3 days in Valencia, Spain -12/11/18 - 12/14/2018

Day 2-Streets of Valencia 12/12/2018

Church of san Juan de Mercat


Church of San Juan del Mercad (Saint John of the Market) is a Roman Catholic Church located in the Mercat neighborhood. It was built in the 14th century and its original architecture is gothic in style. The church was originally built as a hermitage on the site of an old mosque in 1240. It was reconstructed in the 14th and 16th centuries due fire damage. Its baroque style dates back to the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th centuries. 


The center is surmounted by a clock tower, and a roofline dominated by statues of the Juanes (john's): including the Baptist, the Evangelist, and Saints Francesco Borgia and Luis Bertrán.

The church is classified as a National Historic and Artistic Monument.




The main facade, looking out on the Plaza del Mercado and facing the Lonja, and has become a meeting point, it was given special attention creating a reredos in which the central figure of the Virgen del Rosario stands out.



The church from the corner of Carniceros street.



This side of the church is totally different from the main facade which is totally ornate compare with how plain this facade is.




Streets along the way...


Torres de Serrans

The Serrans Gate or Torres de Serrans is one of the twelve gates that formed part of the ancient city wall, the Christian Wall (Muralla cristiana), of the city of Valencia. It was built in Valencian Gothic style at the end of the 14th century (between 1392 and 1398) by Pere Balaguer. It was the main entrance to the city and it was originally built with a defensive function. From 1586 until 1887 the towers were used as a prison for nobles.


Commissioned by the Valencian government, the Serrans Towers were built by the architect Pere Balaguer, who was inspired by other Gothic gates with polygonal towers, such as the Porta de Sant Miquel in Morella and the Royal Gate (Porta Reial) of the Poblet Monastery, showing Genoese influences


View of building from the ground floor. It is an important landmark and one of the best preserved monuments of Valencia.



The walls consist of very solid stone, as their main purpose was fortification. However, they are covered with a cladding of limestone, mainly from Alginet, a town near Valencia, in order to give the building a more luxurious, distinguished appearance.


Of the ancient city wall, which was pulled down in 1865 on the orders of the provincial governor Cirilio Amorós, only the Serrans Towers, the 15th century Quart Towers, and some other archaeological remains and ruins, such as those of the Jewish Gate (Puerta de los Judíos) have survived.



For a long time, its main purpose was to defend the city in the event of a siege or attack, but it was also regularly used for ceremonies, such as official welcoming ceremonies for ambassadors and kings, as it was (and still is) deemed to be the main entrance to the city.



View of the towers from the ground floor.



In 1397, when the works were nearly finished, it became apparent that the access to the main floor had to be improved. An enormous, monumental stone staircase was built, enlarging the building and facilitating its use for welcoming parties. The works were completed in March 1398.



As we were going to go up a photographer and his assistant taking pictures of 2 models dressed up in Spanish period dress.




They have on pretty elaborate dresses and their hair is also coiffed for the period.


Nice picture with the perfect surrounding.


The interior on street level.  You have to buy a ticket to get in.


It is probably used to have an artillery pointing to the outside but now it is covered in a thick clear plastic so the light can still go in.


View of the streets below from the 1st floor of the tower.


Archway with view to the street.


Gothic vaulted ceiling.


We are now on the 2nd floor.


View of the city at rooftop level.


View of the city from the 2nd floor of the tower.


There is still one more story to go up.  Small corridor leading to the floor above.


View of the streets below.


A bunch of little boys on a school outing trip going down the stairs at once.


We are now on the top level of the tower.


Fortification wall



There is a ladder and you can climb up to tower with the flag flying above.


Flag flying above the tower.

Stairs going down...


More view of the city..


We have been here for probably 30/40 minutes and the model is still working...


Done visiting the tower...


A moat around the tower.


Next.....More streets/Churches




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