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List of sovereign states>Country|subdivision_name ={{ESP}}Autonomous communities of Spain>Autonomous CommunityValencia}}Provinces of Spain>ProvinceProvince of Valencia>ValenciaComarcas of the Valencian Community>Comarca|subdivision_name3 =Horta de València|established_title =Founded|established_date =138 BC|parts_type =Districts|parts_style =coll|p1=Ciutat Vella|government_footnotes =Ayuntamiento (Spain)>ayuntamiento|governing_body =Ajuntament de València|leader_party =CompromísAlcalde>Mayor|leader_name =Joan Ribó i Canut (2019)|total_type =|unit_pref =|area_footnotes =|area_magnitude =|area_total_km2 =134.65|area_urban_km2 =628.81|area_total_sq_mi =|area_land_km2 =|area_land_sq_mi =|area_water_km2 =|area_water_sq_mi =|area_water_percent =|elevation_footnotes = |elevation_m = 15|elevation_ft =population_as_of}}population_footnotes}}population_total}}|population_density_km2= auto|population_density_sq_mi=|population_est =|pop_est_as_of =|population_urban =1,595,000|population_metro =2,522,383Valencian people>Valencian valencià-ana (Valencian)valenciano-na (Spanish language>es)|population_note =|timezone1 = CET (GMT)|utc_offset1 = +01:00|timezone1_DST = CEST (GMT)|utc_offset1_DST = +02:00|postal_code_type =Postcode|postal_code = 46000-46080|area_code =ISO 3166-2)|blank_info_sec1 = ES-V|website =|footnotes =|image_dot_map =|dot_mapsize =|dot_map_caption =|dot_x= |dot_y=|p2=Eixample|p3=Extramurs|p4=Campanar|p5=Saïdia|p6=Pla del Real|p7=Olivereta|p8=Patraix|p9=Jesús|p10=Quatre Carreres|p11=Poblats Marítims|p12=Camins al Grau|p13=Algirós|p14=Benimaclet|p15=Pobles del Nord|p16=Pobles de l'Oest|p17=Pobles del Sud|twin1 =}}Valencia ({{IPA-es|baˈlenθja|lang}}), officially València ({{IPA-va|vaˈlensia|lang}}),WEB,weblink Els gentilicis valencians, 13 January 2016, pdf, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua, is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third-largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, with around 800,000 inhabitants in the administrative centre. Its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 1.6 million people. Valencia is Spain's third largest metropolitan area, with a population ranging from 1.7 to 2.5 million depending on how the metropolitan area is defined. The Port of Valencia is the 5th busiest container port in Europe and the busiest container port on the Mediterranean Sea. The city is ranked at Beta-global city in the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.Valencia was founded as a Roman colony by the consul Decimus Junius Brutus Callaicus in 138 BC, and called Valentia Edetanorum. In 714 Moroccan and Arab Moors occupied the city, introducing their language, religion and customs; they implemented improved irrigation systems and the cultivation of new crops as well. Valencia was the capital of the Taifa of Valencia. In 1238 the Christian king James I of Aragon conquered the city and divided the land among the nobles who helped him conquer it, as witnessed in the Llibre del Repartiment. He also created a new law for the city, the Furs of Valencia, which were extended to the rest of the Kingdom of Valencia. In the 18th century Philip V of Spain abolished the privileges as punishment to the kingdom of Valencia for aligning with the Habsburg side in the War of the Spanish Succession. Valencia was the capital of Spain when Joseph Bonaparte moved the Court there in the summer of 1812. It also served as capital between 1936 and 1937, during the Second Spanish Republic.The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea. Its historic centre is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately {{cvt|169|ha}};WEB,weblink Districte 1. Ciutat Vella, Oficina d'Estadística. Ajuntament de València, Catalan, Spanish, 2008, 16 February 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 5 April 2010, dmy-all, this heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.Due to its long history, this is a city with numerous popular celebrations and traditions, such as the Fallas (featuring the traditional Spanish dish paella), which were declared as Fiestas of National Tourist Interest of Spain in 1965NEWS,weblink LISTADO DE FIESTAS DE INTERÉS TURÍSTICO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA DECLARADAS POR LA CONSELLERIA DE TURISME, 11 April 2011, 2010, pdf, Conselleria de turisme de la Comunitat Valenciana, {{dead link|date=March 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} and Intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in November 2016. From 1991 to 2015, Rita Barberá Nolla was the mayor of the city, yet in 2015, Joan Ribó from Coalició Compromís, became mayor.


(File:Sello plaza de la virgen valencia.jpg|upright=0.65|thumb|left|Roman Cornucopia, symbol of Valentia, found on the floor of a Roman building excavated in the Plaça de la Mare de Déu.)The original Latin name of the city was Valentia ({{IPA-la|waˈlɛntɪa|IPA}}), meaning "strength", or "valour", the city being named according to the Roman practice of recognising the valour of former Roman soldiers after a war. The Roman historian Livy explains that the founding of Valentia in the 2nd century BC was due to the settling of the Roman soldiers who fought against an Iberian rebel, Viriatus.BOOK, A. E. Astin, The Cambridge Ancient History,weblink 1989, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-23448-1, 140, (File:A IMG 0975-a.jpg|thumb|upright=1.25|Plaça de la Mare de Déu (also called Plaza de la Virgen), iconic square of the city.)During the rule of the Muslim kingdoms in Spain, it had the nickname Medina at-Tarab ('City of Joy') according to one transliteration, or Medina at-Turab ('City of Sands') according to another, since it was located on the banks of the River Turia. It is not clear if the term Balansiyya was reserved for the entire Taifa of Valencia or also designated the city.WEB, Agustí Galbis, La ciutat de Valencia i El nom de "Madinat al-Turab",weblink Del Sit a Jaume I "Bloc en els artículs d'Agustí Galbis, 24 June 2014,weblink 7 April 2014, Catalan, 19 June 2009, By gradual sound changes, Valentia has become Valencia {{IPA-es|baˈlenθja|}} (i.e. before a pausa or nasal sound) or {{IPA-es|-βaˈlenθja|}} (after a continuant) in Castilian and València {{IPA-ca|vaˈlensia|}} in Valencian. In Valencian, e with grave accent (è) indicates /ɛ/ in contrast to /e/, but the word València is an exception to this rule, since è is pronounced /e/. The spelling "València" was approved by the AVL based on tradition after a debate on the matter.



