La Llotja de València
La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia, La Lonja de Mercaderes, La Llotja or La Lonja in short is a gothic architecture masterpiece located in the historic center of Valencia, right in front of the Mercado Central. It was declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1996.
La Lonja was built between 1482 and 1548 as a result and a symbol of the “golden age of Valencia” when the region achieved great commercial prosperity. “The Golden Age of Valencia” was a time promoted by a local bank developing the commerce, especially in textile. The city soon turned out to be a commercial center which attracted many merchants from all around the Europe. Between the 14th and the 18th century, the strongest industry in the city was the “silk” production and this is why the building is took the name “..de la Seda” which means silk in Spanish.
The entrance to the building is free. They show a video presenting the building. However, it is in Valenciano and it is almost impossible to understand if you are not a fluent Spanish speaker. La Lonja, located in Plaza del Mercado is one of the three important buildings of the area along with the Mercado Central and Church of Santos Juanes. It is almost a big loss leaving Valencia without seeing it.