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Transatlantic 2022 — Valencia; Street Walking in Valencia


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:

Miguelete Belltower, 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):

Church of Saint Martin belltower

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:

Valencia Cathedral
Valencia Cathedral
Valencia Cathedral

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.

The Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda)

I’ll have photos of the interior on Wednesday. For today let’s just enjoy the exterior a bit more:

The Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda)

If you enjoy macabre gargoyles, this is your place:

Silk Exchange gargoyle

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):

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

There’s even an angel overlooking the plaza admonishing you to be quiet lest services are being conducted:

Shhh…. Church may be in session

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Fun Photo Friday — Transatlantic 2022; Valencia favorites 1


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:

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Transatlantic 2022 — Valencia; Walking around Valencia Cathedral


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.

Valencia Cathedral

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.

Valencia Cathedral rain spout

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:

“Virgin of the Forsaken” Valencia Cathedral

You’ll even find a painted tile depiction of the Virgin of the Forsaken outside:

Hand-painted Virgin of the Forsaken

But before we head back outside, let’s take a quick gander at the beautiful domed ceiling in the adjoining basilica:

Domed ceiling, Basílica de la Mare de Déu dels Desamparats

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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