La Lonja

sights / Architecture

La Lonja information

Location
Valencia , Spain
Address
Calle de la Lonja
Telephone
+34 962 08 41 53
More information
www.valencia.es
Prices
adult/child €2/1, free Sun
Opening hours
9.30am-7pm Mon-Sat, 9.30am-3pm Sun
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This splendid building, a Unesco World Heritage site, was originally Valencia’s silk and commodity exchange, built in the late 15th century when Valencia was booming. It's one of Spain's finest examples of a civil Gothic building. Two main structures flank a citrus-studded courtyard; the magnificent Sala de Contratación, a cathedral of commerce with soaring twisted pillars, and the Consulado del Mar, where a maritime tribunal sat. The top floor boasts a stunning coffered ceiling brought here from another building.

It's worth getting the audioguide (€3) as there's almost no printed information. The exterior (covered by the audioguide) also merits examination.