“Lonja de la seda” is an old Silk Market in the middle age. It is placed in the middle of the Valencian old town, next to Home Hostels Valencia and it’s a masterpiece of the gothic architecture. Historians, artists and any Valencian you ask will consider “la Lonja de la Seda” as the most beautiful gothic building all over Spain. Even UNESCO declared this unique building as a world heritage. Therefore if you want to know the real history of Valencia you must visit the silk market.
Neither a castle nor a church, but an old commerce place
The old Silk Market represents a mystery. Its appearance leads to confusion. Looking at the huge tower some people would think about a castle. Other people, having a closer look at the decorated main door, the windows, the columns and the wide space would consider it as a church. But surprisingly it’s not a castle or a church; it is an old market for silk exchange.
A heritage of the Valencian “Gold century”
“La Lonja” shows with elegance and purity the splendour of the medieval Valencia. Built in the 15th century, it was the place where the silk traders met to make business, fix the prices and close deals. The “Golden century” was a time Valencia’s economy was growing a lot and its port was the silk trade connection throughout the Mediterranean Sea. The prosperity of the commerce was important for the upcoming Valencian bourgeoisie who aimed to create a city according their social status.
The large columnar hall is the main space, and it is just telling about the social prestige and the economic ostentation. This hall represents with its eight columns the most fascinating and genuine image of Valencia. Those impressive pillars are bent on themselves and reach the roof which seems to be unreachable.
The “Lonja de la Seda” it’s for sure the most beautiful heritage of the Valencian “Golden Age”.
The hostel next to “Lonja de la Seda” (Silk Market) in Valencia
Home Hostels Valencia are two hostels called Youth Hostel and Backpackers Hostel which are placed in the Carmen neighbourhood. This is the most attractive and lively area of the city center. Home Youth Hostel is located just behind the “Lonja de la Seda”. The low cost hostel and the silk market (Lonja de la Seda) are divided just by a narrow street.
The view from the balconies of the Youth Hostel is priceless. The high proximity of both buildings allows you to contemplate closely at the elaborate ornamentation of Gothic architecture, and as well the gargoyles of the roof seem to be so close that you could reach and touch them.
Youth Hostel and Backpackers are two cheap hostels located at the heart of Valencia City. They are cheap accommodation for backpackers, students, Erasmus and restless travellers… Room prices include free internet, and free in room lockers.
The cheapest and best hostels in Valencia are Home Youth hostel and Home Backpackers hostel, in Valencia downtown just next to the Silk Market, vintage accommodation like a Valencia Inn but even better. Come to Valencia Home Hostels and discover our budget accommodation placed in the old town of Valencia!!