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Halfway 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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Above photo - The Casa de las Conchas--house of shells.

A casual 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 stone.

Detail 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 1500’s. The shell that adorns the building is the emblem of the Santiago Order.


Above and detail right- Casa de las Conchas' interior courtyard.
If you pass through the library entrance, you will enter the palace's restored courtyard.

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This page last updated December 2007, information primarily from my 2003 Spain visit.