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Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and it is a beautiful city. It is a very Spanish city with a fascinating history and was the city ruled by El Cid during medieval days. For the person who has time, it merits a three day stay. However for tourists who do not have the time, it is possible to do a day trip to Valencia with the AVE. The AVE (the high speed train) allows one to make many day trips from Madrid, which is in the geographical center of the Spanish peninsula.
One can take the AVE 05080 at 08:40H from Madrid’s Atocha Station and arrive in Valencia’s Joaquin Sorolla Station at 10:18H, a trip of 1 hour and 38 minutes. One can return to Madrid on the AVE 05191 at 19:10H and arrive in Madrid at 20:48H. This gives one about 8 hours and 50 minutes to see Valencia.
Valencia has two station locations:
Address of Estacion del Norte: Xativa, 24 (Located 200 meters from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento).
Address of Estacion Joaquin Sorolla (used by the AVE): Calle San Vicente Martir, 171.
Apparently you can take the shuttle bus for free by showing your Renfe ticket. The distance between the two stations is 1.2 km and it takes 14 minutes to walk between them. There is a tourist office in the Joaquin Sorolla Station where one can pick up a map of the city.
Read Buying Renfe Tickets Online.
One has to plan this trip ahead of time to try to get the web discounts that reduce the cost of the trip. Also the schedules can change.
Best Sights of Valencia
Valencia is the home of paella and the region around it produces rice and oranges.
1. City of Arts and Sciences
The City of Arts and Sciences was designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, a native of Valencia and who is now one of the world’s hottest architects. He designed the Olympic sports complex in Athens. The architecture is avant garde and eye-catching, with modern white buildings. The City of Science has 3 main building areas. The first building is an Imax theater, where movies are shown, such as a movie about the Grand Canyon on a giant screen. This building is white and is in the middle of a very wide reflecting pool.
The Prince Felipe Science Museum is the science building, a huge white structure surrounded by two reflecting pools of water. This houses a very wide range of interesting subjects. The science museum is interactive and shows the contributions of science and technology in improving daily life. There are special cultural and museum exhibits all the time that are very educational, perfect for young people and people of all ages. There are 3 stories of science subjects above the main floor.
The third group of buildings are set in a huge garden and they consist of the buildings for the aquariums. The L'Oceanografic became the largest aquarium in Europe when it was inaugurated in 2002. This great aquarium has exhibits that come from all over the world and represent the major oceans and seas. The best are the aquariums showing tropical fish and the ones showing the fish of the Mediterranean. Above ground there are small cylindrical buildings which have the entrances to the underground aquariums. The aquarium is one of the best in the world.
The complex has a very large building for parking. There are restaurants in the complex because the visit is a whole day affair. There are beautiful gardens that are everywhere and a building that is called the L'Umbracle, which houses a walkway that is lined with trees.
This complex requires a minimum of 4 hours to do it justice. To save time, one should take a taxi from the train station.
The Bioparc uses the zoo-immersion process, where visitors can see animals in their natural habitats and there are no cages at all. The barriers between visitors and animals are hidden. The park is very big, with about 100,000 square meters of area, making it one of the largest animal parks in Spain. There are three areas, namely the Savannah, Madagascar and Equatorial Africa. Because the habitats are so natural, one really feels like one is in Africa and seeing the animals roam freely within each habitat. One can start at the entrance and go to the right and follow the paved paths and go in a big circle and end up seeing everything. There are signs posted everywhere so one does not get lost at all. What is very educational is that signs explaining the animals are both in Spanish and English, so the visit to the park is very entertaining and a great learning experience. What is enjoyable is seeing the leopard (taking a photo is difficult because the leopard is continuously pacing), the young elephants playing with each other in the water, the giraffes roaming the savannah, the rhinos taking a dust bath, the different types of deer, and the flamingos and other birds. This park is a very enjoyable park for everyone. The Bioparc is quite far from downtown and one should take a taxi to save time. It takes a minimum of 2 hours to see this park and there are several restaurants there. The best restaurant is the one that overlooks the savannah, because one can see the animals roaming while one eats.
