The View from the Top of the Cathedral

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2013-07-09 10.28.17The cool and shady Cathedral bell tower leads to colourful and far reaching views across Valencia. So is it worth the trek up to 203 steps? Let these photos help you decide.

Looking down on the people eating, drinking, shopping and meeting in Plaza de la Reina, you feel like a giant but standing under the huge cathedral bell at the top of the tower makes you feel 2013-07-09 10.22.51significantly smaller.

The view stretches for miles, taking in the City of Arts and Sciences, churches, the city’s entry gates and its Serranos and Quart towers, family houses, roof terraces, public squares and many historical monuments. The white of the modern buildings at the City of Arts and Sciences stands out against the terracotta houses and blue-glazed roof tiles of church domes.

2013-07-09 10.23.44It is easy to see the birds resting on the statue at The Plaza de la Virgen, surrounded by the Basílica de la Virgen and one of the gothic jewels of the city, the Palau de la Generalitat, where the Regional Government meets. This square is considered the heart of the city, where everyone from schoolchildren to judges gather. If you’re lucky you may spot the Water Court, which regularly meets here to rule on matters impacting the waterways and agriculture around the region.

It costs 3€ to gain entry to the Cathedral tower and as well as the buildings and daily events you can witness, you will collect a whole album’s worth of photos.

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On July 18, 2013
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