Universidad de Salamanca (University of Salamanca), Salamanca

Universidad de Salamanca (University of Salamanca), Salamanca (must see)

In his short play, the Cave of Salamanca (La Cueva de Salamanca), Miguel de Cervantes, an alumnus of the University of Salamanca, tells a comical story of the Dark Arts taught in the caves around the city. Seriously, Salamanca has been a center of learning since 1218, when King Alfonso IX founded the University of Salamanca.

Pope Alexander IV saw it as one of the four largest universities in the world, alongside those of Oxford, Paris, and Bologna. Its famous professors have included Luis de Leon, Beatriz Galindo, Melchor Cano, Francisco de Vitoria, and Miguel de Unamuno. Miguel de Cervantes, Hernando Cortes, and Christopher Columbus were among the alumni.

Some university facilities are found on the outskirts of the city. University headquarters are located among the historic buildings in the center of town in the Friar Luis de Leon Square (Plaza de Fray Luis de Leon). Student cafeterias, libraries, bookshops, theatres, and student endeavors create a lively near-spontaneous ambiance.

The widely dispersed University of Salamanca is composed of nine teaching and administrative campuses. The campuses are located in Avila, Zamora, Bejar, and Salamanca. The educational centers are housed in six campuses: Historical, Sciences, Campus of Canalejas, Campus Miguel de Unamuno (Health/law), City Garden, and Villa Mayor.

The main building of the University of Salamanca, built from 1415 to 1433, has an elegant Plateresque west facade facing the New Cathedral of Salamanca (1513). Adjoining University buildings include the old residence and library of scholar and writer Miguel de Unamuno, a rector of the University who died in 1936.

South of the New Cathedral is the Neoclassical Anaya College (Colegio de Anaya). The Fonseca College (Colegio de Fonseca), also known as the College of the Irish (1527), was ceded to the Irish to be an Irish seminary after the Peninsular War in 1814. The faculty of Law adjoins the complex. Three residential colleges were built in the 1950s.

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Universidad de Salamanca (University of Salamanca) on Map

Sight Name: Universidad de Salamanca (University of Salamanca)
Sight Location: Salamanca, Spain (See walking tours in Salamanca)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Salamanca, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Salamanca

Create Your Own Walk in Salamanca

Creating your own self-guided walk in Salamanca is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Salamanca Introduction Walking Tour

Salamanca Introduction Walking Tour

Polybius, the ancient Greek historian, called it "Helmantike." Another ancient Greek historian, Plutarch, opted for "Salmatike." The word "Salamanca" itself refers to a "cave," "grotto," or "dark place." Legend says Satan taught Black Magic in the Caves of Salamanca.

Salamanca's splendor began with the royal charter of Alfonso IX...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Salamanca's Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Salamanca's Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Salamanca – one of Spain’s most delightful and intriguing destinations – is a treasure trove of architectural marvels. The abundance of well-preserved, centuries-old wonders of construction tucked away in the labyrinth of narrow lanes in this prestigious university city is truly awe-inspiring. A true feast for the eyes, they are so impressive that the entire historic center of Salamanca was...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles