Ayuntamiento from Plaza de la Ayuntamiento.

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Valencia’s handsome neoclassical town hall dominates the square that takes its name. Within is the Museo Histórico Municipal, a repository of items important to the city’s identity, such as the sword that Jaime I reputedly brandished when defeating the Muslim occupiers, the Moorish keys to the city, the flag they surrendered with and a fascinating 1704 map of Valencia. You can also explore the chandeliered grandeur of the function rooms and enjoy the view from the balcony.