Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina)

Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina), Valencia

Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina)

Santa Catalina Church (Iglesia de Santa Catalina)
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permia
Ireland37,790 contributions
One of the most beguiling vistas we had of the bell tower was strolling along C. de la Pau as the sun went down.

Interesting to discover that it was originally the minaret of a mosque that was replaced with the church in the early 1200s. Albeit the latter subsequently being substantially rebuilt in the mid 1500s.

Suffused with history the church is most impressive. And climbing the tower the reward was lovely panoramas of the grand city.
Written April 23, 2022
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elizabethlascheid
Culver City, CA4,501 contributions
I love the Gothic look of this amazing Church. It is just beautiful. I suggest you go while in Valencia.

All the painting are in the inside and there is not a lot, which is typical of this style. If you have the time you can climb to the top, but I do think there is a fee for that. It is really a pretty place. You will like it.
Written November 2, 2019
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
Couples
Santa Catalina Church is located in the Plaza de Santa Catalina and is one of the oldest churches in Valencia. It was built by Jaime I when he conquered the city from the Moors and the probable date of its construction was 1245. It was built over the site of a former mosque and dates from the Middle Ages. It has only one nave and the retrochoir is in the transept, which is unusual. After a fire in 1548, the church was partly reconstructed in the Renaissance style. In 1785 the church was remodeled to give it a Baroque look. In 1936 the church was burned by the Republicans, but it was restored in the decade of 1950 to give it the original Gothic look.

The bell tower was constructed between 1688 and 1705 by Juan Bautista the Viñes, and there is a commemorative plate with his name that is found at the base of the tower. The design is Baroque and the ground plan is hexagonal with four stories that are divided by moldings, plus upper story that contains the bells. The upper part is adorned with columns that are helicoidal. The bells were made in London in 1729 and a clock was added also to one of the faces. The bell tower is best seen from the Calle de la Paz. The bell tower is ornate, while the tower El Miguelete of the Cathedral is sober, so the popular legend is that the two towers are husband and wife.
Written October 18, 2011
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Mary W
Portland, OR240 contributions
Family
We climbed the tower and you can see the whole of Valencia. Well worth the 2 euros ticket price to climb. There were people who were panting as they were climbing up, so take your time going up.
Written December 5, 2018
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Helena N
257 contributions
Family
The church itself is nice to visit but climbing up the tower is really what you want to do. The climb isn't too bad and the views are worth it - probably better than the Migulette as you can see the cathedral better from here.
Written April 26, 2017
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marksandom
Haslemere, UK289 contributions
Couples
Do not walk past this church and not go in. Then make sure you pay the small donation and climb the stairs, however be extremely careful on the remaining stairs to get to the bell tower. Be even more careful coming down, the views are well worth it.
Written December 1, 2019
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northants90
Northampton, UK2,952 contributions
The tower for this church really does stand proud above the town skyline. Very ornate and very traditional Spanish church. A good example of a church in this very Spanish town.
Written November 26, 2018
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson17,485 contributions
Couples
Early roots place this church back in the 1200's and, after 800 years, it has been through a lot. A mosque occupied the site, then in the Middle Ages, a church was built. The first fire (1548) prompted a rebuilding and then, during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), it was burned again by Republican militiamen (supporters of Franco and his anti-religion stance) and rebuilt again. The exterior has been ravaged by time and fire and acts of anti-religious fervor.

On the exterior, there is an attractive tile frame around an empty niche that bears the words "San Buenaventura" and, below the tile work is a plaque that translates to: "Restored by the City Council of Valencia 3-2-1979."

One section of the wall has an inset with pieces of the past; a king's head with a crown, part of a robe, and maybe a piece of a pedestal all look like zigsaw puzzle pieces with no place to put them. A coat of arms over the door holds a crown up.

During our visit, the church was not open. It really appeared more like a relic than a functioning church. It seems the church has mysteries that the damaged exterior can only hint at.
Written October 4, 2018
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poisonwhitetail
Newcastle, UK28 contributions
Couples
A beautiful and atmospheric church with fantastic views from the tower. A great place to wander if you like to look at stained glass.
Written September 4, 2018
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NaomiBryant
York, UK75 contributions
Family
Didn't stay for a really long time but enjoyed it's stark beauty. Loved how the simple interior draws your eye to the stained glass windows.
Written August 16, 2018
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