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Old July 4th, 2012, 01:12 PM   #1
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hkskyline's 2011 VALENCIA Photo Collection

After Andalucia, my next stop was Valencia.

Valencia is a big city, yet it is laid-back and not overrun by tourists like in Barcelona or down south in Andalucia. It is also a very affordable tourist destination. Hotel prices, like in most of Spain, are rock-bottom, but even more value for money here.

Torres de Quart is the western gate into the historic centre of Valencia. This one is free to ascend, and there are few big buildings in the neighbourhood to block the view.





























Strangely, there were barely any tourists admiring the view with me. Perhaps they were still enjoying the siesta.











From the tower, I walked towards the old riverbed.











Iglesia del Carmen is located a block behind the riverbed with a large square set in front. Next door, a museum has also been set up around the historic site.











Torres de Serranos seems to be more centrally located than its western counterpart. The structure is quite similar, with the solid side facing out and an open side facing in. Construction began in 1392 in the Gothic style.

























The old riverbed is now a green space with sports facilities and parkland.





The open side faces south and into the city. The design was meant to expose the enemy in case they take hold of this defense structure.

























Estacion del Norte is a modern building from 1917, which was a bit surprising. The station hall is very traditional with all sorts of patterns and colours. The concourse, however, is less historic and looks just like any other train station.



























Mercado Central is Valencia's version of an architecturally-interesting grocery store. Most of the action takes place in the morning, and the market is closed by 3pm.











Plaza del Ayuntamiento is the city's political heart. The attraction is the civil disobedience protest that has taken over the open space.





























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Old July 13th, 2012, 06:49 AM   #2
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Plaza de Tetuan is surrounded by beautiful buildings although the plaza itself was nothing special though.















Iglesia de Santo Domingo stands across from Plaza de Tetuan.





























Iglesia Santa Catalina's interesting tower stands at the end of Calle La Paz. It didn't seem a long walk away.









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very nice
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Old July 14th, 2012, 06:49 AM   #4
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It was time for lunch upon arrival at Plaza de la Reina. The seafood paella was freshly cooked and quite fulfilling.









Valencia Cathedral charges admission to view the interior up close. I was only interested in the tower but at least they're nice enough to allow visitors to see the interior from the entrance for free.















The views are quite nice!













Torres de Serranos in the distance - note the interior side is open as a precautionary feature in case invaders gain access.











The City of Arts and Sciences is a journey away from the historic city centre, but was still clearly visible.



















Plaza de la Reina is well-manicured although there are too many buses and cars in the way to connect to the restaurants and attractions lining it.













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Beautiful, very nice photos from Valencia
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Iglesia Santa Catalina









Plaza de la Virgen is just north of the cathedral and one of the buildings fronting it is this basilica.

























Iglesia San Lorenzo is far more subdued and plain.



































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Lovely city!
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Plaza Redonda is a circular market close to Plaza de la Reina. Not many stores were open at this time of day though.











Lonja de la Seda is the silk exchange. The Gothic building is adorned by gargoyles and dates from the 15th century.













































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