Lonja de la Seda
Author: Julie Thompson | Last Updated: 24 Oct 2019
Granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1996, ‘La Lonja de la Seda’ is an impressive gothic building, and one of the most important of its kind in Europe. In the heart of the city center, the Lonja was a silk exchange of great commercial importance to Valencia in the 16th century. What makes the Lonja worth visiting is its ornate interior, intricate exterior and mesmerizing spiraled columns. Before you enter, look up and see if you can spot the 40 medallions in the Renaissance style, or the 28 gargoyles which depict human virtue and vice. As you walk through the building you can see for yourself the large palm-tree like columns which branch out and create an impressive curved ceiling. You will also find the Orange Garden on your walk around the Lonja which is a feast for the senses. The aroma of oranges fills the air of the beautiful courtyard which is lined with characteristic Valencian orange trees.
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