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Convento de Las Dueñas (Convent of the Dames)

Convento de Las Dueñas (Convent of the Dames) Review

Founded in 1419, this convent hides a 16th-century cloister that is the most fantastically decorated in Salamanca, if not in all of Spain. The capitals of its two superimposed Salmantine arcades are crowded with a baffling profusion of grotesques that can absorb you for hours. As you're wandering through, take a moment to look down. The interlocking diamond pattern on the ground floor of the cloister is decorated with the knobby vertebrae of goats and sheep. It's an eerie yet perfect accompaniment to all the grinning, disfigured heads sprouting from the capitals looming above you. Don't leave without buying some sweets; the nuns are excellent bakers.

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  • Address: Pl. del Concilio de Trento s/n, Salamanca, 37001 | Map It
  • Phone: 923/215442
  • Cost: €2
  • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 11–12:45 and 4:30–5:30
  • Location: Salamanca
Updated: 06-13-2013

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