València old Town

València old Town. Historic Centre Ciutat Vella

More than 2,000 years of history have really left their mark on one of the most important historic centres in Europe.

València was founded in the year 138 BC by the Romans, who built a forum in the area now occupied by Plaza de la Almoina. Underneath the plaza there is a museum where you can see the Roman remains. The Romans were followed by the Visigoths, and in the year 714 the city fell to the Moors. València remained under Moorish rule until 1238, when King Jaime I expelled the Moors from the city. The Moors had a significant impact on the region, and brought with them new irrigation methods, cuisine, and artistic influences that are still felt today.

Discover the historic city centre and its rich artistic heritage. You can visit the genuine Holy Grail at València Cathedral; the Silk Exchange, a jewel of Gothic civil architecture; the Water Tribunal, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Central Market, one of the largest and finest purveyors of fresh produce in Europe; the spectacular frescoes at the Church of San Nicolás; and many other breathtaking sites.

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