File:Valencia, Spain ESA396538.jpg|thumb|right|upright=1.1|Valencia and surroundings as seen by the ESA's Sentinel-2Sentinel-2Valencia stands on the banks of the Turia River, located on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the western part of the Mediterranean Sea, fronting the Gulf of Valencia. At its founding by the Romans, it stood on a river island in the Turia, {{convert|6.4|km|mi|1}} from the sea. The Albufera, a freshwater lagoon and estuary about {{cvt|11|km|mi|0}} south of the city, is one of the largest lakes in Spain. The City Council bought the lake from the Crown of Spain for 1,072,980 pesetas in 1911,BOOK, Francisco de P. Momblanch y Gonzálbez, Historia de la Albufera de Valencia,weblink 5 February 2013, 1960, Excmo. Anuntamiento, 301, and today it forms the main portion of the Parc Natural de l'Albufera (Albufera Nature Reserve), with a surface area of {{convert|21,120|ha|acre}}. In 1976, because of its cultural, historical, and ecological value, the Generalitat Valenciana declared it a natural park.


(File:Ciutat vella vista.jpg|thumb|left|upright=1.15| Valencia has mild winters, little rain and long summers)Valencia has a subtropical Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csa)WEB, Guía resumida del clima en España (1981-2010),weblink Agencia Estatal de Meteorología, es, 7 November 2016, with short, very mild winters and long, hot and dry summers.BOOK, Alejandro J., Pérez Cueva, Atlas climático de la Comunidad Valenciana: 1961-1990, 1994, 1ª, Generalitat Valenciana, Valencia, 84-482-0310-0, 205, 807093628, Conselleria de Vivienda, Obras Públicas y Vertebración del Territorio,weblink JOURNAL, M., Kottek, J., Grieser, C., Beck, B., Rudolf, F., Rubel, World Map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification updated, Meteorol. Z., 15, 259–263,weblink 10.1127/0941-2948/2006/0130, 22 April 2009, 10 July 2006, 3, Its average annual temperature is {{cvt|18.4|°C|°F}}; {{cvt|23.0|°C|°F}} during the day and {{cvt|13.8|°C|°F}} at night. In the coldest month, January, the maximum temperature typically during the day ranges from {{cvt|14|to|21|C|F}}, the minimum temperature typically at night ranges from {{cvt|5|to|10|C|F}}. In the warmest month – August, the maximum temperature during the day typically ranges from {{cvt|28|to|34|C|F}}, about {{cvt|21|to|23|°C|°F}} at night. Generally, similar temperatures to those experienced in the northern part of Europe in summer last about 8 months, from April to November. March is transitional, the temperature often exceeds {{cvt|20|°C|0}}, with an average temperature of {{cvt|19.3|°C}} during the day and {{cvt|10.0|°C}} at night. December, January and February are the coldest months, with average temperatures around {{cvt|17|°C}} during the day and {{cvt|8|°C}} at night. Valencia has one of the mildest winters in Europe, owing to its southern location on the Mediterranean Sea and the Foehn phenomenon. The January average is comparable to temperatures expected for May and September in the major cities of northern Europe.Sunshine duration hours are 2,696 per year, from 155 (average nearly 5 hours of sunshine duration a day) in December to 315 (average above 10 hours of sunshine duration a day) in July. The average temperature of the sea is {{cvt|15|-|16|°C}} during wintersWEB,weblink Temperatura Agua del Mar, Año 2012, Registro de Datos, 31 December 2011, 24 October 2015, es, Dani, WEB,weblink, Valencia Climate Guide, 16 June 2012, and {{cvt|26|-|28|°C}} during summers.NEWS,weblink Temperatura del agua del mar, Las Provincias, 18 July 2010, 24 October 2015, es, Antonio, Rivera, Vocento, Average annual relative humidity is 65%.WEB,weblink Agencia Estatal de Meteorología, Valores climatológicos normales. València, 4 April 2019, es, {{Weather box40Metres above sea level>m.a.s.l., 1981–2010, location)|metric first= yes|single line= yes|Jan high C= 16.4|Feb high C= 17.1|Mar high C= 19.3|Apr high C= 20.8|May high C= 23.4|Jun high C= 27.1|Jul high C= 29.7|Aug high C= 30.2|Sep high C= 27.9|Oct high C= 24.3|Nov high C= 19.8|Dec high C= 17.0|year high C= 22.8|Jan mean C= 11.9|Feb mean C= 12.7|Mar mean C= 14.6|Apr mean C= 16.2|May mean C= 19.0|Jun mean C= 22.9|Jul mean C= 25.6|Aug mean C= 26.1|Sep mean C= 23.5|Oct mean C= 19.7|Nov mean C= 15.3|Dec mean C= 12.6|year mean C= 18.4|Jan low C= 7.1|Feb low C= 7.8|Mar low C= 9.7|Apr low C= 11.5|May low C= 14.6|Jun low C= 18.6|Jul low C= 21.5|Aug low C= 21.9|Sep low C= 19.1|Oct low C= 15.2|Nov low C= 10.8|Dec low C= 8.1|year low C= 13.8|Jan precipitation mm= 37|Feb precipitation mm= 36|Mar precipitation mm= 33|Apr precipitation mm= 38|May precipitation mm= 39|Jun precipitation mm= 22|Jul precipitation mm= 8|Aug precipitation mm= 20|Sep precipitation mm= 70|Oct precipitation mm= 77|Nov precipitation mm= 47|Dec precipitation mm= 48|year precipitation mm= 475|Jan precipitation days= 4.4|Feb precipitation days= 3.9|Mar precipitation days= 3.6|Apr precipitation days= 4.8|May precipitation days= 4.3|Jun precipitation days= 2.6|Jul precipitation days= 1.1|Aug precipitation days= 2.4|Sep precipitation days= 5.0|Oct precipitation days= 5.0|Nov precipitation days= 4.3|Dec precipitation days= 4.8|year precipitation days= 46.3|unit precipitation days= 1 mm|Jan sun= 171|Feb sun= 171|Mar sun= 215|Apr sun= 234|May sun= 259|Jun sun= 276|Jul sun= 315|Aug sun= 288|Sep sun= 235|Oct sun= 202|Nov sun= 167|Dec sun= 155|year sun= 2696Agencia Estatal de MeteorologíaHTTP://WWW.AEMET.ES/ES/SERVICIOSCLIMATICOS/DATOSCLIMATOLOGICOS/EFEMERIDES_EXTREMOS*?W=0&K=VAL&L=8414A&DATOS=DET&X=8414A&M=13&V=TODOS WORK=AGENCIA ESTATAL DE METEOROLOGíA LANGUAGE=ES, |date=July 2014}}


