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“Delightful personal guided tour”

Convento Las Claras
Reviewed 26 June 2015

We turned up here, on the E edge of Salamanca old town, just before lunchtime closing. It seemed locked up so we turned away, only to be called back by a lady who took us on a personal guided tour. She didn't speak any English or French but was so expressive that we understood most of what she said. It's a fascinating place with a great mixture of styles and exhibits. The highlight was up above the domed ceiling of the church, seeing the original wooden roof (2 layers) and quirky paintings. Superb value at €3 each and I gave her another €5 towards the restoration fund, it was so interesting. NB: the name of the place is Convento de Santa Clara, not Las Claras.

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Reviewed 1 January 2015

Nice exterior but not much to see inside as it is the local library' not sure why this is on the must list

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Reviewed 1 September 2014

The outside of this building is quite plain but once inside, there are multiple reasons to be awed by the art and architecture. The altar is the centerpiece.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

This convent has a rather strange set-up. A very friendly woman shows people around but you can only get in every hour or so. The lady escorts you to various parts and then lets you look around yourself or at times accompanies you. There are lots of wonderful things in this convent including medieval wall frescoes which were discovered relatively recently. You can also go up to above the false roof of the church so that you can see the beautiful wooden original ceiling. Attached to the convent is a comprehensive museum of village life which was donated by a priest who lived for years in the village and who acquired lots of interesting material. This is definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We visited this during our recent trip to Salamanca. At first, when we turned up, we couldn't work out how to get in, even although there was a timetable of guided tours (they seem to run over 50 minutes from 9.30 when they're open). Another visitor managed to find a nun and we were able to go on the tour. It costs only €3, but is worth far more.

The nun didn't speak English, but they have an information leaflet in English that has a very good explanation about what you see. And what you see is absolutely enchanting.

There are lovely 14th C wall paintings in the lower choir that were uncovered in 1976 after some whitewash was taken off. These are in varying states, but really interesting.The bits of the cloister that you can visit has a great wooden ceiling. Upstairs, you can see into the church, which has a tremendous golden altarpiece. But the two standout things are the coffered ceiling and the ethnographic museum they have.

You have to walk over the top of the church ceiling (a weird experience) and then you get to see the most amazing ceiling from the 14th C, with great paintwork. It really is a great sight and all the more interesting for being so unassuming.

The small museum shows various artefacts from working life gone by and is a nice insight into the rural trades. There is also a large collection of nativity sets form all over the world and other various religious artworks.

The nun who showed us around was charming, full of smiles and very friendly. It is a very appealing place to visit and was our favourite place to visit in Salamance, after the cathedral. The other convents and monasteries are good in their own way, but the personal touch from seeing one of the nuns made the difference. A good place to visit and you get to see some great things.

4  Thank madamedefarge
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