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Discover the modernist Valencia (Part I)

In the last few decades, the urban transformation in Valencia has been simply spectacular, largely due to its avant-garde architecture. However, despite the passing of time, there is still a great number of iconic and modernist buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries that can be seen in the city.

We will start this tour from Estación del Norte. This railway station was opened in 1917 and is one of the best examples of civil modernist architecture of Spain. The inside of the building has all the decorative elements that characterise its modernist style. The ceramic mosaics, ceilings with iron structure and a notable presence of handcrafted tiles make this railway station a worthwhile visit. In fact, thousands of travelers pass through this railway station every day. In a single visit, you will be overwhelmed with its ornate facade and grand proportions.

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Phjto: Estació del Nord de València by © Onderwijsgek

From this point, we move on to plaza del Ayuntamiento, which is very close to the railway station. Here, you will find another modernist jewel of the city; Edificio de Correos (Central Post Office). This is an imposing structure that exceeds the size of Ayuntamiento. The two buildings are directly opposite each other. Edificio de Correos was opened later than Estación del Norte (in 1923) and, therefore, presents a more complex style such as the striking triple arch, which is its main facade. The lateral domes and the central wrought-iron metal gates are some of its main features.

Another building that is also open to the public is the privately-owned Casa de los Dragones or the so-called House of Dragons. This is an excellent example of modernism and is situated very close to the centre of Colón Street. The structure has a facade that's well known to passersby and quite surprising to visitors, while most of the decorative figures consist of dragons. In fact, these designs were aimed at strengthening the uniqueness of the house and enhancing its character. An effort that certainly contributed to its great success.

To conclude the first part of this article, we leave the Ensanche area because we are heading to Mercado de Colón. Refurbished just over a decade ago, it is a very active market both in regards to the supply of foods it offers as well as its variety of restaurants. The glass structure creates an illusion that you are underneath a huge tent, but in fact, it's a large building that's made of bricks and steel.

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