File:Banco de Valencia, Valencia, España, 2014-06-30, DD 135.JPG|thumb|left| Bank of Valencia ]]Valencia enjoyed strong economic growth before the economic crisis of 2008, much of it spurred by tourism and the construction industry, {{Citation needed|date=June 2008}} with concurrent development and expansion of telecommunications and transport. The city's economy is service-oriented, as nearly 84% of the working population is employed in service sector occupations{{Citation needed|date=May 2014|by=Richard Petillo}}. However, the city still maintains an important industrial base, with 8.5% of the population employed in this sector. Growth has recently improved in the manufacturing sector, mainly automobile assembly; (The large factory of Ford Motor Company lies in a suburb of the city, AlmussafesGlobal Operations – Spain: Valencia Body and Assembly – Agricultural activities are still carried on in the municipality, even though of relatively minor importance with only 1.9% of the working population and {{cvt|3,973|ha}} planted mostly in orchards and citrus groves.Since the onset of the Great Recession (2008), Valencia had experienced a growing unemployment rate, increased government debt, etc. Severe spending cuts had been introduced by the city government.In 2009, Valencia was designated "the 29th fastest-improving European city".WEB,weblink Best European business cities, City Mayors, 28 October 2009, 15 September 2011, Its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts contributes to its status as one of the world's "Beta"-rank global cities.WEB,weblink The World According to GaWC 2018, Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network, Loughborough University, 16 February 2019, The Valencia metropolitan area had a GDP amounting to .7 billion, and $28,141 per capita.WEB,weblink Global city GDP 2011, Brookings Institution, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 5 June 2013,


File:Port of Valencia.jpg|thumb|Port of ValenciaPort of ValenciaValencia's port is the biggest on the Mediterranean western coast,WEB,weblink Valenciaport in figures,, 1 January 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 9 September 2009, the first of Spain in container traffic {{As of|2008|lc=y}}WEB, Burguera,weblink Valencia supera an Algeciras y lidera por primera vez el tráfico de contenedores en España. Las Provincias,, 18 June 2009, Spanish, and the second of SpainWEB,weblink Resumen general del tráfico portuario en febrero | Puerto Bahía de Algeciras Blog,, 22 February 1999, 18 June 2009, in total traffic, handling 20% of Spain's exports.NEWS, Mckinley, James C.,weblink NY Times, 30 July 2008,, 2 March 2011, 9 March 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 7 April 2008, The main exports are foodstuffs and beverages. Other exports include oranges, furniture, ceramic tiles, fans, textiles and iron products. Valencia's manufacturing sector focuses on metallurgy, chemicals, textiles, shipbuilding and brewing. Small and medium-sized industries are an important part of the local economy, and before the current crisis unemployment was lower than the Spanish average.Valencia's port underwent radical changes to accommodate the 32nd America's Cup in 2007. It was divided into two parts—one was unchanged while the other section was modified for the America's Cup festivities. The two sections remain divided by a wall that projects far into the water to maintain clean water for the America's Cup side.File:Estación del Norte, Valencia, España, 2014-06-30, DD 122.JPG|thumb|left|upright=1.5|Estació del Nord ]]


Public transport is provided by the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV), which operates the Metrovalencia and other rail and bus services. The Estació del Nord (North Station) is the main railway terminus in Valencia. A new temporary station, Estació de València-Joaquín Sorolla, has been built on land adjacent to this terminus to accommodate high speed AVE trains to and from Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Alicante. Valencia Airport is situated {{convert|9|km|mi|abbr=on}} west of Valencia city centre. Alicante Airport is situated about {{convert|133|km|mi|abbr=on}} south of center of Valencia.The City of Valencia also makes available a bicycle sharing system named Valenbisi to both visitors and residents. As of 13 October 2012, the system has 2750 bikes distributed over 250 stations all throughout the city.WEB,weblink Valenbisi's official website,, 24 October 2015,

Valencia Public Transportation Statistics

The average amount of time people spend commuting with public transit in Valencia, for example to and from work, on a weekday is 44 min. 6% of public transit riders, ride for more than 2 hours every day. The average amount of time people wait at a stop or station for public transit is 10 min, while 9% of riders wait for over 20 minutes on average every day. The average distance people usually ride in a single trip with public transit is 5.9 km, while 8% travel for over 12 km in a single direction.WEB,weblink Valencia Public Transportation Statistics, Global Public Transit Index by Moovit, 19 June 2017, (File:CC-BY_icon.svg|50x50px) Material was copied from this source, which is available under a (creativecommons:by/4.0/|Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License).


(File:Playa de la Malvarrosa (Valencia) 01.jpg|thumb|Malvarrosa Beach)Starting in the mid-1990s, Valencia, formerly an industrial centre, saw rapid development that expanded its cultural and tourism possibilities, and transformed it into a newly vibrant city. Many local landmarks were restored, including the ancient Towers of the medieval city (Serrans Towers and Quart Towers), and the Saint Miquel dels Reis monastery ((:es:Monasterio de San Miguel de los Reyes)), which now holds a conservation library. Whole sections of the old city, for example the Carmen Quarter, have been extensively renovated. The Passeig Marítim, a {{convert|4|km|mi|0|abbr=on}} long palm tree-lined promenade was constructed along the beaches of the north side of the port (Platja de Les Arenes, Platja del Cabanyal and Platja de la Malva-rosa).The city has numerous convention centres and venues for trade events, among them the Feria Valencia Convention and Exhibition Centre (Institución Ferial de Valencia) and the Palau de congres (Conference Palace), and several 5-star hotels to accommodate business travelers.File:Fallas2017 Mascletà 06.jpg|thumb|left| Locals and tourists watching the traditional "mascletà" during FallesFallesIn its long history, Valencia has acquired many local traditions and festivals, among them the Falles, which were declared Celebrations of International Tourist Interest (Festes de Interés Turístic Internacional) on 25 January 1965 and UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage of humanity list on 30 November 2016, and the Water Tribunal of Valencia (Tribunal de les Aigües de València), which was declared an intangible cultural heritage of humanity (Patrimoni Cultural Inmaterial de la Humanitat) in 2009. In addition to these Valencia has hosted world-class events that helped shape the city's reputation and put it in the international spotlight, e.g., the Regional Exhibition of 1909, the 32nd and the 33rd America's Cup competitions, the European Grand Prix of Formula One auto racing, the Valencia Open 500 tennis tournament, and the Global Champions Tour of equestrian sports. The final round of the MotoGP Championship is held annually at the Circuito de la Communitat Valenciana.The 2007 America's Cup yachting races were held at Valencia in June and July 2007 and attracted huge crowds. The Louis Vuitton stage drew 1,044,373 visitors and the America's Cup match drew 466,010 visitors to the event.WEB, ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE 32nd AMERICA’S CUP VALENCIA 2007,weblink, Instituto Valenciano de Invesitigaciones Economicas, 31 August 2016, {{Dead link|date=August 2019 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}


