Friday, August 30, 2013

The House of Shells

Our summer car trip was a phenomenal experience, it felt so different from car trips I have taken back home. I have traveled from one state to another in the USA, and although the experience was equally remarkable, there was something exhilarating about traveling across Spain. It is simple to explain in one word: architecture. 

The second city we stopped at on our cross country trip was Salamanca. You MUST visit this city if you have cultural and historical inclinations in your travels. Salamanca is a city that enchants visitors with its buildings designed in the Romanesque, Gothic and Plateresque styles. There are many intricate and ornate facades of buildings in the old quarter requiring paused visits. Spending one day to visit Salamanca is fine, but if you prefer to delve into the rich history of this city, two days would be better.

La Casa de las Conchas is a queer building with more than 300 shells adorning the outside of the building. The shells allude to the Order of Santiago and the Way of the  St. James Pilgrimage. The former five hundred year-old mansion now houses a library you can visit, allowing visitors to walk the perimeter of the interior patio.

Fins Ara

The mansion was built by Rodrigo Arias de Maldonado, a knight of the Order of Santiago de Compostela.

A water well adding to the prestige and functionality of the mansion in its day.

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