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.
Built between 1482 and 1533, the Lonja de la Seda is of late Valencian Gothic style.© Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse
The group of buildings were originally used for trading in silk.© Alexis Bidegain/ Easypresse
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
The site has in fact been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.© Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse
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