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Discover the modernist Valencia (II)

In the first part of our modernist Valencia tour, we mentioned various different public buildings such as Estación del Norte, the Post Office (edificio de Correos) and el Mercado de Colón as well as the private residences such as the House of Dragons (Casa de los Dragones). Today, we will complete the itinerary with equally famous buildings that are just as beautiful and represent the typical Valencian architecture style.

Returning to the public buildings, el Mercado Central is another essential visit. Just like its counterpart in Colón, this site corresponds to a modernist phase in which its structure style started to house many ornamental designs. The facade includes numerous colours and the three entrance arches combine elements of iron architecture with classical engravings. Many scholars have called this building the most striking example of Modernism in the civilised Valencia. It is located on Avenida Barón de Cárcer right in front of another building that is also of great historical and artistic value; la Lonja de la Seda. 

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Photo: © Antonio Tajuelo (Flickr) 

Moving toward Plaza de la Reina, we take the opportunity to stop at the two private modernist buildings. Casa Ordeig presents a facade marked with medieval reminiscences as well as a more refined conception of Modernism, but in a less decorative way. Similarly, the artwork on this amazing building demonstrates the powerful battles that went on in a castle. The other stop is the Punt de Ganxo building that has opted for a more austere decor in red markings around the windows.

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Photo of Punt de Ganxo © Wikimedia

At this point, we should get away from the city centre and head to Gran Vía Marqués del Turia, towards Turia River. The most stunning example is la Casa Chapa, which takes advantage of its location (tourist resort) to provide a truly spectacular image. The small pillars are the main aesthetic elements of this set of eight buildings. Very close to this site, Casa Ortega presents another modernist vision that aimes at organicism, with images of flowers, animals and people on its doors. 

To close this exciting architectural tour of Valencia, we go to Paseo de la Alameda in order to visit a building that was conceived as the main representation of the entire city. The Exhibition Palace (El Palacio de la Exposición) was erected as the Regional Exhibition in 1909 and has a mixture of neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau designs. Interestingly, the entire structure was built in just over two months.

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Photo of Palacio de la Exposición: © Sento (Flickr)

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