Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas
Calle del Poeta Querol, Valencia, Spain
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Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas Valencia Reviews
Massive Palace Portal Sculpture Jul 19, 2009
The Palace of the Marques de Dos Aguas (Palau del Marqués de Dosaigües) dates to the 15th century, but has been substantially modified since it was first built, especially through a significant remodeling in the 18th century. It currently serves as the home of the González Martí Ceramics Museum. This review here is more about the portal doorway to the building than the palace itself.
The doorway or portal dates to the original Gothic style of the building, but in the mid 18th century (c 1740) it was reshaped into the Baroque style. It was then that this fantastic and ornate portal was made, designed by Hipolito Rovira and sculpted by Ignacio Vergara. There was some modifications done in 1867, nut I think this had mostly to do with Virgin of the Roasary above the door. The original by Ignacio Vergara disappeared and was replaced with a copy made by Francisco Cano Molineli.
The portal facade is made of alabaster marble. On the sides, two allegorical figures can be seen representing the "Dos Aguas" or two waters (the Turia and Júcar rivers) over whose lands the Marquis held rights. Beneath these figures are buckets pouring water. On the right hand side appear crocodile heads, while on the left a lions head, each located near the water buckets. Above the door is the Virgin of the Rosary, set in a niche. This niche had a lid which was open when the Marques was at home and closed when he was away. There are many carvings surrounding the niche.
This is one fantastic portal doorway and the most famous in Valencia. It's easy to see how people passing by would be so amazed at this sculpture and entirely forget there is a palace inside, which can be toured, though I didn't. This doorway is absolutely enormous too. Massive in scale, without concern for much subtlety, the sculptured portal doorway does not fail to impress. I felt dwarfed and humbled by the sheer size of it and it shows in the photos I have too.
Part of the Spain's Golden Triangle (July 11-23, 2009) travel blog
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