Sights of Valencia
Alencia is considered the oldest city in all of Spain. It was founded by the ancient Romans BC – in 138. Recently, Valencia has become a very attractive city for tourists. True, Valencia is not only architecture and museums, but also pleasant beaches, temperate climate and warm sea. But still they come here for the brightest impressions of architectural values.
The crypt (grotto) of the Holy Martyr Vicente is the oldest building of the city, preserved to this day. This is a small chapel, which for some time was a prison, but now this is the place where the remains of Vicente rest. In the chapel, all visitors are shown a film about the old city, the life of the saint and his martyrdom.
On the main square of Valencia stands the cathedral of the Middle Ages La Seo, which was opened in the XV century. What is surprising in it is that the gothic-style gates adjoin the northern part, complemented by sculptures, and in the Romanesque-style, on the southern part. Both the interior and the facades of the cathedral itself look very rich, inside there are paintings by famous local artists: paintings by Palomino and Goya. In the adjoining chapel are frescoes of the famous follower of da Vinci – de Llanos.
The decoration of the central part of the city is considered to be the beautiful bell tower of Torre del Migulet, which has a strict octagonal shape. Its height is 68 meters. Upstairs is a bell, called the same as the tower. It was consecrated in 1418. Now the tower has transformed into an observation deck, which offers a beautiful view of the old, historic part of the city.
In the north of Valencia, at the very end of the 14th century, the Torres de Serrano was built – a gate based on two absolutely symmetrical towers. When they were connected, they served as a defensive structure. One of the towers now houses the Maritime Museum. There you can see the extraordinary beauty of the collection, which was provided by local underwater archaeologists. By 1930, both towers and their connections were completely restored. Now it is an excellent architectural monument and decoration of the city.
In addition to the great architectural structures, Valencia is famous for its huge list of museums that are visited by almost all curious tourists. Naturally, to describe all this is simply impossible, therefore, it is necessary to highlight only the main ones.
Museum of Fine Arts
It was built in the seventeenth century and served as a room for the training of the clergy. In it you can find answers to questions about the history of the city, see archaeological finds in Spain. The first floor is filled with canvases by early artists of Valencia, for example, N. Falco. Here are paintings by artists Greco, Goya, Velazquez and even the Dutchman Bosch.
Prince Felipe Museum of Science
This museum is located in a very interesting building, which is already an architectural monument. This is a large building, which rests on 5 columns, and its facade is completely glazed. Inside there is an amazing composition called “Titanic”, which tells about a large-scale shipwreck of the 20th century. The halls are also full of interactive exhibitions, which is often of interest to young children. They describe school sciences and their development in great detail.
In Valencia, you must visit the oceanographic center, which is the largest in Europe. In aquariums, real sea water is poured, in which both marine mammals and small fish live.