3. Valencia Cathedral
The Cathedral was built on the site of a Moorish mosque, which in turn was built over a Visigothic church. The first cathedral was early Gothic, but later additions were Romanesque and Baroque, so it is really a mixture of styles. The construction started in 1262 and lasted until the 18th century. The predominant style of the church is Gothic because the major part of the construction happened in the 14th and 15th centuries. The German Conrad Rudolphus added the very decorative Baroque facade of the main entrance in the beginning of the 18th century. Later in the same century, the pointed arches were rounded and covered with Gothic columns with Corinthian pillars.
There is an entrance on the Plaza de la Virgen, and the door is called the Puerta de los Apostoles (the Door of the Apostles). This dates from 1357 and the style is Gothic. It is adorned with statues of the twelve Apostles, and is profusely adorned. On top there is a very large rose window from the 14th century. In front of this door the Tribunal de las Aguas (the Water Court) meets every Thursday at noon. This court was founded by the Caliph of Cordoba in 960 and it arbitrates disputes having to do with the distribution of water from the Turia River in the fields of Valencia. The court consists of eight rural workers who are chosen every two years by the farmers. The hearing is conducted in the Valencian language. The other major door is called the Puerta del Palacio, and is a Romanesque door from the 13th century. It also has Mudejar elements.
The Miguelete Tower is beside the church and is an octagonal tower that is 65 m high. The style is Gothic, having been constructed by the architect A. Julia in 1381, and finished in 1429. Its name comes from the largest bell, which was baptized on the Feast of St. Michael in 1418. This tower is one of the emblems of the city. The tower (also called Micalet) has 207 steps that can be climbed and the top gives spectacular views of the church and the city.
The interior of the church consists of three naves. On the sides of the church are beautiful chapels. There are two famous Goya paintings in the San Francisco de Borja Chapel. One painting is "San Francisco Bids his Family Goodbye", and the other is "The Condemned".
The Chapel of the Holy Grail has a beautiful vault with star motifs and images of the twelve Apostles and the coronation of the Virgin Mary. There is a goblet from the first century AD, which is called the Holy Grail. The legend is that Jesus used it to institute the Holy Eucharist. It was hidden in a monastery in Aragon during medieval times and brought to the Cathedral in 1437. The Holy Grail has an ancient stone cup that is attached to a medieval stem and base. The cup is made of dark brown agate and measures 6.5 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide. The stem is made of gold and has an alabaster base that is decorated with pearls and precious stones.
The main altar has the Altarpiece of the Resurrection, a work of the Renaissance and made of alabaster. It has the image of the Virgen de la Cadira (Virgin of the Chair) in polychromed alabaster. This dates from the 15th century. The main altar and its very ornately decorated vault are the highlight of the visit. The six paintings have been cleaned and are very good. The vault above the main altar is profusely decorated with figures of angels.
The processional monstrance made of gold is found in the Cathedral museum. It is supposed to be the largest gold monstrance in Spain. The Cathedral has the Capilla del Cristo de la Buena Muerte (Christ of the Good Death) and there is a crucifix that is called the Cristo de la Buena Muerte, which was created by Juan Muñoz in the 17th century. Near the main altar is the sculpture of the Virgen del Coro, a sculpture from the 15th century. The small Chapel of the Resurrection at the back of the main altar contains the arm of San Vicente Martir, who is the patron saint of Valencia.
4. Basilica of the Virgin of the Helpless
The Basilica of the Virgin of the Helpless (Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados) is located beside the Cathedral and is the favorite church of the people of Valencia. She is the patron saint of the city. The Gothic statue (created in the 15th century) of the Virgin who protects the less fortunate and she is dressed in a beautiful dress and is adorned with many beautiful jewels. Her feast is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Beside her statue are the marble statues of two saints, who are also copatrons of the city - Saint Vicente Martir and Saint Vicente Ferrer. These two statues were created in the 19th century by the artist Esteve Bonet. Before the Fallas celebration, flowers are offered by the people of Valencia to the Virgin and a very large tapestry of flowers is built up.
The Basilica was designed by Diego Martinez Ponce and built between 1652 and 1667. The building has an oval shape and the beautiful dome was painted by Antonio Palomino. The painting shows beautiful scenes to honor the Virgin and the other saints are also depicted. The interior of the church is Baroque.
