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Panoramic views from the Miguelete

There are claims that the city of Valencia has the best views as you can easily climb the bell tower of the Cathedral: the Miguelete. Undoubtedly one of the most emblematic buildings of the city, located in the centre of this city, the Miguelete o'Micalet was started in 1381 under the direction of architect Andreu Juliá, through to its completion in 1429 by several foremen. The bell tower itself, along with the belfry, which is testimony to the union of different artistic styles and different eras, was in principle separate from the Cathedral, but it was later connected by a passageway in the fifteenth century.

The name "Miguelete" or "Micalet" (in Valencian) is due to the hour bell, which ended up calling the whole name by metonymy, but for centuries it was called "Campanar Nou" or "bells of the cathedral." Centuries ago, the Miguelete even had a defense function for the city, since it marked the time when the walls opened and closed. In addition, it served as a beacon for sailors, lighting a fire every night that illuminated the boats that were approaching the coast.

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The Miguelete, with its 207 steps (a long and slow walk) that take visitors to an unforgettable view, is undoubtedly one of the greatest tourist attractions of the city. It was a freestanding tower in origin, which in the fifteenth century would join the faculty as an extension of the nave. Their access is chaired by a cover adorned with fine archivolts and a unique style that comes from the Catalan architecture.

This famous tower which is visited by thousands of tourists from around the world is of colossal dimensions because it consists of eight different floors, counting among them the vaulted chamber with a window of the Asylum of the Cathedral or "Prisoner", the traditional Casa del Campaner (home of the famous ringer Mariano Folch who devoted his entire life to Miguelete and served here for over 60 years), the hall of bells with eight windows and a top floor with spiral staircase.

The current appearance of the Miguelete is the result of the vicissitudes of time, as often happens with this type of monument, both suffering the effects of the changes over the many years that time imposed on this building. The steeple, built between 1660 and 1736, had an original crown of an elegant crest that was destroyed in the eighteenth century. This was then replaced by a railing that followed various reforms, resulting in the current masonry restoration in 1983.

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Photo credit: © Wikimedia

The Miguelete is a must-see for all tourists who flock to the city, and it is proof of the unstoppable traffic every day from those curious enough to see the monumental bell tower. It is accessible daily by paying an admission ticket as entrance to the hall bells is open to the public every morning. The entire complex, given its historical importance, has been in constant surveillance by the Guild of Ringers Valencianos and Ringers of the Cathedral of Valencia, who are the architects of the current bell tower, and they ensure the condition of the site is kept in tip top state as well as providing easy access to tourists.

The views from the Miguelete are spectacular, and this can be confirmed by anyone who has had the opportunity to visit the bell tower. The climb, along its 207 steps makes a big impression on the visitor when looking through the windows towards the wonderful views of the city. With different perspectives on the surroundings, at every step you ascend everything becomes increasingly small. The windows are small and they gradually anticipate what was once above, will be the grand spectacle of the complete picture. From the top, about 70 metres high, visitors can enjoy a unique view of the city, with the mountain ranges to the north, south and west of the fields, and the Mediterranean Sea to the east. And, of course, the whole city is like a swarm of life at your feet, topped by a host of monuments and buildings that you have never seen in your life before. 

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Photo credit: © Nicolas Vollmer (Flickr)

This is just one of the many attractions of the city, but with Engel & Völkers Valencia agents, you can get to know much more about this wonderful place in depth, thanks to the many properties that are currently available to customers. If you are interested in buying or renting an apartment or penthouse in the area, do not hesitate to contact us and learn about the homes we have available. Make your dreams of Mediterranean living come true with the guidance and advice of Engel & Völkers Valencia.

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