Today I’m going to take you on a walking tour that started from the Valencia Cathedral. From there we meandered up and down narrow, colorful streets adorned with flowers and flags. For instance, here is Miguelete Belltower (Valencian: Torre del Micale/Castillain Spanish: El Miguelete) at Valencia Cathedral:
If you look south you’ll see another nifty belltower in the distance. This is the tower at the Church of Saint Martin (Església de Sant Martí):
Before we leave Valencia Cathedral for today, I’m going to show three more photos highlighting the intricate details adorning the façade, then take you on foot west to the Silk Exchange:
Now we’re headed west on foot. Below you are looking at the Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda), a merchant exchange completed in 1533.
I’ll have photos of the interior on Wednesday. For today let’s just enjoy the exterior a bit more:
If you enjoy macabregargoyles, this is your place:
And conveniently located just across the plaza (Plaça de la Companyia) from the Silk Exchange, to the north, is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Basílica del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús):
There’s even an angel overlooking the plaza admonishing you to be quiet lest services are being conducted:
Most Fun Photo Fridays I present around half a dozen photos. Not for this series of four. There is simply too much to see in Valencia and Sagunto to limit myself to six in each of the four Fun Photo Friday favorites of this area. Today I present eight. Click on any image below to enlarge and to bring up today’s slide show featuring seven more images:
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 calledEsglésia 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.