Plaza de la Virgen

Plaza de la Virgen ~ Top Valencia Squares to Visit

Plaza de la Virgen is a pedestrianized square just a few yards away from Plaza de la Reina. The Cathedral of Valencia and the stunning bell-tower of El Micalet tower over this lovely square.

el migueletIf you are coming from Plaza de la Reina there is a tiny street which leads onto a large building on your left .

On your right is a shaded area where you can sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

apostles door valenciaThe beautiful door of the Apostles (Puerta de los Apostoles)  is a little further along on the right . This is where the water tribunal meets  in traditonal dress, every Thursday at 12 noon.

The meeting has been performed every week for hundreds of years. Disputes are aired between farmers over the irrigation of water in the huerta – the surrounding agricultural area around the city.

puertodelosapostoles (2)Plaza de la Virgen

Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparado

basilica de los desamparadosFurther along is the 17 century,  blue domed baroque building of the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparado (Church of the Virgin de los Desamparados) Patron of Valencia.

The statue of the virgin is loved and deeply respected and kept inside the church.

Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los DesamparadosOn feast days and events such as the Ofrenda of Las Fallas,  the statue is paraded through the streets amid a blanket of flowers.

Many other festivals and events are held throughout the year such as the Feast Day of the Patron on the second Sunday in May.

Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados and cafesThe other side of Plaza de la Virgen is surrounded by cafes and restaurants.

There are open air terraces and at the top of the square is a statue of a man reclining over water fountains which represents the river Turia.

plazavirginfountains (3)The eight statues have water pouring from jars representing the irrigation channels  of the river.

Leading off Plaza de la Virgen is Calle Caballeros and the trendy area of Barrio del Carmen.

plaza de la virgn restaurantThe area is good for nightlife as there are many clubs, bars and restaurants.  The stunning Palau de Generalatit,  seat of the Valencian Autonomous Region government, is behind the square.

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