With an extensive architectural heritage, València is quite simply a paradise for art lovers, boasting Roman remains, in addition to Gothic, baroque and modernist constructions
UNESCO recognises València’s priceless historic and cultural value
The many civilisations that have come and gone have left a rich historical and cultural legacy in our city which UNESCO has recognised by putting three of our most representative assets on its prestigious lists.
For Valencian people, it is an honour to know that something so close to us like the Silk Exchange, the Tribunal de las Aguas and Fallas are now a part of the World Heritage for their “exceptional universal value”.
THE SILK EXCHANGE OR THE MERCHANT'S EXCHANGE (La Lonja de la Seda o de los Mercaderes)
From the XV to the XVIII century Valencia flourished thanks to the silk trade with the Americas, Asia and Northern Europe. A Golden age that brought with it an economic, social and cultural revolution, which transformed our city with the construction of iconic buildings like the Silk Exchange.
A treasure of Valencia’s civic gothic architecture that is full of symbolism. The gargoyles in the Patio de los Naranjos or the palm trees that reach towards the sky of “paradise” in the Column or Contract Hall, are just a few of the reasons why it was declared a World Heritage site in 1996 by UNESCO.
Twenty years later, UNESCO incorporated Valencia into the ‘Silk Road’, which goes through 32 cities in Asia and Europe.
You can visit the Silk Exchange every day of the year from 9.30am to 7.00 pm.
EL TRIBUNAL DE LAS AGUAS
The “Aguas de la Vega” tribunal in Valencia meets every Thursday at midday under the Apostles Gate at the Cathedral of Valencia. Since its establishment in the roman era, this institution has been dedicated to resolving conflicts that arise from the use of irrigation water among the farmers in an efficient and exemplary way.
This thousand-year-old tradition of resolving conflicts face-to-face and in public was recognised in 2009 as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
You can witness it every Thursday at 12.00 pm under the Apostles Gate of the Cathedral of Valencia. Except for bank holidays and during the Christmas period.
Fallas is a celebration of creativity and ingenuity par excellence. It brings together visual art, music, the silk industry, leisure, gastronomy and the art of living life to the full.
Throughout the week of Fallas, from 15th to 19th March, more than 700 monuments which are destined to go up in flames are assembled, and the city celebrates with processions, fireworks, concerts, parties…
Fallas was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage for being a unique celebration, by UNESCO in 2016.
Fallas is celebrated every year from the 15th to 19th March, don’t miss it!