5. The Silk Exchange (La Lonja de la Seda)
The Silk Exchange is one of the main tourist attractions of the city and is located opposite the Central Market. The building was finished in 1498, and the style is Flamboyant Gothic. It has pillars that have are very different because they spiral up. It is the best Gothic civil building in Europe and is a Unesco “Heritage of Humanity” site, the only building in the Province of Valencia with this designation. Art exhibits are held in this building and the floors are very beautiful. In the past the building was used like a stock exchange, where they traded gold and silk.
There are two parts to the building. The part on the right was the Trading Market. This part of the building was constructed by Pere Compte in 1483 with the help of Joan Iborra. It has three aisles that contain 24 very tall and slender columns that open at the top like palm trees and form the veins of the vaults. The doors and windows have copious decoration and sculptures.
In the Trading Market in the past, if a trader or merchant could not meet his financial obligations, the Trading Market would remove one leg of the bench he used. The bench was called a "banco rota" (broken bench), which later led to the English word "bankrupt".
The left part of the building was the old headquarters of the Consulado del Mar. This organization dealt with maritime trade. The second building was constructed between 1506 and 1548 in a Gothic style with Renaissance elements. There is a large meeting hall that has a painting done by Espinosa that shows the jury of the city adoring the Virgin. The two parts of the building are separated by a square tower.
6. Bellas Artes Museum
The Museo de Bellas Artes was started as the Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture of Santa Barbara in 1753. Later it became the Real Academia de Nobles Artes de San Carlos. In 1837 the government confiscated all the artwork in convents and monasteries, and these were grouped together to form the present museum’s collection. The building used was the Convento del Carmen, a 17th century Baroque building. Between 1990 and 1997 a big and modern annex was added to the museum. The annex is brand new and impressive. It has a huge first story gallery, and the 2nd and 3rd floor galleries all open onto the first floor gallery, so one can get one's bearings and not get lost.
The museum has many retables from churches and one of them is the Retable Eucaristico del Convento de la Puridad, the work of Nicolas Falco and the Forment brothers (Pablo, Onofre, and Damian). It dates from the 16th century. Another retable is that of San Jeronimo de Cotalba. The artist was Nicolas Borras and the retable was created in the 16th century.
The collection contains the Valencia School of painters. There are also paintings by Vicente Lopez, Luca Giordano, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Juan Valdes Leal, Alonso Cano, Thomas Yepes, Pedro Orrente, Agustin Esteve. There are six paintings by Goya, four by Jose de Ribera, and two by Velazquez. There are modern paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries that include famous artists like Zuloaga, Regoyos, Muñoz Degrain, Sorolla, Mir, Rusiñol and Anglada Camarasa. Many of these are landscapes.
Besides the paintings there is a collection of drawings, about 11,000 of them, done by famous painters from the 16th to the 20th century. There are also about 300 sculptures and artifacts from the times of the Romans to the Visigoths. There is also period furniture, gold and silver pieces, mirrors, glassware, and ceramics.
This museum is one of the best fine arts museums in Spain and is very well organized, showing the works of the best artists of the history of Valencia. If one loves art, this is a must see.
7. Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas
The Palace of the Marques de Dos Aguas is a beautiful palace located on Calle San Vicente Martir and is one of the best examples of Rococo architecture. The palace was built at the end of the 15th century and completely redone in 1740. It has a Churrigueresque facade that looks like running water. The doorway boasts a very exuberant Rococo style and the albastrine stone was sculpted by Hipolito Rovira and Ignacio Vergara. It features two atlantes over two water vessels and is an allegory on the water and the river. The building was declared a Historical-Artistic Monument in 1941. Just inside the doorway one can find a beautiful carriage that is called the Carroza de las Ninfas (Carriage of the Nymphs).
The palace houses since 1954 the National Ceramics Museum inside the building. The ceramics found in this museum are dated from the Iberian era to the present era. There are ceramics that were produced in Paterna and Manises from the 13th to the 15th centuries. There is a round Italian rondo showing the Virgin and Child dating from the 15th century that was made by the artist Benedetto of Maiano. There are Gothic tiles from the 14th and 15th centuries. There are beautiful pieces made in Toledo, Seville, and Talavera. There are five ceramic pieces made by Picasso, who was an expert ceramicist, and these were given by the artist to Manuel Gonzalez Marti. There is an exhibit of 600 pieces of Chinese porcelain. The best exhibit is the Valencian kitchen constructed from authentic ceramic materials and this was designed by Manuel Gonzalez Marti, the owner of the palace and founder of the museum. There is a large vase that was made in Manises by the Moors and has the golden glaze that makes it memorable. The artist Antonio Peyro created the figure of Elenita Pla in 1930. The outside patio terrace has beautiful examples of ceramic mosaics.
