The Main Plaza of Salamanca is Possibly the Most Beautiful Square in Spain
The Plaza de Mayor in Salamanca is an ancient public city square lined with beautiful Baroque style buildings and located in the heart of the city's Old Town. Its image as show here on this Worldwide Gifts collectible refrigerator magnet is an iconic symbol of the city of Salamanca and a lovely souvenir from Spain.
The plaza was built in the early 1700s by Felipe V as a bullfighting arena, in which capacity it was used for over one hundred years. Today the Plaza de Mayor has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the buildings that line the square now include restaurants, jewelry stores and ice cream parlors. The plaza has historically been a social gathering place in the city of Salamanca, and is also connected to the nearby shopping district, Calle del Toro.
More Sites and Attractions of Salamanca, Spain
Although the Plaza de Mayor is the most important public square in Salamanca, the Campo de San Francisco is also a lovely spot that is home to the first public garden in the city. The Plaza del Corrillo is a smaller square adjacent to the Plaza de Mayor where visitors enjoy seeing the San Martin Church and the ancient homes decorated with emblems depicting the various Roman days of the week.
The Capilla de la Vera Cruz is another important church in Salamanca, as are the Old Cathedral built in the 12th century and the New Cathedral completed in the 16th century. The University of Salamanca is the oldest university in Spain and attracts thousands of international students who come here to learn Spanish and immerse themselves in Spanish culture. There are also several splendid palaces to see during your visit to Salamanca, such as the Casa de las Conchas.