UNESCO HERITAGE

Unesco Heritage

With an extensive architectural heritage, Valencia is quite simply a paradise for art lovers, boasting Roman remains, in addition to Gothic, baroque and modernist constructions.

The economic activities of the previous centuries have bequeathed the city three periods of historical grandeur and sublime wealth, which have earned Valencia its prestigious UNESCO World Heritage listing, a nod to the architectural, historical, cultural and creative value of the Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange), Tribunal de las Aguas (Water Tribunal) and Las Fallas, the people’s festival par excellence.

THE SILK OR MERCHANTS EXCHANGE

The Silk Exchange was declared Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1996. Twenty years later, Valencia was recognised by UNESCO as a member city of the Silk Road, a trade route made up of 32 cities across Europe and Asia.

Valencia’s Golden Age came during the 15th and 16th centuries, thanks to the maritime silk trade, linking the city with the Americas, Asia and Northern Europe, and bringing about an economic, social and cultural revolution. The Silk Exchange is designed in a Gothic style and is imbued with symbolism. The Contract or Trading Hall represents “paradise”, the columns symbolising palm trees, whilst the domes are a representation of the sky.

WATER TRIBUNAL

The Water Tribunal of Valencia holds its meetings every Thursday at midday outside the Apostles’ Gate of Valencia Cathedral. Any disputes regarding the use of the river water are resolved aloud for all those interested. It is a century-old institution, capable of resolving conflicts in an effective and exemplary manner, and was named Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009.

THE FALLAS

Declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2016, the Fallas festival is a celebration of creativity and ingenuity. It combines the plastic arts, music, the silk industry, leisure, gastronomy and the art of living life to the full.  From 15 to 19 March, Valencia’s streets are lined with these monumental constructions. Celebrations include parades, floral offerings to the city’s patroness, wake-up calls, fireworks displays, concerts and street parties.

INFORMATION OF INTEREST: 

The Silk Exchange:

 Can be visited 365 days a year from 09:30 to 19:00.

Water Tribunal

Meetings are held every Thursday at 12:00 outside the Apostles’ Gate of Valencia Cathedral

Las Fallas

From 15 to 19 March