Llotja de la Seda

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    • Day 58–61


      June 7 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

      Valencia lovely place (apart from a bit smelly!)
      Did the some of main sites, lapped up the sunshine, enjoyed a bit of rooftop pool action, got festive with rice, and basically continued enjoying Spain!
      Some of the things we did...
      Torres de Sarranos - Gothic gateway.

      La Lonja 15th Century site. Original Silk and Commodity exchange building. Gothic building surrounding courtyard.

      Walk along some of Jardin del Turia

      Mercado Central - Jeremy braved the horchata (Milky beverage made from tiger nuts)

      On Saturday and Sunday, there was a Rice/Paella 🥘 festival that we made sure we were near for lunch. We tried a variety of paella made from the different rice...bomba, sénia, and albufera. Great atmosphere!

      Catedral - once again, another church built over a mosque.
      The Holy Grail is housed here...pretty impressive. Renaissance Frescoes (angels playing musical instruments) above the main altar, which were rediscovered only during renovations when removing the Baroque vault that covered them are beautiful.
      Other artwork and sculptures are so admired...
      Would've been nice to spend a bit longer here but more of Spain is calling
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    • Day 11


      February 15, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      3 Tage Valencia reichen eigentlich nicht aus. Es gibt soviel zu entdecken. Vom CP aus bin ich mit dem Roller schnell in der City. Aber auch 2 Buslinien wären von hier aus möglich. Am 1. Tag war ja das Meeresaquarium und die faszinierende Architektur rund um das Aquarium angesagt. Am 2. Tag habe ich mir dann eine Topziele-Druckbetankung gegönnt. Vom sehenswerten Hauptbahnhof geht es zur faszinierenden Markthalle, zum Seidenmuseum, über die Kathedrale zu zahlreichen weiteren Zielen. Für den dritten Tag habe ich ein FreeSightseeing Tour gebucht. Dabei bestimmt man selber wieviel der Guide am Schluss bekommt. Das sichert super qualifizierte und engagierte Guides. Über 2,5 Stunden geht es zu Fuß zu den wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Innenstadt. Es gibt zahlreiche spannende Infos und Anekdoten. Wer Valencia besucht, sollte eine Tour unbedingt nutzen. Jetzt reicht es aber, obwohl es natürlich noch viel mehr zu entdecken gäbe. Lasst Euch überraschen, wo es als nächstes hingeht, ich weiß es nämlich selbst noch nichtRead more

    • Day 9

      Valencia Tag 1

      November 23, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Da das eine Fahrrad in der Werkstatt ist sind wir mit der Metro in die Stadt gefahren . Unsere erste Station war der Mercat Central. Wir lieben diese Märkte mit den verschiedensten Gerüchen und den frischen Waren wie Obst, Fleisch und hier besonders der Fisch. Und dann haben wir uns ein Kaffee gesucht und ganz gemütlich in der Sonne gesessen. Am Nachmittag sind wir nochmal zur Werkstatt gefahren. Telefonisch konnten wir uns nicht mit dem Mechaniker verständigenalso mussten wir hin. Und dann die Horrornachricht. Der Motor ist defekt. Über die Kosten kann er nichts genaues sagen , schätzt aber min. 500€ + Montagekosten.😭😭 Also haben wir erstmal das defekte Rad mitgenommen und versuchen auf unserem Weg in den Süden eine Boschwerkstatt zu finden.Read more

    • Day 16

      Gaggle of Gargoyles in the Silk Exchange

      January 18 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      We just had to do a photo footprint of the Gothic gargoyles that surround and are within the Silk Exchange Building.

      There are 28 gargoyles with somewhat unusual shapes. Most of these figures contain a moral or hidden meaning and they have fantastic, erotic, and satirical features. The sculptures vary from monstrous creatures, fantastic animals or people caught in amusing or grotesque gestures, usually hinting to vices or sins.

      They are decorative as much as they are practical as they channel water from the roof (gutters). Until 1535, they were simply called canals. It was only later that they started being called with the name we know them by, gargoyles.

      Over the years the gargoyles have sparked a lot of debate as to what they were supposed to symbolize or why such odd characters were put on such an important building.

