La Lonja de la Seda picture
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Key Info

Calle de la Lonja, 6

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 3.5Atmosphere

The Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) was built between 1482 and 1548 and is considered a great example of the late Valencian gothic style. 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.

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#1 Central Market (Mercado Central)

This is where local Valencians gather to do their shopping, though you'll find the atmosphere a bit different than your local supermarket. One of the oldest food markets in Europe, Mercado Central (Central Market) is adorned with Valencian-style mosaics and filled with Valencians purchasing local foods from trusted vendors. Open Monday through Saturday, the Mercado Central is open early morning through early afternoon.

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