Many new attractions, renovations and museums have been popping up in Valencia over the last year. Most notable perhaps are BombasGens, a contemporary art museum housed inside a renovated bomb factory, and the restoration of the San Nicolás church dubbed Valencia’s ‘Sistine Chapel’.
Colegio del Arte Mayor de la Seda
Situated in the Velluters neighbourhood of Valencia, the Colegio del Arte Mayor de la Seda is a delight for those interested in the history of silk and its place in Valencia. The building of the Colegio del Arte Mayor de la Seda in Valencia is itself a work of art. Carved staircases, beautifully-coloured frescoes, murals and mosaics create an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. The Gothic building dates back to the 15th century and contains a well-established archive including scrolls and books, related to the Valencia silk exchange.
The Hall of Fame lives up to its name with a mesmerising ceiling fresco of St. Jerome, the patron of the Silk Guild, created by José Vergara. The ceramic flooring of the hall represents silk and four continents, expressing the importance of the silk industry during the mid 1700s. The flooring illustrated by Vicente Navarro was inspired by the Quattro Fiumi (four rivers) in Rome.
For more info visit https://www.museodelasedavalencia.com/en/museum/
San Nicolás de Bari (Valencia’s “Sistine Chapel”)
One of the first Christian churches in the city of Valencia, the San Nicolás de Bari was introduced as a parish church in the early 13th century. Through its extensive lifetime, it has gone through a range of changes and additions. From Gothic in the 15th century to Baroque frescoes in the 17th century. Recently, intensive restoration has been completed to reveal fascinating frescoes on the ceiling of the chapel. These colourful and evocative frescoes are so impressive that experts have likened them to to the ‘Sistine Chapel’.
For more info visit http://www.sannicolasvalencia.com/
BombasGens Contemporary Art Gallery
Bombas Gens is light and spacious contemporary art gallery, housed in an old renovated factory. The factory’s initial use was for making hydraulic pumps, however during the Spanish Civil War, the factory was used to produce bombs. In amongst the contemporary artworks,you can still see the bomb shelter below the building that the workers used.
A hit with the locals, this has brought the community together with a historical exhibition featuring locals talking about their experiences during the time that the factory was open.
As well as the history exhibition, you can see contemporary photography exhibitions such as the Bleda y Rosa A Geography of Time or the Per Amor a l’Art collection which looks at ornament as an art form.
For more info visit http://www.bombasgens.com/
El Cabanyal district
El Cabanyal is the city’s old fisherman’s district, filled with charming colourful houses, which until recently had been in a state of disrepair. Recently, however, the area has been given a facelift and renovations have been taking place in the area near to Malvarrosa Beach. In the near future, this should be a picturesque area of Valencia.