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Archbishop Fonseca College

  • Cloister in the Arzobispo Fonseca College. Salamanca © Turespaña

    Cloister in the Arzobispo Fonseca College. Salamanca © Turespaña

  

Category

Architecture and civil engineering

Date

Siglo XVI

Style

Renaissance
Calle Fonseca 4
37002 Salamanca
Salamanca, Castile-Leon
Salamanca

Telephone+34 923294570

Fax+34 923294645

E-mailfonseca@usal.es

The Arzobispo Fonseca College, or Los Irlandeses, belongs to a group of buildings that have been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in Salamanca, together with its old quarter.

It was built in 1538 by Don Alfonso de Fonseca y Acebedo, Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela and Toledo. The architect in charge of the project was Diego de Siloé. It is built around a courtyard which is accessed through a hall with an ogive vault with star motifs. The courtyard gallery has two floors: the lower floor has semicircular arches and the upper floor has low arches. Both floors are decorated with medallions, the work of Juan de Álava y Pedro de Ibarra, representing a series of “Uomini Famosi”. Sculptures of San Agustín and San Ildefonso can be found on the main façade, alongside the medallion of Santiago in the battle of Clavijo. In its chapel, the altarpiece made up of paintings and sculptures by Alonso Berruguete stands out especially. It is currently a university residence.

Practical information

Timetables

 

Monday to Friday

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Rates

 

General: €2

Reduced: €1

Free admission with the ticket for the Historic University
Building.
 

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Calendar

Penitents. Easter week in Salamanca © Oscar García. Turismo y Comunicación de Salamanca, S.A.U

Mar 25, 2018 to Apr 1, 2018

Festivity of International Tourist Interest

Salamanca
Easter Week in Salamanca

Dramatised visit to the Convent of San Esteban © Turismo de Salamanca

Visitors wishing to take part should register at the municipal tourist office, as the groups are limited in size.     

Performance

Salamanca - Salamanca
The Keys to the City

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To be confirmed 2018

Festival

Salamanca
Castile-Leon International Arts Festival

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To be confirmed 2018

Salamanca
Salamanca Fair

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