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The Lonja de la Seda is tucked into a medieval street near the Mercado Central, up a flight of steps. The visitor steps through heavy doors into a beautiful soaring Gothic hall whose ceiling is held up by graceful twisting columns. The columns and the ribs etched into the ceiling represent palms, emblematic of honest business dealings. The ceiling was once painted blue, adorned with stars. This venue served as a commodity exchange at the heyday of Valencia's power, a period dating from around the mid-1400s through the archbishopry of the Borgia who became a Pope, and well into the 16th century.
The grand hall lets out onto an enclosed orange garden on one side, and to a small room like a chapel with leaded windows, which itself leads onto a Baroque chamber with heavy wooden coffered ceilings. Above that hall is another large assembly room. These two rooms served as courts. Various city officials and a garrison also lived in the compound.
If you speak Spanish, be sure to come for the tour. The carvings are laden with symbols, from the drunken sinners in the frieze by the inner door to the prostitute gargoyle and the medallions of the the kings of Valencia. The history of the building, the nature of the business and tof he courts, is fascinating. The building also has architectural and engineering distincion. I thought it one of the most interesting sights in Valencia.