of Portugal in the city.
After the War of Succession, Salamanca was recovered by Felipe V, who stayed a short time in the city in 1710. It was then that the decision to build the Plaza Mayor was made. There are many beautiful examples of Spanish Plateresque style to be seen here.
As far as historical figures, the city boasts of many well-known poets, philosophers, and authors: Fray Luis de León, Antonio de Nebrija, Miguel de Cervantes, San Juan de la Cruz, and Miguel de Unamuno, to name a few.
Salamanca's cathedral is actually two cathedrals built next to each other, consisting of the New Cathedral "La Nueva" and the Old Cathedral "La Vieja." The Old Cathedral of the 12th century is a prime example of Romanic architecture. While the New Cathedral is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture. It was built during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. It is known for height and spiritual grandeur.
The University of Salamanca is one of the oldest in the world, founded by King Alfonso IX in 1243, shortly after the Universities of Bologna and Paris. The building that exists today was built during the time of the Catholic King & Queen, and is praised for its plateresque style. The façade is highly ornamented with detailed figures, the most famous is the "frog on a skull."
Near the University is the famous Casa de las Conchas, landmark of the town. The façade of this 15th century house, which is considered one of the most representative examples of Isabellinian Renaissance style, is ornamented with reliefs of Saint Jacob's conch shells.
This stunning square, created in 18th century by Churriguera, is certainly among the most beautiful in Spain, rivaling the Plaza Mayor of Madrid. It forms the real center of town, both in terms of geography and social life; it is a focal point of daily life in Salamanca. The City Hall is located in the Plaza.
The Roman Bridge
El Puente Romano over the river Tormes, one of the best conserved in all Spain. It has 15 arches reconstructed in the 17th century due to damage caused by flooding; it was part of a main Roman road passing through Salamanca.
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