The palace is also a decorative arts museum because there are rooms that have period furniture and are very beautifully decorated. One can see a bedroom, and there is a very large ballroom that takes your breath away for its beauty. There are other salons that have beautiful furnishings also.
8. Central Market
The Central Market is located at the Plaza del Mercado, opposite the Lonja de la Seda (the Silk Exchange). The construction of this Modernist building was started in 1914 and the architects were Francesc Guardia and Alexandre Soler. These architects studied in Barcelona and collaborated with the famous Catalan architect Domenech I Montaner. In 1928 King Alfonso XIII inaugurated the building, which occupies a space of 8000 square meters. Today the building is still being renovated under the direction of Horacio Fernandez del Castillo. The center of the building has a big cupola that is topped with a weather vane.
The market is one of the oldest in Europe. The building is adorned with many ceramics and mosaics. The market sells all types of food, including meat, fish, seafood, vegetables and fruits. There are restaurants, tapas bars, and souvenir shops around the periphery of the market. Many shops sell all sizes of paella pans.
9. Plaza del Ayuntamiento
The Ayuntamiento (CityHall) is the principal building that occupies the plaza. The original building was the House of Education but the City Hall replaced it and the building was remodeled between 1905 and 1950. There is a clock tower in the center with sculptures by Mariano Benlliure, Carmelo Vicent, and Vicente Beltran. The City Hall can be visited and the most beautiful salon is the Glass Room, with an enormous crystal chandelier. The vault of the salon has several paintings and the salon is also decorated with many marble columns and a beautiful floor. The building also contains the Museo Historico Municipal, which is free. This museum has many important mementos of the city, such as the flag used in the conquest of the city against the Moors. The sword of Jaime I of Aragon (the conqueror of the city) is also found in the museum. There are important paintings by famous painters in the museum.
There is a monument to Francesc de Vinatea. This gentleman was born in Morelia in Castellon and he died in Valencia in 1333. During his time King Alfonso IV of Aragon married Leonor of Castilla in a second marriage, and they had a son named Fernando. He wanted to divide Valencia so that his son could inherit part of it. Francesc de Vinatea was able to reason with the king and the king decided to leave Valencia whole. So today Francesc de Vinatea is honored with the monument for keeping Valencia whole. The sculpture was done by Manuel Rodriguez Vazquez in 1993.
The plaza has a large circular fountain that is beautiful and the fountain is surrounded by red geraniums. There are many stalls selling flowers and at the corner there is a tourist office, where one can get maps of the city and get other information. Across the City Hall is the beautiful Correos and Telegrafos building, the current post office, built in 1915. All the important events of the city take place in this plaza.
10. Estacion del Norte
The Estacion del Norte is located beside the Plaza de Toros and was completed in 1917. The architect was Demetrio Ribes and he came up with a Modernist building. The façade has designs of vegetables, oranges, and orange flowers and these were inspired by the agriculture found in Valencia. The building also uses ceramics, stained glass, trencadis, wood, marble, and metal in various beautiful designs. There is also a mosaic by Jose Mongrell. The design of this train station is really marvelous and it is a big surprise for travelers who go there for the first time. The architect has integrated architecture, painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts in this building.
11. Patriarch Museum
The Patriarch Museum is located at the Plaza Colegio del Patriarca. This is really the other name for the Corpus Christi Royal College, which is a seminary with both a church and a chapel. This is a training college for future priests that was founded by San Juan de Ribera who lived between 1532 and 1611. There is a Renaissance cloister and there is a statue in the middle of the patio, which is that of San Juan de Ribera (1532-1611), who founded the college. The statue was the work of Mariano Benlliure in 1896. There are 56 marble columns imported from Genoa.
