La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange)

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Carrer de la Llotja, 2

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Sightseeing, Tours Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.7

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  • 4.5Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 3.5Atmosphere

The Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) was built between 1482 and 1533 and is considered a great example of the late Valencian Gothic style architecture. Today, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, partly because of this style, but also because that style was applied to a secular building rather than a religious one, as was the norm in that time. Pay close attention to the gargoyles that crouch throughout the Silk Exchange: Their expressions range from funny to naughty.

Recent visitors found the architectural details endlessly fascinating. Many reviewers also advised opting for an audio guide, which they say helps explain the building's history and various architectural elements. Plus, recent travelers said there is little information available without the aid of the audio guide. Others suggested enjoying the courtyard, which is filled with orange trees.

You'll find the Silk Exchange within walking distance of the Central Market. The building is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. It can be reached via bus routes Nos. 4, 7, 27, 28, 60 and 81. Admission costs 2 euros (or a little more than $2). Time your visit for a Sunday to enjoy free admission (though a Sunday visit usually yields large crowds, according to reviewers).

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