between the Cathedral Nueva and the Plaza Mayor,
where the Calle de la Compania meets the Rua
Mayor, is the Casa de las Conchas.
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photo - The Casa de las Conchas--house
tourist without knowledge of the
building's famed facade might at first
not recognize the odd protuberances
covering the walls of the building. But
on closer inspection it would be revealed
that each protrusion on the Casa de las
Conchas is actually a shell carved out of
of Casa de las Conchas' exterior wall.
Today the Casa de la Conchas is a modern
library, but it was once a palace of Rodrigo
Maldonado, a knight of the Santiago (Saint James)
Order. The palace was built in the 1500s. The shell that adorns the building is the emblem of
the Santiago Order.
detail right- Casa de las Conchas' interior
|If you pass through the
library entrance, you will enter the
palace's restored courtyard.