There is a beautiful art gallery with famous masters with a total of 58 paintings, many of them from the 16th and 17th centuries. There are paintings of El Greco, which are the Adoration of the Shepherds and St. Francis and Father Leon Pondering on Death. The Crucifixion of St. Peter was painted by Caravaggio. Juicio del Alma de Juan de Ribera was painted by Luis de Morales. The Immaculate Concepcion is a statue of the Virgin that was sculpted by Alonso Cano in the 17th century. The walls of the art gallery are painted in a beautiful blue hue and the artwork has all been cleaned and restored and the gold frames of the paintings are also beautiful. There are also works by Flemish painters.
Corpus Christi Church was constructed by Guillem del Rey in 1595 and it has the Latin cross ground plan. The cupola was painted by Bartolome Matarana and represents the Biblical story of the Gathering of the Mana in the desert. This wonderful painting is very impressive. Where the arches meet the cupola, there are paintings of the Four Evangelists. There is a Baroque retable curved in wood by Francisco Perez and gilded by Bartolome Matarana in 1601. The upper part of the retable has a painting of the Birth of Christ by Francisco Ribalta in 1610. The lower part has a painting of the Last Supper by Francisco Ribalta and this dates to 1606.
There is a Chapel of La Inmaculada which consists of one rectangular nave. It has four Flemish tapestries that were acquired by San Juan de Ribera in 1571 and represent Renaissance allegories. One shows the Parable of the Vine, another shows Scenes in the Life of Solomon, another is about Gluttony and Lust, and the last is also the Parable of the Vine. The vault has various frescos painted by Tomas Hernandez in 1606. The main retable shows a polychromed sculpture of the Immaculate Conception and this was created by Gregorio Hernandez, who lived between 1576 and 1622.
12. Santa Catalina Church
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 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 the 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.
13. Church of San Martin Obispo
The Church of San Martin Obispo is located at Calle San Martin, 2. The church was started with a Gothic architecture in 1372. The church has one nave, with side chapels, and the main chapel has a polygonal presbytery with the Renaissance style, which is unique in Valencia and its cupola reminds one of the Pantheon in Rome. The ground plan is irregular and is trapezoidal because the construction had to adapt itself to the adjacent street layout. The exterior of the church is Gothic. The bell tower was constructed between 1621 and 1627, the work of Bartolome Abril and Tomas Leonart, and its height is 38 meters. The tower has three parts, with the two lower parts having a plain design. The top part has windows that are formed with arches and these arches are flanked by Corinthian pilasters that are elegant. The bells are of recent vintage (1940 and 1967), because the original were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.
The main door was constructed by Francisco Vergara between 1740 and 1750. Above the door is a bronze sculpture of San Martin and a poor beggar, created by Pieter de Beckere. This was installed in 1495. It shows San Martin giving his cape to the beggar. The style is of the Renaissance.
The central nave that had an original Gothic architecture was redesigned to have Baroque elements. This was the work of the architect Jose Herrero and the sculptor Francisco Vergara, between 1735 and 1753. The central nave has a painting called The Exaltation of the Eucharist, by Jose Rosell. The elliptical paintings over the chapel arches were works of Joaquin Perez and Hipolito Rovira. Francisco Rovira painted The Last supper, The Holy Family, Saint Thomas, Saint Clare, The Immaculate Conception, San Lupo and Attila, and the Baptism of Jesus.
14. Museo Historico Municipal
The Museo Historico Municipal is located at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 1, in the Ayuntamiento Building. It is located in the old Casa de Enseñanza founded by the Archbishop in the 18th century, now incorporated into the Ayuntamiento. The museum has 46 engravings that show Visions of the City, dated to the end of the 18th century and reaching the middle of the 19th century. The Sala dels Furs show mural paintings that show the first kings, created by the artist Ramon Stolz. The Sala Foral shows paintings by Jose Vergara and has the most important symbols of the history of Valencia. Among them are the Real Senyera (Catalan national flag), the Banner of the Conquest, the Trophy of the Conquest, the Sword of King Jaime I, the sculpture of the Inmaculada created by Jeronimo Jacinto de Espinosa in 1662, the Reliquary of Sant Jordi, the sculpture of the Archangel Michael, and the Keys of the City. There is a bust of Jaime I of Aragon, who conquered Valencia from the Moors. The artist was Agapito Vallmitjana, who created it in 1886. There is also a Moorish flag from 1238. There is also the statue of the Virgen del Amparo in the museum.
