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The Ayuntamiento and Valencia's Classical Architecture

December 6, 2013

At the heart of Valencia is the Plaza de Ayuntamiento or, the City Hall's Square. Beautiful architecture all around, just north is the entrance into the old town and there's a galore of places to eat all around this area!

It's one of those famous hotspots that every tourist visits when in Valencia. Tour buses were all around the plaza, it's one of the main gathering places of foreign tourists. It's a great start-out point for city explorations!

Just get to the Xàtiva station with the subway and it's all a short walk away north (which is opposite to the Train Station, which is south).

The Ayuntamiento

The Ayuntamiento building in all its splendour! Delicate architecture and a clock tower that's also a bell tower!

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The Plaza de Ayuntamiento and the City Hall Itself

When I got there, the square in front of the City Hall (Ayuntamiento) was flooded with pigeons!

The place's name in Valencian is Plaça de l'Ajuntament and Plaza de Ayuntamiento in Spanish.

There were some benches there - and I needed a place to munch my brunch! I was dead tired after the previous night (late flight arrival and tiring hotel search), so I equipped myself with home-made sandwitches.

The actual name of what we call "City Hall" is rather "Casa Consistorial de la Ciudad de Valencia", way more than "just a town hall", but apparently it includes the mentioned institution.
Its construction dates back to 1753, but the final architectural remodeling took took part in 1930.

The Valencia City Hall

The beautiful Ayuntamiento from the Plaza de Ayuntamiento

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Classical Architecture in Valencia

Apart from the City Hall building, there's a vast amount of other architectural beauties to admire all around the square. Among them were plenty of classical buildings all around the plaza.

Edificio de Correos y Telegrafos

Edificio de Correos y Telegrafos - opposite to the Ayuntamiento

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The streets around also abound in classical buildings and other architectural style-bearing ones.

My first exploration in Valencia proved to be a frenetic experience, hence the title of this escape.

There are lots of classical buildings, they reminded me of my Madrid trip a few years before this Valencian escape. There too, the Gran Vía is home to lots of huge classical palaces, boastic massive elegance...

Classical buildings on Plaza de Ayuntamiento

Beautiful classical palaces, similar to what I've seen in Madrid. Further north behind them is the Old Town.

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This is just a "drop from the ocean", the photos are just a "taste" of Valencia's beauty.

The city of Valencia definitely needs more attention, it's an architectural paradise!
You might also want to check out the Valencian architecture page, which presents the look and feel of Valencia from the architecture's point-of-view.

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With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...


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