University of Salamanca

Salamanca, Spain

The University of Salamanca was founded in 1134 and given the Royal charter of foundation by King Alfonso IX in 1218. It is the oldest founded university in Spain and the third oldest university in the world in continuous operations. The formal title of 'University' was granted by King Alfonso X in 1254 and recognized by Pope Alexander IV in 1255.

Set of buildings that made up the university are situated around the square known as Patio de Escuelas. In this same square is the home of the Doctors of the Queen (15th century), whose façade is Gothic with Renaissance details and is now the Museum of Salamanca.



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Founded: 1134
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Spain

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K P (4 months ago)
May 2023 We went for a walk around of this university with a tour guide. An amazing beautiful, old architectural wonder. The population of Salamanca is 170,000 and there are 30,000 students. Salamanca is the home of learning Spanish, and there are also many private schools. This is the oldest and continually operating university in Spain.
Kiana Sanajou (5 months ago)
Salamanca University is a treasure trove of history and academia. The ancient lecture halls and ornate architecture transport you to another era. Walking through its historic corridors, I couldn't help but feel a sense of scholarly inspiration. The charming courtyards and vibrant student life added a delightful modern twist to this living piece of history. There is a 5 euro entrance fee gor student (don’t remember for the rest) but I have to say didn’t expect this nonsense payment! Try to find the frog in the facade otherwise you wont succeed in your exams ?
Kelsey Burns (7 months ago)
The University is a focal point to this town and I believe is the oldest University in Spain. Beautiful buildings/architecture!
Eric Wong (11 months ago)
Visited on 21 Jun 2023
C R (14 months ago)
Lots to see here. Beautiful architecture. Professors are very nice, helpful and welcoming.
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The Church of the Holy Cross

The church of the former Franciscan monastery was built probably between 1515 and 1520. It is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Rauma. The church stands by the small stream of Raumanjoki (Rauma river).

The exact age of the Church of the Holy Cross is unknown, but it was built to serve as the monastery church of the Rauma Franciscan Friary. The monastery had been established in the early 15th century and a wooden church was built on this location around the year 1420.

The Church of the Holy Cross served the monastery until 1538, when it was abandoned for a hundred years as the Franciscan friary was disbanded in the Swedish Reformation. The church was re-established as a Lutheran church in 1640, when the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity was destroyed by fire.

The choir of the two-aisle grey granite church features medieval murals and frescoes. The white steeple of the church was built in 1816 and has served as a landmark for seafarers.