The third largest city in Spain and the 24th most populous municipality in the European Union, Valencia has a population of 809,267WEB,weblink Instituto Nacional de Estadística. (National Statistics Institute),, 28 May 2001, 6 May 2009, within its administrative limits on a land area of {{convert|134.6|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on}}. The urban area of Valencia extending beyond the administrative city limits has a population of between 1,564,145Eurostat – Larger Urban Zones: Urban {{webarchive|url= |date=17 December 2007 }} and 1,595,000.World Urban Areas – Demographia, 04.2018 Also according to Spanish Ministry of Development, Greater Urban Area (es. Gran Área Urbana) within Horta of Valencia has a population of 1,551,585 on area of 628,81 km², in period of 2001-2011 there was a population increase of 191,842 people, an increase of 14.1%.Áreas urbanas +50, Ministerio de Fomento de España. About 2 million people live in the Valencia metropolitan area. According to the, metropolitan area has a population of 1,770,742The Principal Agglomerations of the World – Population Statistics and Maps –, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: 2,300,000Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Competitive Cities in the Global Economy, OECD Territorial Reviews, (OECD Publishing, 2006), Table 1.1, according to the World Gazetteer: 2,513,965weblink – World Gazetteer, 2017 and according to the Eurostat: 2,522,383.„Population by sex and age groups” – Eurostat, 2017. Between 2007 and 2008 there was a 14% increase in the foreign born population with the largest numeric increases by country being from Bolivia, Romania and Italy. This growth in the foreign born population, which rose from 1.5% in the year 2000WEB,weblink foreign born population in 2001, 9 March 2011, to 9.1% in 2009,WEB,weblink$FILE/Pob_Estrangera_2009.pdf, Foreign born population in 2008, p7, PDF, 9 March 2011,weblink" title="">weblink$FILE/Pob_Estrangera_2009.pdf, 20 July 2011, dead, dmy-all, has also occurred in the two larger cities of Madrid and Barcelona.WEB,weblink Table 1.1 foreign born population, 9 March 2011, The main countries of origin were Romania, United Kingdom and Bulgaria.WEB,weblink Population of Valencia 2017, 29 August 2017, The 10 largest groups of foreign born people by 2018 are : {|Ecuador}}13,459Colombia}}11,863Bolivia}}9,099Romania}}8,509China}}6,308Venezuela}}6,214Argentina}}6,039Pakistan}}5,500France}}5,399Morocco}}4,599


(File:Paella hirviendo.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|Traditional preparation of paella)Valencia is known internationally for the Falles (Les Falles), a local festival held in March, as well as for paella valenciana, traditional Valencian ceramics, craftsmanship in traditional dress, and the architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences, designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.La Tomatina, an annual tomato fight, draws crowds to the nearby town of Buñol in August. There are also a number of well-preserved traditional Catholic festivities throughout the year. Holy Week celebrations in Valencia are considered some of the most colourful in Spain. Visit Valencia tourism site.weblink Visit Valencia - Holy WeekValencia was once the site of the Formula One European Grand Prix, first hosting the event on 24 August 2008, but was dropped at the beginning of the Grand Prix 2013 season, though still holds the annual Moto GP race at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, usually that last race of the season in November.The University of Valencia (officially Universitat de València Estudi General) was founded in 1499, being one of the oldest surviving universities in Spain and the oldest university in the Valencian Community. It was listed as one of the four leading Spanish universities in the 2011 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities.In 2012, Boston's Berklee College of Music opened a satellite campus at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, its first and only international campus outside the U.S.NEWS, Minder, Raphael, Berklee to Open a Campus in Spain,weblink 12 April 2012, The New York Times, 15 March 2011, Since 2003, Valencia also hosts the music courses of Musikeon, the leading musical institution in the Spanish-speaking world.


Valencia is a bilingual city: Valencian and Spanish are the two official languages. Spanish is official in all of Spain, whereas Valencian is official in the Valencian Community. Despite distinct dialectal traits and political tension between Catalonia and Valencia, Catalan and Valencian are mutually intelligible and considered two varieties of the same language by the linguistic academies and governments of both regions, just under different names.DICTIONARY,weblink Diccionari normatiu valencià, 9 March 2011, Mobile,weblink" title="">weblink 30 September 2018, live, Valencian has been historically de-emphasised in favour of Spanish. The effects have been more noticeable in the city proper where its daily use is favoured by only 10% of the population, although virtually all know Valencian to one degree or another. This situation also applies in the city of Alicante, population 350,000, the southernmost section of Alicante province with 400,000 inhabitants, and the traditionally Spanish-speaking population in the western regions of the Valencian Community. Whereas the language has remained active in the rural, coastal and metropolitan areas which have a population of 3.4 million. Ability to understand Valencian approaches 80% overall and fluency is 57% in a population of 5 million. If the Spanish-speaking regions with 500,000 are not included comprehension is about 85% and fluency rises to 62%.After the Castille-Aragon unification, a Spanish-speaking elite established itself in the city.The upper classes in Valenician favoured Spanish while the opposite was the case in Catalonia. In more recent history, the establishment of Franco's military and administrative apparatus in Valencia further excluded Valencian from public life. Valencian recovered its official status, prestige and use in education after the transition to democracy in 1978. However, due to industrialisation in recent decades, Valencia has attracted immigration from other regions in Spain, and hence there is also a demographic factor for its declining social use. Due to a combination of these reasons, Valencia has become the bastion of anti-Catalan blaverism, which celebrates Valencian as merely folkloric, but rejects the existing standard which was adapted from Catalan orthography.Spanish is currently the predominant language in the city proper.WEB,weblink Institut Valencià d'Estadística, 9 March 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 28 September 2011, Generalitat Valenciana, live, Due to the education system, most Valencians know Spanish and Valencian, and either can be used in the city. Valencia is therefore the second biggest Catalan-speaking city after Barcelona. Institutional buildings and streets are named in Valencian. The city is also home to many pro-Valencian political and civil organisations. Furthermore, education entirely in Valencian is offered in more than 70 state-owned schools in the city, as well as by the University of Valencia across all disciplines.


File:Horchata de chufa 2.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|Glass of orxata de xufa and fartonsfartonsValencia is known for its gastronomic culture. The paella (a simmered rice dish with meat (usually chicken or rabbit) or seafood) was born in Valencia; Other traditional dishes of Valencian gastronomy includes "fideuà", "arròs a banda", "arròs negre" (black rice), "fartons", "bunyols", the Spanish omelette, "pinchos" or "tapas" and "calamares"(squid).Valencia was also the birthplace of the cold xufa beverage known as orxata, popular in many parts of the world, including the Americas.


(File:Natura Mare (2).jpg|thumb|upright|Falla Na Jordana 2003 (winner))
Falles of Valencia
Every year, the five days and nights from 15 to 19 March, called Falles, are a continual festival in Valencia; beginning on 1 March, the popular pyrotechnic events called mascletàes start every day at 2:00 pm. The Falles (Fallas in Spanish) is an enduring tradition in Valencia and other towns in the Valencian Community,WEB,weblink Fiestas de Valencia, City Council of Valencia, 2008,, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 13 January 2012, where it has become an important tourist attraction. The festival began in the 18th century,WEB,weblink Historia de las Fallas – Fallas Valencia 2015, Las, Provincias,, and came to be celebrated on the night of the feast day of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, with the burning of waste planks of wood from their workshops, as well as worn-out wooden objects brought by people in the neighborhood.BOOK, Eamonn Rodgers, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture,weblink 11 March 2002, Routledge, 978-1-134-78858-3, 174, This tradition continued to evolve, and eventually the parots were dressed with clothing to look like people—these were the first ninots, with features identifiable as being those of a well-known person from the neighborhood often added as well. In 1901 the city inaugurated the awarding of prizes for the best Falles monuments, and neighborhood groups still vie with each other to make the most impressive and outrageous creations.BOOK, Antonio Ariño Villarroya, La ciudad ritual: la fiesta de las Fallas,weblink 1 January 1992, Anthropos Editorial, 978-84-7658-368-5, 60, Their intricate assemblages, placed on top of pedestals for better visibility, depict famous personalities and topical subjects of the past year, presenting humorous and often satirical commentary on them.19 March at night Valencians burn all the Falles in an event called "La Cremà".


