Torres de Serranos. Tower in Valencia, Spain

Torres de Serranos

Tower in Valencia, Spain

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Torres de Serranos

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Torres de Serranos is one of the twelve gates that once lined the medieval wall of Valencia, Spain starting in late 14th century. Also known as the Torres de Serrans, or Porta de Serrans in the Valencian language, the gate is one of the city’s most famous and best-preserved historical monuments. For a small fee, you can climb to the top of its magnificent Gothic towers and enjoy the spectacular views it provides of the city and the former riverbed of the Turia (Wikipedia Article) River, which has been converted into a series of parks and cultural attractions in recent years.

History

Torres de Serranos was constructed between 1392 and 1398 by architect Pere Balaguer for use as the main entrance to the city of Valencia. It was built for defensive reasons, but primarily served as a symbol of the city’s economic importance as it became a key center of trade. During the 16th through 19th centuries, it was also used as a prison for nobility, which helps to explain why it has managed to survive so much longer than the rest of the city’s medieval walls, which were largely destroyed in the mid-19th century.

Highlights

Most visitors choose to visit Torres de Serranos in order to take advantage of the breathtaking panoramic views its terraces offer of the city of Valencia. There aren’t too many steps to climb, so it is well worth the effort.

However, this local landmark is also popular due to its impressive architectural features. These include the impressive arched ceilings and the five immense, vaulted spaces found in its interior, as well as its magnificent exterior, which is one of the most popular places to take tourist photos in the city.

Practical Information

Torres de Serranos is quite easy to reach on foot, by bike, or by using any of Valencia’s many forms of public transportation, such as the metro or bus systems.

Address

Plaça dels Furs, s/n, 46003 Valencia, Spain

Hours

Torres de Serranos is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 until 19:00 as well as Sundays and holidays from 9:30 until l15:00.

Prices

Admission costs €2 ($2.30) for adults, €1 ($1.15) for students and seniors, and is free on Sundays and holidays.

Nearby Landmarks

Valencia is home to several other historical landmarks and cultural institutions, including Valencia Cathedral, Valencia Bioparc, and the many buildings that make up the City of Arts and Sciences complex.

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Author: ehuttner. Last updated: Jun 30, 2015

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