15. Santos Juanes Church
The Santos Juanes Church is located in the Plaza del Mercado Carmen, across from the Central Market. It was constructed in 1240 on top of the old mezquita. In 1947 it was named as a National Historic Artistic Monument. The first church had the Gothic style, but it was rebuilt in the 14th and 16th centuries due to fires. In the 17th and 18th centuries it took the Baroque style during remodeling. The exterior was remodeled in 1700. The façade seen from the Plaza del Mercado has a sculpture of the Virgen del Rosario, created by the artist Jacopo Bertesi. Over it is the tower clock and on each side is a sculpture of each of the San Juans.
After the fires, King Carlos II sent his painter Antonio Palomino to work on the church. He arrived in Valencia in 1697 and painted the frescos in the presbytery and all the vaults of the church in the 17th century. The frescos represent the Glory of the Sacred Trinity, the Book of the Seven Seals with the Lamb, the Inmaculada with the Moon under her feet, the two San Juans, the choirs of the Virgins, the Patriarchs, the Doctors and the Angels, saints of the Apcalypse, the Fight between St. Michael and Lucifer, and San Vicente Ferrer. In other places in the church there are Apostles seated over thrones and clouds, and representation of Humility and Truth, Peace, and San Juan Tadeo.
There is another façade at the end of the Avenida del Baron de Carcer. This has a door under a very large ring that is Medieval, perhaps for a rose window that was never put in. This façade has the eagle of the Evangelist and the Sheep of the Baptist.
The main retable comes from the Church of Betolaza in Alava. It has two parts of polychromed wood and in the middle is the image of the Virgin and on each side are San Pedro and San Pablo. On top is the image of Christ on the Cross. On each side of the retable are the images of San Juan Bautista and San Juan Evangelista, who the church is dedicated to. The sculptures were created by Octavio Vicent.
16. Colon Market
The Colon Market is located at Cirilo Amoros, 63. The market is located in an area called the Primer Ensanche (First Suburb). This was the first area to be developed during the 19th century. The people living in this suburb wanted a public market nearby, so the City Council set aside 4337 square meters for it. The architect chosen was Francisco Mora, who was influenced by the Modernist Catalan school which included Domenech I Montaner. The completed building measured 100 x 47 meters. The market is spacious and the building is decorated with colorful ceramics. The market was opened on Christmas Eve of 1916 and had a very good acceptance by the public. Today the market has many cafeterias and two flower markets on the ground level. The below ground level is the place where the market is. The market was restored in 2003 and today it is an upscale recreational place.
17. Basilica of San Vicente Ferrer
The Basilica of San Vicente Ferrer is located at Calle Cirilo Amoros, 54. The church is part of the Dominican Real Convento de Predicadores. San Vicente Ferrer was a saint born in Valencia, but he died in Vannes, France, and was buried in its Cathedral. The church was started in 1906 in the Neogothic style and the architects who worked on it were Francisco Estruch, Joaquin Maria Arnau Miramon, and Francisco Almenar Quinza. The church was finished in 1919. The church has a Latin cross ground plan with five naves. The two exterior naves have the chapels. The stained glass windows were made by Maumejean of Madrid and show scenes in the life of San Vicente Ferrer in the main nave, while showing the mysteries of the Rosary in the crossing and presbytery. During the Spanish Civil War, the church was heavily damaged. In 1951 Pope Pius XII gave it the title of minor basilica.
The central nave has pointed arches and has pilasters and columns that have Corinthian capitals. The façade has two towers that are topped with needle like spires and there is a rose window on top of the main doorway. The towers each measure 39 meters. The cupola has an octagonal shape and has a height of 45 meters, having eight windows that bring in light and have stained glass that uses Bohemian crystal. The main altar has a canopy and it has the image of San Vicente Ferrer. On a side chapel of San Jose, there is this altarpiece dedicated to the Virgin, called the Altar del Rosario, made from wood and alabaster. It was the work of Jose Justo Villalba.
Restaurants that serve paella:
1. La Mar Salada
Calle Cinco de Marzo, 16
Plaza San Pedro Nolasco, 1
3. Restaurante Centenario
Calle Juan Bruil, 5
4. La Casucha
Julio García Condoy, 15 local 7