Roman colony

(File:Centro Arqueológico de la Almoina 21.jpg|thumb|left|upright=0.65|The Archaeological Center of la Almoina contains a large collection of remains of the Roman city of Valentia Edetanorum.)Valencia is one of the oldest cities in Spain, founded in the Roman period, c. 138 BC, under the name "Valentia Edetanorum". A few centuries later, with the power vacuum left by the demise of the Roman imperial administration, the Catholic Church assumed the reins of power in the city, coinciding with the first waves of the invading Germanic peoples (Suevi, Vandals and Alans, and later the Visigoths).

Muslim rule

(File:Torre de l'Àngel, València.JPG|thumb|upright|The "Tower del Ángel" formed part of the Muslim Walls of Valencia)The city surrendered to the invading Moors (Berbers and Arabs) about 714 AD,BOOK, Vicente Coscollá Sanz, La Valencia musulmana,weblink 2003, Carena Editors, S.l., 978-84-87398-75-9, 16, and the cathedral of Saint Vincent was turned into a mosque.The Castilian nobleman Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, known as El Cid, in command of a combined Christian and Moorish army, besieged the city beginning in 1092. After the siege ended in May 1094, he ruled the city and its surrounding territory as his own fiefdom for five years from 15 June 1094 to July 1099.The city remained in the hands of Christian troops until 1102, when the Almoravids retook the city and restored the Muslim religion. Alfonso VI of León and Castile, drove them from the city, but was unable to hold it. The Almoravid Mazdali took possession on 5 May 1109, then the Almohads, seized control of it in 1171.Many Jews lived in Valencia during early Muslim rule, including the accomplished Jewish poet Solomon ibn Gabirol, who spent his last years in the city.Angel Saénz-Badillos, “Valencia”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. First published online: 2010 Jews continued to live in Valencia throughout the Almoravid and Almohad dynasties, many of them being artisans such as silversmiths, shoemakers, blacksmiths, locksmiths, etc.; a few were rabbinic scholars. When the city fell to James I of Aragon, the Jewish population of the city constituted about 7 percent of the population.

Christian reconquest

File:Puerta de los Serranos, Valencia, España, 2014-06-30, DD 86.JPG|thumb|Towers of Serranos is one of the twelve gates that guarded the Christian city walls of Valencia. Built between 1392 and 1398 in the Valencian GothicValencian GothicIn 1238,BOOK, Pierre Guichard, Al-Andalus frente a la conquista cristiana: los musulmanes de Valencia, siglos XI-XIII,weblink 2001, Universitat de València, 978-84-7030-852-9, 176, King James I of Aragon, with an army composed of Aragonese, Catalans, Navarrese and crusaders from the Order of Calatrava, laid siege to Valencia and on 28 September obtained a surrender.{{sfn|Chisholm|1911}} Fifty thousand Moors were forced to leave.The city endured serious troubles in the mid-14th century, including the decimation of the population by the Black Death of 1348 and subsequent years of epidemics — as well as a series of wars and riots that followed. In 1391, the Jewish quarter was destroyed.The 15th century was a time of economic expansion, known as the Valencian Golden Age, during which culture and the arts flourished. Concurrent population growth made Valencia the most populous city in the Crown of Aragon.Some of the most emblematic buildings of the city were built during this period, including the Serrans Towers (1392), the Silk Exchange (1482), the Micalet, and the Chapel of the Kings of the Convent of Sant Domènec. In painting and sculpture, Flemish and Italian trends had an influence on Valencian artists.Valencia rose to become one of the most influential cities on the Mediterranean in the 15th and 16th centuries. However, following the European discovery of the Americas, the Valencians, just like the Catalans, Aragonese and Majorcans, were unable to profit from participation in New World commerce due to their location far from the Atlantic coast. With this loss of trade, Valencia eventually suffered an economic crisis.

17th century

(File:Embarco moriscos en el Grao de valencia.jpg|thumb|upright=1.35|Expulsion of the Moriscos from Valencia Grau by Pere Oromig. Painting of 1616.)The crisis deepened during the 17th century with the expulsion in 1609 of the Jews and the Moriscos, descendants of the Muslim population that had converted to Christianity. The Spanish government systematically forced Moriscos to leave the kingdom for Muslim North Africa. They were concentrated in the former Kingdom of Aragon, and in the Valencia area specifically, they constituted roughly a third of the total population.BOOK, Meyerson, Mark D., The Muslims of Valencia in the Age of Fernando and Isabel: between Coexistence and Crusade, University of California Press, Berkeley, California, 1991, 978-0-520-06888-9, 14, The expulsion caused the financial ruin of some of the nobility and the bankruptcy of the Taula de Canvi financial institution in 1613.

18th century

The decline of the city reached its nadir with the War of Spanish Succession (1702–1709), marking the end of the political and legal independence of the Kingdom of Valencia. During the War of the Spanish Succession, Valencia sided with the Habsburg ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, Charles of Austria. On 24 January 1706, Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough, 1st Earl of Monmouth, led a handful of English cavalrymen into the city after riding south from Barcelona, captured the nearby fortress at Sagunt, and bluffed the Spanish Bourbon army into withdrawal.The English held the city for 16 months and defeated several attempts to expel them. After the victory of the Bourbons at the Battle of Almansa on 25 April 1707, the English army evacuated Valencia and Philip V ordered the repeal of the privileges of Valencia as punishment for the kingdom's support of Charles of Austria.BOOK, Norwich, John Jules, The Middle Sea. A History of the Mediterranean, 2007, Chatto & Windus, London, 0-7011-7608-3, By the Nueva Planta decrees (Decretos de Nueva Planta) the ancient Charters of Valencia were abolished and the city was governed by the Castilian Charter.The Valencian economy recovered during the 18th century with the rising manufacture of woven silk and ceramic tiles. The Palau de Justícia is an example of the affluence manifested in the most prosperous times of Bourbon rule (1758–1802) during the rule of Charles III. The 18th century was the age of the Enlightenment in Europe, and its humanistic ideals influenced such men as Gregory Maians and Perez Bayer in Valencia, who maintained correspondence with the leading French and German thinkers of the time.

