The Silk Exchange of Valencia
The Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda, in spanish) is one of Valencia's most emblematic buildings. Declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1996, it is one of the finest examples of Gothic civil architecture in Europe.
The exchange was a place where merchants met to conduct commerce.
The Silk Exchange was built between 1482 and 1498 to replace the old fish market that had become too small due to increased commercial development in Valencia. It was decided that a "beautiful, sumptuous and magnificent building, to honor and ornament the great city " should be built to represent the economic power and commercial prosperity of the city in the late fifteenth century.
The Silk Exchange looks like a fortress, with thick walls, battlements and rectangular facades. It consists of four parts: the Tower (which was the dungeon where thieves and rogue traders would be held ), the Consulate Board of the Sea (where the first commercial board of Spain, founded in 1283, dealt with maritime and commercial issues ), the Orange Trees Courtyard and the Columnar Hall, the main trading room of the building.
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All times and ticket prices are approximate. To confirm times and fares see the official sites.