So, just how much is there to do in, and in the vicinity of, Valencia? Enough that we’ll be exploring both this city and nearby Sagunto this week and over the course of the next three. Yep, there is just so much in this area to see and photograph. For instance, today we’re going to concentrate on just one incredible structure.
In Valencian it’s called Església Catedral-Basílica Metropolitana de l’Assumpció de la Mare de Déu de València. Those speaking Spanish refer to it as Iglesia Catedral-Basílica Metropolitana de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora de Valencia. The English translation is Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia. No matter the language, it’s a mouthful. So, most people just call today’s photo subject Valencia Cathedral. This primarily Valencia Gothic-style church was begun in 1262, and parts of it were not completed until almost a century later.
We’ll take leave for now of the exterior and duck inside for a look at the exquisitely detailed Virgin of the Forsaken, the patroness of Valencia, in the adjoining Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desamparats:
You’ll even find a painted tile depiction of the Virgin of the Forsaken outside:
But before we head back outside, let’s take a quick gander at the beautiful domed ceiling in the adjoining basilica:
Heading back outside, it’s time to look at the architectural details of this rather unique cathedral:
That’ll be it for today. This week’s Fun Photo Friday will be the first of four dedicated to Valencia and neighboring Sagunto.
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