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Southeast of Spain, Mediterranean coast. Along it stretched the ancient city of Valencia, the third largest in the state. Also called the autonomous region, the land of excellent sandy beaches and seaside resorts. The climate is more than conducive to this: the mountains serve as a reliable protection against cold winds, therefore in summer it is +30 or a degree or two higher, in winter it is not colder than +20. A true earthly paradise, given the citrus and date groves growing everywhere, bright juicy greenery, wonderful flowers, among which there are many exotic ones. By the way, the farmers here harvest several times a year - isn't this a sign of a God-blessed land!
Note to tourists
Valencia shows sights at every turn, this is an open-air museum. Therefore, the tourism industry is highly developed here and put on a grand scale. More than four hundred hotels alone have been built! And water parks, marine sports stations for spearfishing and water skiing, windsurfing and sailing races, climbing bases from where you can climb mountains with instructors, hangars with sports aircraft, excellent fields forgolf… As you can see, there is enough entertainment here for every taste, and that's not counting the traditional bullfighting and folk carnival!
Grey old man
However, the true we alth of the city lies elsewhere. Valencia generously presents the sights of past centuries to its guests. After all, it was founded in the second century AD, it was considered a Roman colony of the ancient era. And each subsequent century made its contribution, creating a unique image of the city.
Its historical center is the square of the Holy Virgin, once reminiscent of an island, because. washed on all sides by the river Turia. According to archaeologists and historians, the city was founded in this place. Millenniums have passed, there is no river for a long time - its reminder is a luxurious fountain - a favorite resting place for citizens on a summer day. But the huge 17th-century cathedral of Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados, built to glorify the Virgin Mary, after whom, in fact, the square is named, still stands. And the statue of the Virgin herself to this day is the patroness of Valencia and an assistant, protector of all those who suffer. By the way, Valencia offers sights not only in such obvious things, but also in street cafes, small and cozy restaurants, sitting at the tables of which, tasting local wine and traditional cuisine, you can feel all the charm and national flavor, the folk spirit of the city.
Another cultural center is Royal Square and the main Cathedral in front of it. Until the 13th century there was a mosque wherethe Moors sent their prayers. Then, for five centuries, the Cathedral was built here. From the highest of its bell towers, you can see the whole city - it is hard to imagine a more wonderful view. But, more importantly, it is in this building that the greatest shrine of the Christian world is kept - the Holy Grail, brought here in the 15th century.
A trained eye can generally see a lot of talking objects around. Buildings, for example, in the historic part of the city keep traces of not only ancient, but also Arabic and French architecture, elements of the Moorish style - traces of warriors and conquests that took place on this land.
Valencia demonstrates the sights of the first steps of Christianity on its territory in the form of the Crypt of St. Vincent, a martyr who suffered cruelly for his faith. This unremarkable chapel is a magnet for Catholic believers from all over the Old and New Worlds. The building is unique not only in age, but also in the style of construction - Visigothic - such in the world can be counted on the fingers. And inside the chapel, pilgrims and tourists can touch the crypt with the ashes of the saint - they say the stones have healing powers.
Valencia, Spain, sights… Thus, clicking their tongues, connoisseurs succinctly speak when they mention La Seo Cathedral, Torres de Serrano Gate, Santo Calis Chapel. Behind each name are the Epoch and History, revived in stone, frescoes, paintings. About each, and not only about these, but also other monuments, one can talk endlessly. And they are worth it, believe me! For example, a buildingThe seminary, which has now become a museum, hides within its walls priceless tapestries by Flemish and Brussels weavers, as well as paintings by famous Spanish artists. Truly, this land has much to be proud of!
The Spaniards are hospitable people. Therefore, Valencia tries to locate its hotels on such streets so that it is convenient for tourists to get to the central areas of the city and to its outskirts. Tourism is one of the main sources of income to the treasury, and therefore, in this regard, both in the city and in the region, everything is at the highest level.
Welcome to Valencia!
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