The city of Valencia is a true paradise for architecture enthusiasts, as in this city you’ll find constructions from the XIV century alongside the most avant-garde buildings. Medieval buildings merge with the most modern lines, to the delight of visitors.
Even though Valencia has many buildings where you can stop and enjoy their history, some of them are a symbol of the city, and others, although they are not as well-known will, without doubt, attract your attention when you walk by them.
Torres de Quart and Torres de Serrano
Both the Torres de Quart and the Torres de Serrano are a mandatory visit for anyone who is in Valencia for the first time. Built during the end of the XIV century and the beginning of the XV century, they are the old gates to the city, and they delimit all of the old town.
The two most important remains of Valencia’s medieval walls are constructions steeped in history. On their façade, you can still see signs of the wars that these gates have endured.
An interesting fact is that some of the works of the Prado Museum were stored in the Torres de Serrano from 1936 to 1938 because of the danger of being destroyed by the bombing of the capital at that time. It also housed part of the National Library and relics from Palacio de Liria.
If you want to visit one of these gates, which are undisputable symbols of Valencia city, you can climb them and admire the views from there.
The Jewish House
One of the most amazing buildings in Valencia is located in the Ruzafa neighbourhood and it’s known as the Jewish House.
The architect was Juan Francisco Guardiola Martínez, born in the city of Sueca. Out of all the buildings in Valencia, the Jewish House attracts attention because of its colour and art deco style. In the middle of the 1930s, Guardiola Martínez designed one of the most original buildings out of all the buildings that form part of Valencian architecture. It is said that Guardiola Martínez was a disciple of Gaudí, although this has not really been investigated.
This particular building got its name because of the Star of David which is located on the lintel of the entrance door. It is said that the first owner of the building was possibly of Hebrew origin.
Its main attraction are the colours that are seen on the façade, which have been conserved even after the refurbishment that the building has undergone. Inside, the Jewish House contains private homes and professional offices.
The City of Arts and Sciences
If we are talking about emblematic buildings of Valencian architecture, we can’t omit the buildings of the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. The City of Arts and Sciences is made up of a number of buildings that have become a symbol of the city of Valencia, a must-see for any visitor.
The buildings that make up the City of Arts are spread out over two kilometres, forming a complex both of leisure and science where you can do various activities. The works of Santiago Calatrava are, although somewhat controversial, a real tourist attraction.
La Lonja de la Seda
La Lonja de la Seda, or Silk Exchange in English, is one of the jewels of the city of Turia and one of the buildings in Valencia that is most visited by tourists. This building is located in the middle of the Del Carmen neighbourhood and was built in 1483 by the architects Pere Compte and Joan Ibarra. La Lonja was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996.
This building, characteristic of the Valencian Gothic civil architecture, has three halls which are connected by the Patio de los Naranjos. In the Sala de Contratación, a space with eight columns, commercial transactions were carried out, and it was here where the first banking institution in Valencia was set up, the “Taula de Canvis”.
El Torreón has three floors, the ground floor was used as a chapel and the two upper floors as a jail. Lastly, we have the Pabellón del Consulado del Mar with its Renaissance style medallions.
The Mercado Central
This centre has the biggest area dedicated to fresh products in Europe and it’s a true joy to stroll around it, as well as a treat for the five senses.
The Mercado Central, or Central Market in English, has more than 8,000 square meters dedicated to stalls, shops, and catering. Also, inside you will find the Central Bar, owned by the famous Valencian Michelin-starred chef, Ricard Camarena.
Regarding the composition of the Mercado Central, its translucent domes stand out, which achieve a unique colour effect. These domes are made from metal, wood, ceramic, and glass. One of the mandatory visits for every tourist and also for every Valencian.
La Unión y el Fenix Building
Located in the centre of Valencia, in front of the Plaza de Toros, is the La Unión y el Fenix building, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, although perhaps not that well-known. It’s worth visiting the area to admire this building.
The architect, Enrique Viedma, has designed other buildings representative of Valencia like the famous Finca Roja and the Casa del Xavo.
This building was built in 1929 in a style representative of the Neo-Baroque era. With a flamboyant appearance, the architect made the most of the possibilities of the privileged place where the building stands. At the entrance, there is a triumphal arch topped with an eagle, ridden by a man, a symbol of the company for which it was built.
Centuries of history on façades that tell the whole story of Valencia. Places to visit, patios where you can take a stroll, streets to walk full of modern, old, and timeless architecture. Majestic Valencia with an architecture that defines Valencia itself.
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