Lonja de la Seda
6 C/ LONJA, Valencia, Spain
963 92 36 97
Lonja de la Seda Valencia Reviews
Gothic splendor Jun 18, 2010
La Lonja de la Seda, the silk trade hall (in Valencian Llotja de la Seda) is in the very center of Valencia, right across the mercado central. It is a splendid building, that really deserves it's place on the UNESCO list. This late 15th century Gothic building kind of looks like a fortress on the outside, with vast high walls, gargoyles and a little tower. Both from the exterior as from the inside, it really shows of the richness of the merchants back in the old days, the Spanish golden age.
Entrance is free so you can pop in and out to wonder around this place whenever you like. Every now and then there are free guided tours as well. The most beautiful part of the Lonja is the first part you will see: the trade hall or Sala de Contratación, also called the hall of the columns, for obvious reasons. It's an open area dotted with curved, twisted pillars that reach high up to the beautiful ceiling, from where large chandeliers hang down. It's a very atmospheric place, especially when the sun is low and shines warmly through the windows. The floor is also still original, marble I think. The place is a bit cool as well as charming, impressive by it's size and yet simple but elegantly decorated.
There are adjoining rooms to be visited, a little patio and a multimedia show in Spanish that loops all day long. But it's the main hall that sticks in the memory though. I think this is a must-see while you're in Valencia.
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An amazing building Mar 11, 2005
I had read about La Lonja de la Sela (Silk Exchange) and realised that I had to see this building, recognised by Unesco. Lay buildings other than palaces or castles from the 15ht century are far from common.
However I was astonished by the size and grandeur of the building. Basically there are three separate buildings and a garden,El Patio de los Naranjos (Coutyard of Orange Trees).
The largest and most splendid building is the Contract Hall with enormus pillars supporting a ornate ceiling.
I'm afraid my photos were not good but I do recommend the website.
Part of the Valencia and Teruel - March 2005 travel blog
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