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The La Lonja de la Seda building dates to the end of the 1400's, it is a UNESCO world heritage site.

While the exterior of the building is of architectural interest the real surprise is the interior of the building.

La Lonja:
La Lonja top page
Room of Columns

1st room (photo page)

courtyard and garden (photo page)
Upstairs (photo page)
Outside links:
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Above photo - The room of columns is the first room you see in a visit to la Lonja.

The name, La Lonja del la Seda, refers to the time when the building was a silk exchange.


Photo above - my wife and our guide enter La Lonja del la Seda.

The building was constructed for merchants in the mid 15th century with some additions and interior work not completed until the early 16th century. In its earliest times, the trading hall was the center for the trading of oil, which, as I recall, was primarily put to use in lamps for lighting. Later the silk trade became the major use for La Lonja. It was also home to the merchant court. Consider a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture, it is currently used by the Valencia Cultural Academy.


Photo above - notable gargoyle on the La Lonja, appearing to represents depravity; do not look too closely.

To view the interior of the La Lonja del la Seda, click on a photo below

Located on the Plaza del Mercado, entrance to the building is free.

 

 

 


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This page last updated April 2007
Information on this page comes from my October 2006 visit to Spain