Salamanca offers visitors a wealth of attractions. Today, we are thrilled to be able to tell you about a new one, to be launched in 2015, which reflects the dichotomy between celebration and reflection that is present in the city. In honour of the 5th Centenary of the birth of Santa Teresa, the Department of Tourism is going to launch a series of routes that will encompass the key points of her time here, on the banks of the River Tormes.
For those of us who were born and bred here, it is common knowledge that Salamanca was an important city for Santa Teresa de Jesus. For visitors, it is the perfect excuse to get to know our architecture from a different perspective.
There will be two different routes under the common umbrella of “Tras las huellas de Santa Teresa” or “On the trail of Santa Teresa”:
The first features places in Salamanca that are inextricably linked to the life of the author of “The Book of the Foundations”. The starting point is the Casa-Convento de Santa Teresa, home to the nun from 1570 and to her Seventh Foundation. Built in the fifteenth century, its austere façade does not do justice to the wealth of relics that are found inside. La Clerecía – or the Church of the Holy Spirit – and the University, whose buildings we have already mentioned in previous posts, are the next stops. What we haven’t mentioned before is that in 1922, Unamuno named Saint Teresa a Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Salamanca while he was its Rector. The New Cathedral, where a chapel bears her name, the Convent of San Esteban and the Plaza Mayor complete the tour.
The second route is closely linked with female spirituality. Again, the starting point is the Casa-Convento de Santa Teresa and continues with three semi-enclosed order convents: Santa María de las Dueñas, Santa Clara, which has its own museum, and Las Úrsulas. These tranquil havens with their beautiful architecture and historical riches will be opening their doors for the occasion. An experience not to be missed!
Have a great weekend!