6-day trip to Valencia

Visiting the Town Hall Square (Plaça de l’ Ayuntamiento), Post Office Building (Edificio de Correos), Museum of the City (Museo de la Ciutat), North Station (Estación del Norte), Bullring (Plaza de Toros), Central Market (Mercado Central), Church of Saints John (Iglesia de los Santos Juanes), Silk Exchange (la Lonja de la Seda), Round Square (Plaça Redonda), St. Catherine’s Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina), Cathedral (Seu) , Bell tower of the Cathedral (Miguelete), Holy Grail Chapele (Cappilla of the Holy Grail), Virgin Square (Plaza de la Virgen), Palace of the Generalitat (the Generalitat), the Basilica of the Virgin of the Forsaken (Basílica de la Virgen de los Desamparados) , Almoina Square (Plaça de la Almoina),the Almudin (Almudin), Museum of Pottery (Museo de la Ceramica) , Palace del Marqués de Dos Aguas, Convent of San Domenico (Antiguo Convento de Santo Domingo), Colombo market (Mercado de Colón), University of Arts (Universidad Literaria), Colegio del Patriarca, the Serranos Towers (Torres de Serranos), Asilo of the Marquis del Campo, Turia Gardens (Jardì Turia), Gulliver , Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes), the Music Palace (Palau de la Musica) , Bridge of  Exposure (Puente de la Exposicion), Ponte del Real (Puente del Real), City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciències), Palace of Arts Reina Sofia (Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia), Hemispheric (Hemisfèric), Prince Felipe Science Museum (Museo de les Ciències Principe Felipe), Humbracle, Oceanographic (Oceanogràfic), 32nd America ‘s Cup.

Town Hall Square, Post Office Building, City Museum

Valencia recently opened to tourism, not only having been chosen as the venue for the next America ‘s Cup, but especially for the recent inauguration of the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences.We started our tour of the city from the Plaça del Ayuntamiento (Town Hall Square) characterized by a spectacular fountain and several important buildings, such as the Edificio de Correos (Post Office Building). Inside the Town Hall there is the  “Museu de la Ciutat” (City Museum).
Plaça del Ayuntamiento (Town Hall Square)

Plaça del Ayuntamiento (Town Hall Square)

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Northern Station

Not far, there is the Estación del Norte (Northern Station), a modernist palace built in the early 1900. It is characterized by beautiful stained glass windows and colourful ceramics, as well as numerous mosaics and wrought iron works
Northern Station

Northern Station

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Plaza de Toros and Central Market

Nearby, in the city centre, we found the Plaza de Toros (Bullring), an imposing building of mid-1800, which hosts the main bull fighting during the ”Feria de Julio” (July Fair).The huge “Mercado Central” (Central Market), unfortunately under repair,  presents  beautiful stained glass windows and coloured tiles on an iron structure . In the market there are almost a thousand selling stalls
Placa de Toros

Placa de Toros

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Church of los Santos Juanes and Lonja de la Seda

Among the Central Market and the Lonja we visited the “Iglesia de los Santos Juanes” (church of Saints John -Baptist and Evangelist) with a beautiful sculpture of the Virgin of the Rosary. On the upper part of the façade, it stands the weathervane known as ”el Pajaro de San Juan” (Saint John’s sparrow).

La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) is the most representative monument of Valencia. In fact it is a splendid example of Valencian Gothic and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

La Lonja

La Lonja

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Round Square, Church of Santa Caterina, Bell Tower, Cathedral, the Belfry (“Miguelete”), Holy Grail Chapel

The Plaça Redonda (Round Square),which is surrounded by shops and has a central fountain, is so small that, in Valencia, is known as “el clot ” (the hole). The nearby Iglesia de Santa Catalina is one of the oldest church and is characterized by a hexagonal Bell Tower, which, thanks to its beauty, has become the emblem of the city.

The “Iglesia de la Seo” (Valencia Cathedral), dating back to the thirteenth century, presents different styles as we can see in its three portals: the baroque one ”Puerta de los Hierros” (Iron portal ) , the Gothic one “Puerta de los Apóstoles” (Portal of the Apostles) and the Roman portal called “Puerta del Palau”.

The Belfry, saidMiguelete”, is an impressive octagonal Gothic tower.

Inside, there is the Holy Grail Chapel where there is  the chalice that, it is said , was used at the Last Supper.

Holy Grail Chapel

Holy Grail Chapel

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Plaza de la Virgen, Fontain of Neptune, Palace of Generalitat, Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados

Behind the Cathedral, we visited the “Plaza de la Virgen” dominated by the fountain of Neptune.

Overlooking the square, in addition to the back side of the Seu, there are ​​the Palace of the “Generalitat Valenciana”, symbol of the city’s independence and seat of the Cortes, and the “Basílica de la Virgen de los Desamparados” (Basilica of Our Lady of the Forsaken).

