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La Bourse de la Soie Spain
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover La Bourse de la Soie

The Llotja de la Seda (Silk Exchange), also known as the Lonja, is a 15th century Gothic monument. The building may look like a church, but there's nothing religious about it! Located opposite the Mercado Central, this civil building has housed the city's commodities exchange since the 15th century. It has been listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1996, notably thanks to its majestic Gothic and Mudejar-style main room and its high columns. The Lonja also has a charming orange tree garden and a second, Renaissance-style room with a remarkable carved wood ceiling.

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La Bourse de la Soie

La Bourse de la Soie , Spain
The architecture

Built between 1482 and 1533, the Lonja de la Seda is of late Valencian Gothic style.

© Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse
La Bourse de la Soie , Spain
A center for commerce

The group of buildings were originally used for trading in silk.

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La Bourse de la Soie , Spain
The Sala de Contratación

The Sala de Contratación or trading hall reflects the power and wealth of this major mercantile city of the 15th and 16th century.

© Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse
La Bourse de la Soie , Spain
A masterpiece

The site has in fact been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

© Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse
La Bourse de la Soie , Spain
A vast space

Covering more than 2,000 square meters the site comprises four parts: the Tower, the Sea Consulate Room, the Orange-tree Patio and the Room of Columns.

© Alexis Bidegain/ Easypresse
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