      We had a lot of fun finding the ones that we found. You have to laugh when you see what some of them are doing!
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    • Day 4

      Cultural city with traditional Paella

      September 3, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      A stroll through the back street's of Valencia lead us to the famous fountain at Plaza de la Virgen, complete with busking jazz saxophonists and some eloquent violin playing to add to the atmosphere.

      Next up was Valencia Cathedral, home to the elusive Holy Grail. Turns out Indiana jones was looking in the wrong place. The cathedral was an architectural masterpiece, complete with relics of the patron saint of valencia and impressive paintings, statues and a gold and jewelled monstrance.

      We now relax in a little Paella restaurant, recommended by our hosts. Paella was invented in Valencia so fingers crossed for an excellent meal.
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    • Day 2

      Durch die Strassen von Valencia

      December 28, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Weiter ging es zum Mercat de Colon, der früher eine Markthalle war und in dem heute viele Blumenstände und Restaurants sind. Der Mercado de Colón zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts entworfen und ist damit eines der repräsentativsten Werke des valencianischen Modernismus.
      Auch der Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas.
      Da in Spanien die Weihnachtsgeschenke erst von den heiligen drei Königen am 6.1. gebracht waren, war die Stadt noch überall weihnachtlich geschmückt.
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    • Day 14

      A Walking Tour in Old Valencia

      January 16 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Our first full day in Valencia tired us out. Did we ever sleep well!

      We felt that in order to understand the city and its history, we should go on a tour. So, I booked a free 2 1/2 hour walking tour in English in the Old City at 3 p.m.

      Our morning was free so we took a walk in the neighbourhood. Buying combination bus/metro tickets at the cigarette store was easy and inexpensive - 10 tickets for $5 Cdn. Chris got a good haircut with Omar for $10. Then we went to the big Turia gardens. It is one of the largest urban parks in Spain. It runs through the city along nine kilometres of green space with foot paths, leisure and sports areas, and quiet spots where you can unwind. It is the perfect place for runners, cyclists, families and nature enthusiasts but I plan to write more about it in another blog. It has an interesting history.

      We returned home for a bit and then caught Bus #4 into the Old City of Valencia. It was founded by the Romans in 138 BC, then occupied by the Moors from the XVIII century, and liberated by King Jaime I in 1238.

      Valencia is internationally famous as the birthplace of Spanish paella, so we went to a well-known paella restaurant, Navarro, for lunch before our walking tour. It was full of people and expensive but we experienced a tasty authentic seafood paella, filled with fresh fish, shrimp, squid, mussels, and clams over a bed of delicious rice. You have to like seafood if you are going to eat this meal. By the way, the original recipe featured chicken, rabbit, snails, and vegetables.

      We walked a kilometre to meet up with our guide at the Puerta de Serranos, a gate to the Old City for the walking tour. There were 16 people that joined us from all over - Germany, Belgium, Italy, England, India and France. The guide had a microphone and spoke well in English so we had no problem hearing or understanding him.

      We visited around 15 Old City places. I wrote the following just for our memories but those places were very interesting. We may return to see some of them more thoroughly on another afternoon,

      Serranos Gate - one of the twelve gates that formed part of the ancient Christian Wall, of the city. This was the gate that kings went through as they entered the city.

      Muslim wall - in many places it is still possible to view sections of the original defensive walls that were built in the era of Muslim rule from 714-1238 A.D.

      Serranos Refuge - during the Spanish Civil War, Valencia was bombed over 400 times. Air raid shelters were built. The one we saw could house 400 people.

      Palau de la Generalitat - a 15th century palace that has been home to the Valencian government for centuries.

      Cavallers Street - one of the oldest Roman streets in the city - the Street of the Knights. Palaces line the street.

      Negrito Square - a small square named after the statue of a black child that stands in the center of the plaza.

      Silk market - before Valencia became a major exporter of oranges, it was a silk manufacturing centre. This building was built between 1482 and 1533. On the top floor of many houses in the area, you see small windows. It was where silkworms were kept.

      Church of Santos Juanes - a catholic church with an interesting history built over a mosque

      Central Market - a huge and beautiful market building built in 1928

      Round Square - a small interior square with shops that is round, surrounded by small and narrow streets in the old quarter.

      Iglesia de Santa Catarina - built in the early 13th century at the site of a prior mosque.