19th century

File:Entrada triomfal de Ferran VII a València, 1815, Miquel Parra.jpg|thumb|upright=1.35|left|Triumphal welcome of Ferdinand VII of Spain at Valencia, 1814 by Miquel Parra ]]The 19th century began with Spain embroiled in wars with France, Portugal, and England—but the War of Independence most affected the Valencian territories and the capital city. The repercussions of the French Revolution were still felt when Napoleon's armies invaded the Iberian Peninsula. The Valencian people rose up in arms against them on 23 May 1808, inspired by leaders such as Vicent Doménech el Palleter.The mutineers seized the Citadel, a Supreme Junta government took over, and on 26–28 June, Napoleon's Marshal Moncey attacked the city with a column of 9,000 French imperial troops in the First Battle of Valencia. He failed to take the city in two assaults and retreated to Madrid. Marshal Suchet began a long siege of the city in October 1811, and after intense bombardment forced it to surrender on 8 January 1812. After the capitulation, the French instituted reforms in Valencia, which became the capital of Spain when the Bonapartist pretender to the throne, José I (Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's elder brother), moved the Court there in the middle of 1812. The disaster of the Battle of Vitoria on 21 June 1813 obliged Suchet to quit Valencia, and the French troops withdrew in July.Ferdinand VII became king after the victorious end of the Peninsular War, which freed Spain from Napoleonic domination. When he returned on 24 March 1814 from exile in France, the Cortes requested that he respect the liberal Constitution of 1812, which seriously limited royal powers. Ferdinand refused and went to Valencia instead of Madrid. Here, on 17 April, General Elio invited the King to reclaim his absolute rights and put his troops at the King's disposition. The king abolished the Constitution of 1812 and dissolved the two chambers of the Spanish Parliament on 10 May. Thus began six years (1814–1820) of absolutist rule, but the constitution was reinstated during the Trienio Liberal, a period of three years of liberal government in Spain from 1820–1823.File:València el 1832, per A. Guesdon.jpg|thumb|upright=1.25|Valencia in 1832 by French Alfred Guesdon ]]On the death of King Ferdinand VII in 1833, Baldomero Espartero became one of the most ardent defenders of the hereditary rights of the king's daughter, the future Isabella II. During the regency of Maria Cristina, Espartero ruled Spain for two years as its 18th Prime Minister from 16 September 1840 to 21 May 1841. City life in Valencia carried on in a revolutionary climate, with frequent clashes between liberals and republicans.The reign of Isabella II as an adult (1843–1868) was a period of relative stability and growth for Valencia. During the second half of the 19th century the bourgeoisie encouraged the development of the city and its environs; land-owners were enriched by the introduction of the orange crop and the expansion of vineyards and other crops,. This economic boom corresponded with a revival of local traditions and of the Valencian language, which had been ruthlessly suppressed from the time of Philip V. Around 1870, the Valencian Renaissance, a movement committed to the revival of the Valencian language and traditions, began to gain ascendancy.

20th century

(File:Palaciow.jpg|thumb|Palaciow|Palau de l'Exposició (Palacio de la Exposición), site of Regional Exhibition of 1909)In the early 20th century Valencia was an industrialised city. The silk industry had disappeared, but there was a large production of hides and skins, wood, metals and foodstuffs, this last with substantial exports, particularly of wine and citrus. Small businesses predominated, but with the rapid mechanisation of industry larger companies were being formed. The best expression of this dynamic was in the regional exhibitions, including that of 1909 held next to the pedestrian avenue L'Albereda (Paseo de la Alameda), which depicted the progress of agriculture and industry. Among the most architecturally successful buildings of the era were those designed in the Art Nouveau style, such as the North Station (Estació del Nord) and the Central and Columbus markets.World War I (1914–1918) greatly affected the Valencian economy, causing the collapse of its citrus exports. The Second Spanish Republic (1931–1939) opened the way for democratic participation and the increased politicisation of citizens, especially in response to the rise of Conservative Front power in 1933. The inevitable march to civil war and the combat in Madrid resulted in the removal of the capital of the Republic to Valencia.File:Goverment of the Spanish Republic in Valencia.jpg|thumb|After the continuous unsuccessful Francoist sieges on Madrid during the Spanish Civil War, the government of the Republic of Spain decreed Valencia as the capital of the country, from 7 November 1936 until 31 October 1937.HTTPS://ELPAIS.COM/CCAA/2015/11/16/VALENCIA/1447694968_672284.HTML, Valencia, capital de la Segunda República española, El PaísEl PaísOn 6 November 1936, the city became the capital of Republican Spain. The city was heavily bombarded by air and sea, and by the end of the war the city had survived 442 bombardments, leaving 2,831 dead and 847 wounded, although it is estimated that the death toll was higher. The Republican government moved to Barcelona on 31 October of that year. On 30 March 1939, Valencia surrendered and the Nationalist troops entered the city. The postwar years were a time of hardship for Valencians. During Franco's regime speaking or teaching Valencian was prohibited; in a significant reversal it is now compulsory for every schoolchild in Valencia.The dictatorship of Franco forbade political parties and began a harsh ideological and cultural repression countenancedBOOK, Mary Reichardt, Between Human and Divine: The Catholic Vision in Contemporary Literature,weblink 2010, CUA Press, 978-0-8132-1739-0, 87–88, and sometimes led by the Catholic Church.BOOK, Michael R. Tobin, Georges Bernanos,weblink 17 October 2007, McGill-Queen's Press – MQUP, 978-0-7735-6045-1, 30, BOOK, Georges Bernanos, Michel del Castillo, Les grands cimetières sous la lune,weblink 2008, Castor astral, French, 978-2-85920-751-9, 15, The economy began to recover in the early 1960s, and the city experienced explosive population growth through immigration spurred by the jobs created with the implementation of major urban projects and infrastructure improvements. With the advent of democracy in Spain, the ancient kingdom of Valencia was established as a new autonomous entity, the Valencian Community, the Statute of Autonomy of 1982 designating Valencia as its capital.Valencia has since then experienced a surge in its cultural development, exemplified by exhibitions and performances at such iconic institutions as the Palau de la Música, the Palacio de Congresos, the Metro, the City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències), the Valencian Museum of Enlightenment and Modernity (Museo Valenciano de la Ilustracion y la Modernidad), and the Institute of Modern Art (Institut Valencià d'Art Modern). The various productions of Santiago Calatrava, a renowned structural engineer, architect, and sculptor and of the architect Félix Candela have contributed to Valencia's international reputation. These public works and the ongoing rehabilitation of the Old City (Ciutat Vella) have helped improve the city's livability and tourism is continually increasing.

