Church of St. Nicolas (Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari y San Pedro Mártir)#5 in Best Things To Do in Valencia
With more than 20,000 square feet of elaborate frescos adorning its interiors, the Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari y San Pedro Mártir has been called the Sistine Chapel of Valencia. Originally constructed in 1242, the church was remodeled and restored several times, perhaps most famously between 1690 and 1693 when the interiors were decorated with fresco paintings of scenes depicting San Nicolás de Bari (Saint Nicholas) and San Pedro Mártir (Saint Peter Martyr).
Recent travelers described the frescos as "beautiful" and "outstanding." Many strongly recommended renting the audio guide, which reviewers say provides important commentary for understanding all of the beautiful frescoes.
The church, which is within walking distance of other top attractions like La Lonja de la Seda, is open daily except Mondays. On weekdays, it is open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. It closes an hour earlier on Saturday. On Sunday, it's open to the public from 1 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost approximately 7 euros (or close to $8). Audio guides in multiple languages, including English, are including in your admission fee. Guided tours start at 8 euros (approximately $9).
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#1 Turia Gardens (Jardi del Turia)
The Jardí del Túria (or the Garden of the Turia) might seem odd to newcomers, seeing as how it boasts more than a dozen bridges built to span a river that's no longer there. One of the country's largest urban parks, Jardí del Túria was built after a fatal 1957 flood of the Turia river, which was then diverted over the course of the mid-to-late 1960s. Today, the gardens shelter orange and palm trees and rose bushes among the wide variety of flora. The park's facilities also include cafes, football (i.e., soccer) fields, children's play areas, rugby pitches, fountains, baseball diamonds, running tracks, skate parks and miniature golf courses. Predictably, the park is especially popular with runners and cyclists. It is also ideal for families with children.
The green space is highly appreciated by recent visitors for the range of activities on offer as well as the peaceful atmosphere.
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