The University of Salamanca
Hallowed tomes and dusty books. Maps and ideas. A wealth of knowledge precariously transferred from century to century via the written and spoken word. Stone walls and ghostly statues of those who walked these corridors time ago. Oxford? Cambridge? La Sorbonne? Try again. You’re in the University of Salamanca, Europe’s first official university.
History of the University of Salamanca
Along with Paris, Oxford and the University of Bologna, the University of Salamanca was said to be one of the “leading lights” of the world. In the context of the dark mid c. 13th, in a Spain battling against Arab rule, it’s easy to see how it was a ray of hope. Its golden sandstone walls, the beautiful Old Library and its intricate Plateresque façades make the University seem to glow from within.
The University of Salamanca today
After a drop in numbers at the end of the Spanish Golden Age in the c. 17th, the amount of students attending the University of Salamanca has steadily grown. Today, there’s more than 30,000.
A large amount of students at the University of Salamanca come from overseas. With the city of Salamanca one of the great originators and curators of the Spanish language, the Spanish spoken here is considered to be something like RP English. This, along with the city’s youthful, fun-loving nature, make it a top destination for foreign students wishing to learn the language.
Buildings of the University of Salamanca
– Universidad de Salamanca
Where: c/ Libreros. When: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 7 pm; Sundays and holidays 10 am to1 pm. The “Cielo de Salamanca” painting in the Old Library is open from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm from Tuesday to Saturday. How much: standard entry € 10; concessions € 5; under twelves and students of the University free entry. Access limited during academic events.
– Casa de las Conchas
Where: c/ Compañia, 2. When: Monday to Friday 9 am to 9 pm; Saturdays 9 pm to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm; Sundays and holidays 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm. How much: free entry.
For all kinds of query regarding studying at, or visiting the University of Salamanca, please refer to the University website.
Penelope – Marketing Team