The Basilica houses the statue of the Virgin of the Forsaken, the patron saint of Valencia.

Plaça de la Virgen

Plaça de la Virgen

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Plaza de la Almoina, Roman Valencia, Almudìn, National Museum of Pottery

On the opposite side of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Forsaken, there is the Plaça de la Almoina. Most of the square is paved with large glasses, covered by a thin sheet of water, from where we could admire the remains of the Roman Valencia.The Almudin was a warehouse where the wheat was harvested and sold; the walls are decorated with frescoes depicting religious scenes. During the visit we could also admire the Exhibition of the famous American photographer Steve McCurry ( Philadelphia, 1950).

The Museo Nacional de Ceramica (National Museum of Pottery) is located in the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. It is interesting its portal decorated in alabaster . The Museum hosts beautiful pottery and the rich and interesting reconstruction of a Valencian kitchen .

National Museum of Pottery

National Museum of Pottery

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Ancient Convent of San Domingo, Mercado de Colon, Universidad Literaria and Patriarca complex

The “Antiguo Convento de Santo Domingo” is only partially open to the public (Kings’ Chapel). The Mercado de Colón, recently restored, is one of the representative modernist monuments of the city. It is particularly interesting the “Trencadis” (a ceramic mosaic).

The Universidad Literaria and the Patriarca complex overlook the Plaça del Patriarca. The “Colegio del Patriarca” includes the Chapel of the Communion and the Art Gallery.

Mercado Colon

Mercado Colon

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Torres de Serranos, Asilo del Marqués de Campo, church and Charity House, Valencia palaces

In excellent condition, we found the Gothic Serranos Towers. Dating back to 1200, they testify the old massive walls of Valencia’s fortification.

The “Asilo del Marqués de Campo” (Refuge of the Marques de Campo), with the adjoining church and the Charity House (“Casa de la Beneficencia”), is an eclectic homage to the Gothic style.

Walking through Valencia we could admire numerous and important buildings. In this photo-gallery I want to show the most representative ones.

 

Torres de Serranos

Torres de Serranos

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Turìa river, ancient and new bridges (work by Santiago Calatrava)

In 1957, the Turia River, which crossed the city of Valencia, flooded and the city was submerged by more than two meters of water. Its course was diverted out of town.

During the years, the original river-bed , empty and uncultivated, was healed. Today you can walk on it through thriving gardens; wide spaces are dedicated to sport and leisure, especially for children (Gulliver’s park).

The numerous bridges which crossed the Turia river have all been restored.

New bridges have been built as the one by Santiago Calatrava.

Turìa

Turìa

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City of Arts and Sciences and Palace of the Arts of Queen Sophia, works by Santiago Calatrava

Going  towards the southern outskirts of the city, on the river-bed of Turia River, they built the “Third Millennium Valencia”. It is the ”Ciutat de les Arts i de les Ciències” (City of Arts and Sciences).

There are four main modern works built in recent years ; all of them are signed by the world- famous architect Santiago Calatrava.

The Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia is a futuristic and original building that might look like a huge fish. Inside there are four theatres.

City of Arts and Sciences

City of Arts and Sciences

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Hemisferic, Museum of Sciences (with the Vespa which belonged to Salvador Dalì), Humbracle, works by Santiago Calatrava

Another work by the architect Santiago Calatrava is the Hemisfèric.It is also called “El oio de la Sabiourìa” (The Eye of Wisdom).

Inside there are theatres where you can attend to shows on different subjects.

The Museo de les Ciències Principe Felipe occupies a huge area and has a big show-room. It is an interactive Museum and allows people to see and participate in scientific and technological experiments . It also contains other interesting sections.

The Italians can be proud of the Exhibition which regards the History of Vespa, the famous Piaggio scooters.  The Vespa which belonged to Salvador Dali and was signed by him is on display.

The Humbracle is a garden  long more than three hundred meters placed below a semicircular structure .

Hemisferic

Hemisferic

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Oceanografic (work by Architect Felix Candela)

Further on, we met a wide area occupied by the Oceanogràfic. Beside it, they are building more, towards the sea. It is the largest marine park in Europe with numerous works surrounded by water.In the huge pools there is a large number of aquatic animals; going down the basement we entered an underwater world of considerable interest.

Oceanogràfic

Oceanogràfic

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The harbour, with the boats training for the 32nd America’s Cup

In the sea, in front of the port of Valencia, there were the boats which were training in order to take part, starting from April 2007, to the 32nd America ‘s Cup.

We went to visit the bases of Mascalzone Latino and Luna Rossa , as well as the permanent exhibition commissioned by Louis Vuitton.

America’s Cup

America’s Cup

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