      Valencia Cathedral - documentation and archaeological studies show that the Holy Grail of Valencia is the one used by Jesus in the last supper. The Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI used it when celebrating the Eucharist on their visits to Valencia. It is a cup made of polished agate. Tradition says that, after the last supper, Saint Peter took it to Rome and the Popes who succeeded it kept it there until Saint Sixtus II, who then sent it to Huesca, and during Muslim invasion, the chalice was hidden in the Pyrenees. It was Alfonso the Magnanimous who brought it back to the palace of Valencia. Nowadays it can be seen in the Chapel of the Holy Chalice at the Cathedral.

      La Estrecha - with a facade of 107 centimeters from side to side, slightly more than the width of the door, it is the narrowest house in Europe

      Almoïna Archaeological Center - on a site of roman forum in the center of Valencia.

      Basilica of the Virgin of the Forsaken - a temple dedicated to the patron saint of the city

      Plaza de la Virgen- Tribunal de les Aigües - The Tribunal of Water meets outside the door of the Apostles in the Plaza de la Virgen, every Thursday at midday, keeping alive a one thousand year old tradition. The tribunal is made up of eight farmers who still wear the typical black blouse of the Huerta (the irrigated fields around Valencia). The members are democratically elected every two years by the farmers who use the irrigation system in the Huerta. They sit in a circle on wood and leather 17th century chairs, and make their rulings. The structure of the irrigation system, the participation of the farmers, and the promptness with which the problems are resolved has made the Tribunal world famous and it has been used as a model for other institutions.

      The guide did a wonderful job and we want to return to the Old City to see more of the Silk Exchange, the big Market and possibly the archaeological centre.
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    • Day 16

      The Silk Exchange

      January 18 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Close to the market is a group of Gothic buildings that was originally used for trading in silk (hence its name, the Silk Exchange). Built between 1482 and 1533, it has always been a centre for commerce.

      For 1 Euro (Seniors’ rates), we were able to wander through this beautiful building with an audio guide explaining the purpose and secrets of each room.

      By stepping into the grandiose Sala de Contratación (Contract or Trading Hall), we could only imagine the power and wealth of Valencia, a major Mediterranean mercantile city, in the 15th and 16th centuries.

      No expense was spared in this room. The interior, with three main aisles, is covered by a series of cross vaults resting on slender spiral pillars almost 16 metres high. The floor is paved with marble of different colours. On the walls, a Latin inscription in Gothic characters reminds the merchants of their duties as merchants and good Christians: “not to revert to usury (lending money at unreasonable rates) in their trade, so as to be able to attain eternal life”. This is the building where we hunted for gargoyles.

      We walked outside into the orange tree courtyard and walked up the outdoor steps. We went into the the Consolat de Mar (Consulate of the Sea). What a room! It has a blue and gold, very ornate coffered ceiling overhead and a disorientating optical illusions created by the patterned, black, white and cinnamon coloured marble floor at our feet. See the photos.

      We were very happy to have returned to the old city to see this architectural masterpiece - a World Heritage Site.
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    • Day 2

      Mercat Central - Zentrale Markthalle

      February 8 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Nur 700 per pedes ging es zu einem der bekannteren Wahrzeichen Valencias - zur Zentralen Markthalle „Mercat Central“. Der grundsätzliche Aufbau der Halle ist wie üblich bekannt. Der kürzlich neu erworbene Gimble kam auch mal 10 Minuten zum Einsatz

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    • Day 28

      Valencia, La Lonja de la Seda

      April 1, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Die Bau des zinnenbekrönten spätgotischen Gebäudes begann 1483, die Fertigstellung dauerte jedoch bis 1533. Während der folgenden Jahrhunderte diente die Lonja als Seidenbörse; es gab aber auch ein Gefängnis für säumige Schuldner.
      Die Lonja de la Seda gilt als eines der bedeutendsten Gebäude der profanen Gotik in Europa. Sie besteht aus vier Teilen – dem Turm, dem Saal Consulat de la Mar, dem Orangenbaum-Innenhof und dem Säulensaal.

      Construction of the crenellated late Gothic building began in 1483 but was not completed until 1533. During the following centuries, the Lonja served as a silk exchange; but there was also a prison for defaulting debtors.
      The Lonja de la Seda is considered to be one of the oldest secular Gothic buildings in Europe. It consists of four parts – the Tower, the Consulate de la Mar Room, the Orange Tree Courtyard and the Columned Room.
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