We have never shared so much before. Confinement has pushed us to open up, to pick up pending tasks, to reveal our tactics to fill time, to lend our tricks for that perfect recipe or to learn from others how to get started in sports, art or other disciplines. We were not going to be less ourselves and to celebrate the International Day of Monuments and Sites and respond to the motto of the 2020 edition (Shared Equity), we invite you on a virtual walk to Valencia to tell you some unknown secrets of four of our monuments.
Lonja de la Seda: the Trade Cathedral
It could go through a palace or an imposing church, but it is actually one of the best examples of civil gothic It was erected as a true business center in the XV century. In just 15 years, this imposing building was built with a large construction team that integrated more than 200 stonemasons, but also dozens of specialists such as glassmakers, carpenters, masons ... perfectly organized. And we know this thanks to the account books of the construction of the Lonja that are kept in the Municipal Archive guarded in the Cervelló Palace. Right there is also the first Bill of Exchange of Spain, signed in the Lonja.
See for yourself the magnitude of one of our architectural jewels, World Heritage Site from 1996, dragging the mouse over the video or moving your device around the column room of the Silk Exchange.
Even the kitchen of the Palace of the Marquis of Dos Aguas
Headquarters of the National Ceramic Museum, it is impossible not to look up when passing by its alabaster facade. Its interior is a journey to the XNUMXth century, to a palace of a family of noble merchants that draws attention for its rich decoration. Noble fabrics, stuccos, Carrara marble and canvases by well-known artists of the time decorate the rooms of the palace on a tour of the ballroom, the oratory, the smoking room, the Chinese…. and an intact reproduction of a Valencian kitchen from the early XNUMXth century. We sneak in there right now. Don't miss those utensils details, the dishes and the typical tiles of the popular Valencian ceramics.
A hidden gem: the Monastery of San Miguel de los Reyes
Although it is off the beaten track, the Monastery of San Miguel de los Reyes is still a hidden gem of Valencia's heritage. Built in the XNUMXth century on an old abbey, the monastery has been home to religious orders, homelessness, prison and today it is home to the Valencian Library.
On a normal visit, the cloisters are discovered, the desacralized church that today serves as a cultural setting or the crypt where it is buried Germana de Foix, widow of King Ferdinand the Catholic himself, and her third husband, another Fernando, the Duke of Calabria. The virtual visit, which you can access from this link, it also allows entering some corners not open to the public, such as the library restoration workshop; the office of Nicoláu Primitiu, donor of a large part of the bibliographic collection; or the dome, the same as that of El Escorial. From there you have aerial views of part of the city. Don't wait any longer and take a tour of the monastery! (you will need to have the Adobe Flash Player installed).
The Valencian Sistine Chapel: Church of San Nicolás
It is one of the first Christian parishes in Valencia and for that alone it is worth a visit. But the most impressive thing about this XNUMXth century church is its spectacular frescoes, resurrected just over two years ago after painstaking restoration work. When you have the opportunity to come to Valencia and want to live a unique experience, remember that the church offers private closed-door visits, starting at 20:00 p.m., in addition to regular guided tours. At the moment, virtually enters in San Nicolás and enjoy the scenes of the vaults painted by Palomino, the XNUMXth century altarpiece by Juan de Juanes from the altar, the images of San Pedro Mártir and San Nicolás or the Chapter House. Take your time and stop at the details until discover the authors of the frescoes conversing quietly next to the rose window.
What do you think of our virtual secrets?