21st century

On 9 July 2006, the World Day of Families, during Mass at Valencia's Cathedral, Our Lady of the Forsaken Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI used, the Sant Calze, a 1st-century Middle-Eastern artifact that some Catholics believe is the Holy Grail. It was supposedly brought to that church by Emperor Valerian in the 3rd century, after having been brought by St. Peter to Rome from Jerusalem. The Sant Calze (Holy Chalice) is a simple, small stone cup. Its base was added during the medieval period and consists of fine gold, alabaster and gem stones.WEB,weblinkweblink dead, 11 July 2006, About the Santo Caliz (Holy Chalice),, 9 March 2011, Valencia was selected in 2003 to host the historic America's Cup yacht race, the first European city ever to do so. The America's Cup matches took place from April to July 2007. On 3 July 2007, Alinghi defeated Team New Zealand to retain the America's Cup. Twenty-two days later, on 25 July 2007, the leaders of the Alinghi syndicate, holder of the America's Cup, officially announced that Valencia would be the host city for the 33rd America's Cup, held in June 2009.Announcement of the election as host city for 33rd America's Cup {{webarchive |url= |date=23 January 2010 }}In the Valencia City Council elections from 1991 to 2015 the City Council was governed by the People's Party of Spain (Partido Popular) (PP) and Mayor Rita Barberá Nolla who became mayor by a pact made with the Valencian Union.file:SantaCatalina - Vertorama.jpg|thumb|upright=0.6|Baroque belfry of the Gothic Santa Catalina church ]]

Main sights

Major monuments include Valencia Cathedral, the Torres de Serrans, the Torres de Quart ((:es:Torres de Quart)), the Llotja de la Seda (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996), and the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences), an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.WEB,weblink Sitio oficial de Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, 18 September 2011, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, 2011,, The Museu de Belles Arts de València houses a large collection of paintings from the 14th to the 18th centuries, including works by Velázquez, El Greco, and Goya, as well as an important series of engravings by Piranesi.WEB,weblink MUSEO DE BELLAS ARTES DE VALENCIA, 12 October 2011,, Generalitat Valenciana, The Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (Valencian Institute of Modern Art) houses both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and photography.WEB,weblink Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, 12 October 2011,, Generalitat Valenciana,


The ancient winding streets of the Barrio del Carmen contain buildings dating to Roman and Arabic times. The Cathedral, built between the 13th and 15th centuries, is primarily of Valencian Gothic style but contains elements of Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Beside the Cathedral is the Gothic Basilica of the Virgin (Basílica De La Mare de Déu dels Desamparats). The 15th-century Serrans and Quart towers are part of what was once the wall surrounding the city.UNESCO has recognised the Silk Exchange market (La Llotja de la Seda), erected in early Valencian Gothic style, as a World Heritage Site.WEB,weblink La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, 9 March 2011, United Nations, The Central Market (Mercat Central) in Valencian Art Nouveau style, is one of the largest in Europe. The main railway station Estació Del Nord is built in Valencian Art Nouveau (a Spanish version of Art Nouveau) style.World-renowned (and city-born) architect Santiago Calatrava produced the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències), which contains an opera house/performing arts centre, a science museum, an IMAX cinema/planetarium, an oceanographic park and other structures such as a long covered walkway and restaurants. Calatrava is also responsible for the bridge named after him in the centre of the city. The Music Palace (Palau De La Música) ((:es:Palacio de la Música de Valencia)) is another noteworthy example of modern architecture in Valencia.file:Plaça maededéu1.jpg|Cathedral of ValenciaFile:València, pati del palau de l'Almirall.jpg|The gothic courtyard of the Palace of the Admiral of AragonFile:Convento de Santo Domingo, Valencia, España, 2014-06-29, DD 13.JPG|Convento de Santo Domingo (1300-1640)file:Lonja Techo Fisheye.jpg|Llotja de la Seda (Silk Exchange, interior)File:Mercado de Colón, Valencia, España, 2014-06-29, DD 09.JPG|Mercat de Colon in Valencian Art Nouveau stylefile:Dosaigues vista.jpg|Palace of the Marqués de Dos AguasFile:Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, València, Valencia, Spain - panoramio (3).jpg|L´Hemisfèric (IMAX Dome cinema) and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofiafile:El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe – Bilim ve Uzay Müzesi.jpg|Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipefile:Ágora, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia, España, 2014-06-29, DD 58.JPG|Assut de l'Or Bridge and L'Àgora behind.File:Santjoanhospital pati.jpg|Sant Joan de l'Hospital church built in 1316 (except for a Baroque chapel)File:Baños del Almirante 01.JPG|Mudéjar (Christian) baths Banys de l'Almirall (1313-1320)File:Qk-Antoni-Peris-detalle-06.jpg|The Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia, is the second museum with the largest amount of paintings in Spain,NEWS,weblink La segunda pinacoteca de España cumple 175 años y mira al siglo XXI, El Mundo (Spain), El Mundo, 22 October 2014, 4 April 2019, EFE, EFE, Unidad Editorial Información General S.L.U., NEWS,weblink El San Pío V, segunda pinacoteca de España, culmina su ampliación, El País, 12 January 2017, Cristina, Vázquez, 4 April 2019, Prisa, after Prado Museumfile:Mercat façana5.jpg|Mercat Central (Central Market), in Valencian Art Nouveau styleFile:Patriarca dins.jpg|Real Colegio Seminario del Corpus ChristiFile:València, Paseo Real Basilica Nuestra Señora-PM 51920.jpg|One of the few arch-bridges that links the Cathedral with neighboring buildings. This one built in 1666.File:WLM14ES - CONVENTO DE SAN MIGUEL DE LOS REYES DE VALENCIA 06122009 130023 00062 - .jpg|Monastery of San Miguel de los Reyes built between 1548-1763

