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An Insight Into Valencia

Author : Andrew McFarlane


The prefecture of Valencia is without doubt the largest of the rest that constitute the Valencian community. The province is to be found at the hub of the Mediterranean gulf of Spain, looking out over the Gulf of Valencia. In relation to the Balearics, Valencia is located directly opposite whilst for Barcelona and Madrid, it is equidistant from both. Inland, Valencia is bordered by a mountain range and undulating landscape that shows the way to the neighbouring provinces of La Mancha, Castile and Aragon.

The province of Valencia is emblematic of the Mediterranean way of life owing to the culture stemming from the ancient Mare Nostrum which is prevalent in the social order experienced in the Valencian community.

The city of Valencia besides being the hub of the L'Horta region, is also the governmental headquarters of the Valencian community. Valencia is the most compactly inhabited of all the urban metropolises in the Valencian community. With an average population density of 1600 people per sq.km, it becomes a largely occupied expanse whose landscape goes for hundreds of kilometres with uninterrupted residential dwellings.

Places of Interest in Valencia

Tours to experience the best of the attractions in Valencia City start in the old quarter of the city. Up until the middle years of the 19th century, the city of Valencia was fortified by a city wall. Having stood the test of time, the Torres de Quart and Torres de Serranos are what have remained of the wall and are preserved in the Valencia Institute of Modern Arts Museum. Ancient inscriptions made by the ancient Roman civilisations are found underneath most of the contemporary convents and palaces built on the ruins of the structures from the medieval period.

The district of Mercat developed for the duration of the slave trade. Nonetheless, a duo of structures symbolic of slave trade that ensued in the region have been declared universal monumental buildings by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The Gothic structure of La Lonja which was used for purposes of slave trade still has a striking columned chamber complete with aged furniture used for slave trade transactions.

In the exterior of the shattered walls of the ancient city emerged the expanse that was common to proletariats of the Valencian community. The area is characterised with spacious pathways and architectural works of geniuses as regards a number of buildings belonging to the well heeled in the society. Adjacent to the Turia River are the royal nursery gardens as well as the museum of Fine Art.


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