The Shell House It is one of the most beautiful and striking places in Salamanca. It is located in the center of the city and is a spectacular Gothic-style mansion named after the more than 300 shells that are embedded in its facade. Definitely a place worth seeing as it is very original. It is currently the Public Library and several cafeterias, and its access is free.
Its construction began in 1943 by order of Rodrigo Maldonado de Talavera, who was a Knight of the Order of Santiago and a member of the Royal Council of Castile. At first, it was built so that the pilgrims who made the Camino de Santiago would stay there so that the city of Salamanca was an important part of the pilgrimage routes.
The Casa de las Conchas is a must for anyone who travels to Salamanca, especially for pilgrims, who see this building as one of the many holy places they find on their way to the Cathedral of Santiago, the end point of their routes. It is especially visited by pilgrims who follow one of the routes that start from the south of the Spanish peninsula.
In the 18th century, the building underwent a major renovation as many cracks appeared, which is why there are some parts that do not have embedded shells. Above the front door is the coat of arms of the Maldonado family, which also appears on the walls and around the windows. Inside there is a spectacular two-story patio with several pillars and columns.
Salamanca (Spain)The Shell house & St.Marcos 薩拉曼卡 -貝殼之家及聖 馬可仕教堂 (September 2020)