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La Lonja de la Seda, Valencia

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Architectural Building Historic Site
A Gothic building that once housed the famous Valencian silk traders, La Lonja de la Seda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site notable for its architecture. which was used to display the region's growing prosperity rather than to honor religion, as with most other Gothic buildings. The structure is in almost perfect condition, with richly detailed ceilings, perfectly polished floors, and twisted columns. Before the attraction was constructed, between 1482 and 1548, an earlier trading post was used. Local trade grew so much that the present building was built to provide space for all the merchants. Put La Lonja de la Seda on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Valencia vacation trip planner.
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The Valencia city center is hugged by a river bed-turned park that leads down to the City of Arts and Sciences and harbor area. Stay along the river to be no more than a pleasant stroll away from some of the main neighborhoods and attractions. The popular El Carmen neighborhood, one of the oldest in the city, is known for its bohemian atmosphere and historical architecture, making it a popular area for daytime tourism and lively nightlife. For a selection of newer hotels and well-known shops, you can opt to stay in the city's commercial district of Colon Street, only a short walk from the old center and well-connected by the metro. For a laid-back, sun-filled retreat, El Cabanyal is a quiet residential neighborhood near the city's main beach.
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  • You will definitely need the audio guide. It is well worth it. Takes you around the outer walls then back inside.  more »
  • The architucture is impressive, especially on the inside, and if you go on the weekends, the entry is free of charge. Theres no explaining what so ever on the inside, but theres a movie screening with...  more »
  • This is one of the most important secular buildings built by the Moors, on three floors, and costs a ridiculous €2 (€1 reductions) to get in. Loved the courtyard with lemon & orange trees too.  more »
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  • Nice historical place. Movie about the history of the building is interesting but as they project it directly on the wall, sometimes hard to see. (no screen used). Twisted pillars are awesome. Not possible however to see and climb the spiral staircase as advertised. Not possible to climb the tower which was a bit of a disappointment. 2 euro entrance fee. Ok-ish to visit.
  • Emblematic place in Valencia, "must see". It may seem simple and kind of empty, but just look at those amazing columns! How did they do it? Stone work is just incredible. The Hall of Sea Tribunal (upstairs) has fantastic floor. The Silk Exchage Hall is on the List of UNESCO as an important cultural heritage.
  • Great architecture. Opposite Valencia central market. Drop by for a photo shoot! Pity that I did not have time to go into the building for more detail visit
  • It is an amazing building group. All the columns support the hall so beautifully.
  • Just because it's one of very few non religious Gothic buildings still standing in Europe, it would be worth a visit. But its exterior and interior splendor will surprise you - a local gem that will hopefully stand strong for generations to come. Explore the inner patio and take the stairs to go up. Don't forget to look up to admire the carved wooden ceilings. One of the top attractions in Valencia, not to be missed.