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‘Valencia - Welcome to Valencia’

The picture shows the Torres de Serranos, a city gate offering entrance to the old town of Valencia for people coming from the direction of the mountains (= serranos).

These Serranos Towers date to the 14th century and were constructed as part of the city’s fortification.
Although the intention of the building was clearly defensive, I think this city gate currently looks like a masterful monument to welcome visitors to the old town.

Personally I find it a great experience to visit a city for the first time and to enter it through such gateway.
My first view of these Torres de Serranos was after sunset when the building was beautifully illuminated.

In the workshop I’ve posted two more pictures showing the gate at daytime and some architectural details.

From http://www.valenciavalencia.com/sights-guide/sights-listings/torres-serranos.htm :

The imposing Torres de Serranos are one of the landmarks of Valencia. Their awe-inspiring enormity and the elegance of gothic style are truly worth your time. One of the two remaining city gates from the XIV century, they were built by one of the most talented gothic architects of those times. You can walk through its many levels right to the top, appreciating stunning gothic interior, ancient ornaments, military pragmatism and views over the rest of Valencia. The rear of the towers are open, and you can enjoy the panorama of the interior.

History:
the towers were commenced in 1394 under the hand of Pere Balaguer. Although built with a clear defensive function in mind, they never came to be used as such, cruising through history as a flamboyant trade gate of Valencia. Between 1586 and 1887 they were used as a prison for the nobility (much like the Tower of London or the Bastille of Paris) which is why they survived the liquidation of the city walls in 1865.

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