La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia

Moving on from Teruel, I took a train to Valencia to see one building, the late 15th to early 16thcentury Silk Exchange. Described by the UN as a “wholly exceptional example of a secular building in late Gothic style”.

Now I’m a big fan of trees, especially in cities, but I really do wish they could remove the ones in front of this building:

 

Valencia - La Lonja

Valencia - La Lonja

So bad was the view that I was forced to sketch it, dodging in and out of the traffic and the trees. And you can see why I failed art O’level: 

my sketch of Valencia - La Lonja

my sketch of Valencia - La Lonja

Inside there is a huge hall with interesting twisted columns and latin text around the walls that is apparently full of advice about how business should be conducted. 

Valencia - La Lonja

Valencia - La Lonja

There was another visit-able room, accessed via an outside stair in the garden courtyard that had a gold, black and red painted and carved ceiling: 

Valencia - La Lonja decorated ceiling

Valencia - La Lonja decorated ceiling

My Lego rendition of the front facade took longer to build than expected by which time it was getting dark, so even on the dorm balcony, the photography was challenging, hence this photo:

Lego Valencia - La Lonja

Lego Valencia - La Lonja

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