Construction of the cathedral began in 1262. The Gothic church was completed in the Mid-15th century. The cathedral was built on the remains of a Roman temple and a mosque of the Moorish conquerors. The cathedral of Valencia is the home of the "Holy Grail".
The "Lonja de la Seda" (Silk Exchange) is the most important building of valencia. It is a World Heritage Site since 1996. The "Lonja" was founded in 1469 and completed in 1533. The interior is worth a visit because of its twisted pillars.
The "Torres de Quart" are remains of the ancient city wall around the historic center of Valencia. The western gate was built in the 15th century. The margins of the French siege of 1808 are still visible.
The northeastern city gate of Valencia was completed in 1391 and is one of the largest Gothic cities gates in Europe. The two octagonal towers are connected by a gallery. The "Torres de Serranos" (Mountain Towers) also served as a prison, the tower can be visited.
The rather unassuming Convento de Santo Domingo at Plaza de Tetuán, is a very beautiful monastery. The cloister with its green courtyard and richly decorated gothic arches is well worth a visit. In the background of the photo, you can see the tower of the monastery.
Santo Tomas recalls the Baroque church "Il Gesù" in Rome, built in 1580. The church of Santo Tomas is also known as "Iglesia de la Congregación" and was completed in 1736. The stone with a slight red shade, makes Santo Tomas one of the most beautiful churches in Valencia.
The city district in the northern part of the old town called "Barrio El Carmen", is home to the best bars and coolest shops in Valencia. Especially in the evening the narrow streets are well visited. The "Plaza del Esparto" is somewhat hidden, in a small street behind the "Plaza del Tossal". The Café "Sant Jaume" on the corner of Carrer dels Cavallers / Plaça de l'Espart is a popular place.
The neoclassical city hall "Ayuntamiento" of Valencia was built in 1758 and rebuilt in 1930. The marble staircase and the large ballroom are also worth a visit. The town hall is also home to the historical museum of Valencia (Museo Histórico de la Ciudad).
The Correos y Telegrafos of Valencia (main post office) combines many historical styles, it was built in 1922. The eclectic building was designed by architect Miguel Angel Navarro. The monumental hall is spectacular and is spanned by a huge glass dome.
At the triangular Plaza de Ayuntamiento you can see all the magnificent buildings of the 20th century. Even the sidewalks are partially made of polished marble. A very elegant square in the center of Valencia.
The neo-Gothic city palace of Marqués de Campo was built around 1880. Today the building serves as a training center of the "Universidad Catolica de Valencia".
The "Porta de la Mar" stands in the southeast of the historic old town and is the gateway to the sea. The neoclassical gate is crowned with the coat of arms of the city of Valencia and a bat, the symbol of the city.
The British architect David Chipperfield built the headquarters of the sailing regatta "America's Cup" in 2007. Under the staggered level, the spectators were protected from the sun. Today the "Veles e Vents" is the icon building of the Puerto Autonomo of Valencia.
The port of Valencia was extended for the America's Cup of 2007 by the Marina Real Juan Carlos I. The area north of the harbor has been upgraded and restaurants near the beach attract visitors.