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Valencia's Silk Road

Among the many charms that the city of Valencia has, the Silk Road, which is one of the programs from UNESCO and WTO (World Tourism Organisation), has been created to promote sustainable tourism.

Throughout 2016, the so-called Second World Encounter "Valencia, Ciudad de la Seda 2016" took place, in which Valencia declared itself the "Focal Point", that is to say, the nerve centre of the event.

The silk Road in Valencia already has a wide trajectory. Its importance is reflected in the current neighbourhood of El Pilar (former district of Velluters), mainly in buildings such as the Mayor del Arte de la Seda College or the Lonja de la Seda.

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A historical tradition: Valencia and silk

With the arrival of Islam to the Iberian Peninsula, silk was also introduced as the fruit of its expansion throughout the Mediterranean. Throughout the 8th century, in the orchard that was cultivated in Valencia there were mulberry trees and in the mentioned neighbourhood of Velluters the textile industry was present. More than five thousand workshops were created. It was in that moment when the Arte Mayor de la Seda College, still in force today, and other places related to silk were born. This is the case of the Tamarit Palace, an old workshop.

The Lonja de la Seda or the merchants is an example of the importance that Valencia had in the 16th century, being a model for other Spanish cities as far as silk production is concerned, as is the case of Barcelona and Toledo.

In the eighteenth century the silk trade started to decrease, but in Valencia it has been maintained thanks to the costume fabrics for the falleras, traditional decoration, the Fallas, etc.

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The Silk Road

The Silk Road is in the neighbourhood of Velluters, but there are places that are an absolute icon of the history of Valencian silk.

Lonja de la Seda

It is one of the most famous monuments of the city of Valencia, declared in 1996 as World Heritage by UNESCO. A masterpiece that's representative of the wealth of the time. It is one of the must-see places in a visit to Valencia.

Arte Mayor de la Seda College

Founded at the end of the 15th century, it was recognised as a National Historical-Artistic Monument in 1981. It has undergone recent renovation and has several exhibition rooms, with objects and machinery for work tools, textile samples, etc.

Craft Centre (Centro de Artesanía)

Centro de Artesanía in Valencia is public property and has many crafts from the region, which help companies that work in the industry.

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