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Tour 2017


City Hall of Salamanca. Plaza Mayor

The works of the artists and companies participating in the competition section are projected on the facade of the City Hall of Salamanca. The Plaza Mayor of Salamanca condenses and describes the events and transformations that the city has undergone throughout its history. The construction of its present appearance took place between 1729 and 1756. Since then, the square has witnessed the most important cultural, political, civil, festive and religious events of the city.

The Plaza Mayor of Salamanca was declared a National Monument in 1935, for being the most decorated, proportioned and harmonious square of its time. It was also considered a Historic Artistic Monument in 1973.

The plaza reached its 250th anniversary at the dawn of the twenty-first century.


Casa de las Conchas

The Casa de las Conchas is an old urban palace of Gothic style. Its construction began at the end of the 15th century, although it is also endowed with Renaissance and Mudejar elements. It belongs to the so-called Isabelline art.

This civil building attracts the visitor’s attention thanks to the more than three hundred shells that decorate its walls. In the eighteenth century it suffered cracking, so it was remodelled in its highest part, which lacks the shells that decorate the rest of the facade. Its entrance door, with a gothic shield in its upper part that contains represented the fleurs de lis is also of note. It currently houses the Salamanca Public Library and an information office.


University of Salamanca’s historical building. Patio of Schools

The cover of its facade is divided into three sections. In the central road from the first section appears a medallion that includes the image of the Catholic Kings, Fernando and Isabel, together with a Greek written text that says “The Kings to the University and the University to the Kings”. In the second section three shields appear, the largest one has representations of all the kingdoms that gathered Spain by the time of the construction.

patio barroco

Pontifical University of Salamanca’s historical building. Patio Barroco


New Cathedral. Plaza de Anaya

The Cathedral of the Virgin Assumption, popularly called the New Cathedral, is one of the two cathedrals of the city of Salamanca together with the Old Cathedral. It is the headquarters of the diocese of Salamanca. It was built between the 16th and 18th centuries mixing late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. It is the second largest cathedral of Spain in dimensions and its bell tower occupies the second position also in height among the Spanish cathedrals, with 110 meters.


Convent of San Esteban Church

The Dominicans settled in Salamanca between 1255 and 1256. In the present site, occupied by the parish church of San Esteban, they erected a convent that was destroyed to build the current one in 1524 on the initiative of Cardinal Fray Juan Álvarez de Toledo.

According to tradition, Columbus stayed in the primitive convent when he went to Salamanca to defend before the geographers of the University the possibility of reaching the Indies by sailing towards the West.

During the Counter-Reformation it was an important center where many Dominican fathers were formed. They founded the Salamanca School, with Francisco de Vitoria at the head, and helped  St. Teresa de Jesus and St. Ignacio de Loyola.


Plaza de Colon


The festival starts on Thursday, June the 15th and ends on Sunday, June the 18th, 2017.

The building lighting schedule:

  • Thursday and Sunday, from 10.45 pm until 1 am.
  • Friday and Saturday, from 10.45 pm until 2 am.
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