In Calle de la Compañia is " undoubtedly the most original and most Spanish example of all domestic architecture it is a truly unique combination of naturalist Gothic, Mudejar and Renaissance styles. All this comes together in an exceptional harmony."
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Walls of great artistic beauty.
The House of Shells is in the Gothic style. Its construction was begun at the end of the 15th century, although it also has Renaissance and Mudejar elements. It belongs to what is known as Isabelline art.
This unusual building was created for a nobles wedding is famous due to the exterior decoration consisting of over three hundred shells.
Urban Palace representative of the new nobility of the sixteenth century courtesan .
The building was created for the wedding of Don Rodrigo Arias Maldonado Dona Maria Pimentel.
Shells and flowers, symbols of both families, are scattered throughout the building. There have been major modifications and restorations, it has now become a national library for the enjoyment of all citizens.
In those time of great political and social changes, the Catholic Monarchs strengthened their control and power. They developed a court nobility that in exchange for their obedience is incorporated into the state apparatus and receives significant social and economic privileges.
Contacts with Italy are receiving Renaissance influences that translate into a taste for art and aesthetics.
After the defeat of the Muslims and the peace that followed there is a resurgence of the city, construction of civil buildings multiplied including the urban palace. The city palace became a symbol of power of the nobility. There is a style suggesting influences of a medieval castle: towers, which stand proud on the rest of the buildings in the city, and a crest that would evoke the battlements. The external and internal walls are filled with emblems and symbols of lord of the manor, proud of their status, it shows the rest of the citizens. Salamanca not be left out of this " rebirth "as reflected in an intellectual awakening and architectural expansion.
Calle Compañía 2
37002 Salamanca (Salamanca)