Valencia: The Third Largest City in Spain

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Valencia (Spanish: València) is the third largest city in Spain located on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea.


Five interesting facts about Valencia:


  • It was founded by the Romans in the 2nd century BC, under the name Valentia Edetanorum.
  • It was held by the Moors from the 8th to the 13th century.
  • Its Old Town is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately 169 ha (420 ac).
  • UNESCO has recognised the Silk Exchange market (La Llotja de la Seda), erected in early Valencian Gothic style, as a World Heritage Site.
  • It is a bilingual city: Valencian and Spanish are the two official languages.

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The Plaza de la Virgen with a view of the Cathedral (Valencian Gothic; built in the 13–15th century), Valencia

Fuente del Turia
The Turia fountain, Valencia

Sevilla
The Plaza de la Reina with a view of the Cathedral and the Micalet Tower, Valencia

Torre del Micalet
The Micalet Tower, Valencia

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Roman columns, Valencia

Street art, Valencia
Street art, Valencia

Street art, Valencia
Street art, Valencia

Cat
Stray cat, Valencia



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9 comments

  1. I've been to Barcelona but never to Valencia. This is much more historic looking than the unusual Barcelona city. And I'm always looking for a UNESCO world heritage site!

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  2. Thanks for sharing, we are visiting Spain next year and will definitely be adding Valencia to our list!

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  3. Valencia is a beautiful city, loved exploring the historic sites. The architecture, history and the modern monuments, they are all incredible. Gorgeous pictures, thanks for sharing the interesting facts.

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  4. I've seen pictures of Valencia but not the street arts you have in this post. They are beautiful. The Turia fountain looks spectacular. Awwwwn, the stray cat is a celebrity cat. Made it to your blog. It looks like I'll have to always look up when in Valencia, tall buildings everywhere. Nice pictures you have here.

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  5. Valencia seems like a beautiful city. I love UNESCO sights and the mixing of Roman and Moorish culture always creates interesting combinations. (I could see us taking a lot of pictures of the stray cats too)

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  6. Valencia looks so beautiful and looks like you had some gorgeous weather. I would love to see the Silk Exchange market and see why its a UNESCO Heritage Site. Did you go?

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  7. So interesting to learn more about Valencia! I had no idea that is was founded by the Romans in the second century BC, and that the Old Town in Valencia is one of the biggest in Spain. The architecture of the buildings look gorgeous, I hope to visit one day!

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  8. What a charming city in Spain! I would love to explore the next time I'm in the country. I love the old world architectures - so much character. A visit to the Silk Exchange market is a must!

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  9. It is very interesting to learn about Valencia's history. Imagine having two language in one city?! And the whole view is splendid sight. I would love to visit Valencia someday.

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