The chapel of the Colegio del Patriarca, one of the most interesting renaissance buildings in
the city, shines splendidly following the restoration of four of the six 16th century Flemish
tapestries that adorn it.
The restoration, carried out by the Royal Tapestries Factory, has
permitted the recovery of the colours that remained hidden under a thick layer
of dirt and accumulation of smoke from the altar candles they were exposed to
The tapestries belong to an age of splendour in Flemish tapestry
and were made in the best workshops in Brussels. To the quality and aesthetic
of these fabrics we can add iconographic
interest, with a great parallel with those found in Zamora Cathedral and
the exquisite National Heritage series, acquired by Isabel La Católica.
The tapestries can be seen with the general entrance ticket to the
Museum and with the guided tour,
which also takes in the cloisters, the staircase, the church and the museum,
with works by El Greco, Joan de Joanes and Ribalta, and which can be booked at http://patriarcavalencia.es
For an experience more fitting of the age, from Tuesday to Sunday at 9:30 and Thursday at 18:30 the Church of el Patriarca offers mass in Gregorian chant.