The cathedral

(File:Cimbori almoina abril 1.jpg|thumb|Northern view of the cathedral: dome, apse, and the Basilica of Our Lady)The Valencia Cathedral was called Iglesia Major in the early days of the Reconquista, then Iglesia de la Seu (Seu is from the Latin sedes, i.e., (archiepiscopal) See), and by virtue of the papal concession of 16 October 1866, it was called the Basilica Metropolitana. It is situated in the centre of the ancient Roman city where some believe the temple of Diana stood. In Gothic times, it seems to have been dedicated to the Holy Saviour; the Cid dedicated it to the Blessed Virgin; King James I of Aragon did likewise, leaving in the main chapel the image of the Blessed Virgin, which he carried with him and is reputed to be the one now preserved in the sacristy. The Moorish mosque, which had been converted into a Christian Church by the conqueror, was deemed unworthy of the title of the cathedral of Valencia, and in 1262 Bishop Andrés de Albalat laid the cornerstone of the new Gothic building, with three naves; these reach only to the choir of the present building. Bishop Vidal de Blanes built the chapter hall, and James I added the tower, called El Micalet because it was blessed on St. Michael's day in 1418. The tower is about {{convert|58|m|ft|abbr=off}} high and is topped with a belfry (1660–1736).In the 15th century the dome was added and the naves extended back of the choir, uniting the building to the tower and forming a main entrance. Archbishop Luis Alfonso de los Cameros began the building of the main chapel in 1674; the walls were decorated with marbles and bronzes in the Baroque style of that period. At the beginning of the 18th century the German Conrad Rudolphus built the façade of the main entrance. The other two doors lead into the transept; one, that of the Apostles in pure pointed Gothic, dates from the 14th century, the other is that of the Palau. The additions made to the back of the cathedral detract from its height. The 18th-century restoration rounded the pointed arches, covered the Gothic columns with Corinthian pillars, and redecorated the walls.File:Valencia Water Court.JPG|thumb|Sitting of the Tribunal de les Aigües outside the Portal of the Apostles of the Valencia Cathedral]]The dome has no lantern, its plain ceiling being pierced by two large side windows. There are four chapels on either side, besides that at the end and those that open into the choir, the transept, and the sanctuary. It contains many paintings by eminent artists. A silver reredos, which was behind the altar, was carried away in the war of 1808, and converted into coin to meet the expenses of the campaign. There are two paintings by Francisco de Goya in the San Francesco chapel. Behind the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is a small Renaissance chapel built by Calixtus III. Beside the cathedral is the chapel dedicated to the Our Lady of the Forsaken (Mare de Déu dels desamparats).The Tribunal de les Aigües (Water Court), a court dating from Moorish times that hears and mediates in matters relating to irrigation water, sits at noon every Thursday outside the Porta dels Apostols (Portal of the Apostles).WEB,weblink Valencia's unique 'Water Court', Reality Sense, 31 January 2011,


File:Palau generalitat9.jpg|thumb|left|Palau de la Generalitat ValencianaGeneralitat ValencianaIn 1409, a hospital was founded and placed under the patronage of Santa Maria dels Innocents; to this was attached a confraternity devoted to recovering the bodies of the unfriended dead in the city and within a radius of 5 km around it. At the end of the 15th century this confraternity separated from the hospital, and continued its work under the name of "Cofradia para el ámparo de los desamparados". King Philip IV of Spain and the Duke of Arcos suggested the building of the new chapel, and in 1647 the Viceroy, Conde de Oropesa, who had been preserved from the bubonic plague, insisted on carrying out their project. The Blessed Virgin was proclaimed patroness of the city under the title of Virgen de los desamparados (Virgin of the Forsaken), and Archbishop Pedro de Urbina, on 31 June 1652, laid the cornerstone of the new chapel of this name. The archiepiscopal palace, a grain market in the time of the Moors, is simple in design, with an inside cloister and achapel. In 1357, the arch that connects it with the cathedral was built. Inside the council chamber are preserved the portraits of all the prelates of Valencia.

Medieval churches

(File:Iglesia de los Juanes, Valencia, España, 2014-06-29, DD 19.JPG|thumb|Sant Joan del Mercat church (14th c.-1700)) El Temple (the Temple), the ancient church of the Knights Templar, which passed into the hands of the Order of Montesa and was rebuilt in the reigns of Ferdinand VI and Charles III; the former convent of the Dominicans, at one time the headquarters of the Capitan General, the cloister of which has a Gothic wing and chapter room, large columns imitating palm trees; the Colegio del Corpus Christi, which is devoted to the Blessed Sacrament, and in which perpetual adoration is carried on; the Jesuit college, which was destroyed in 1868 by the revolutionary Committee of the Popular Front, but later rebuilt; and the Colegio de San Juan (also of the Society), the former college of the nobles, now a provincial institute for secondary instruction.

Squares and gardens

(File:Plaça de l'Ajuntament de València, País Valencià.JPG|thumb|Plaça de l'Ajuntament)The largest plaza in Valencia is the Plaça del Ajuntament; it is home to the City Hall (Ajuntament) on its western side and the central post office (Edifici de Correus) on its eastern side, a cinema that shows classic movies, and many restaurants and bars. The plaza is triangular in shape, with a large cement lot at the southern end, normally surrounded by flower vendors. It serves as ground zero during the Les Falles when the fireworks of the Mascletà can be heard every afternoon. There is a large fountain at the northern end.The Plaça de la Mare de Déu contains the Basilica of the Virgin and the Turia fountain, and is a popular spot for locals and tourists. Around the corner is the Plaça de la Reina, with the Cathedral, orange trees, and many bars and restaurants.The Turia River was diverted in the 1960s, after severe flooding, and the old riverbed is now the Turia gardens, which contain a children's playground, a fountain, and sports fields.(File:Antiguo-cauce-del-río-Turia-3.jpg|thumb|left|Garden in Turia River) The Palau de la Música is adjacent to the Turia gardens and the City of Arts and Sciences lies at one end. The Valencia Bioparc is a zoo, also located in the Turia riverbed.Other gardens in Valencia include:
  • The Jardíns de Monfort ((:es:Jardines de Monforte)).
  • The Jardí Botànic (Botanical Gardens).
  • The Jardíns del Real or Jardíns de Vivers (Del Real Gardens), they are located in the Pla del Real district, on just the former site of the Del Real Palace.WEB,weblink Ayuntamiento de Valencia. JARDINES DEL REAL – JARDINES DE VIVEROS, 29 May 2015, Ayuntamiento de Valencia, 2010,,


File:Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències complex designed by the architects the Valencian Santiago Calatrava and Madrilenian Félix CandelaFélix CandelaFile:Valencia-L'Oceanogràfic2.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|L'OceanogràficL'Oceanogràfic


File:Sentiment Valencianista.jpg|thumb|upright=0.8|MestallaMestallaFile:Het stadion van Levante, vanaf de noordtribune.JPG|thumb|upright=0.8|Estadi Ciutat de ValènciaEstadi Ciutat de ValènciaFile:VBC-Kazan Eurocup finals 2014 - 40.jpeg|thumb|upright=0.8|Pavelló Municipal Font de Sant Lluís ]]{|class="wikitable sortable"! scope="col" |Club! scope="col" |League! scope="col" |Sport! scope="col" |Venue! scope="col" |Established! scope="col" |Capacity! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Valencia CF|La LigaAssociation football>Football! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Mestalla|1919! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |49,000! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Levante UD|La LigaAssociation football>Football! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Estadi Ciutat de València|1909! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |25,354! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Valencia CF Mestalla|Segunda División BAssociation football>Football! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Estadi Antonio Puchades|1944! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |4,000! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Valencia Basket ClubLiga ACB>ACB|Basketball! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Pavelló Municipal Font de Sant Lluís|1986! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |9,000! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Valencia GiantsLiga Nacional de Fútbol Americano>LNFA|American football! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Instalacions polideportives del Saler|2003! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Valencia FirebatsLiga Nacional de Fútbol Americano>LNFA|American football! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Estadi Municipal Jardí del Turia|1993! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Valencia FSTercera División de Futsal>Tercera División|Futsal! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |San Isidro|1983! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |500! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Les AbellesDivisión de Honor B de Rugby>División de Honor B|Rugby Union! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Poliesportiu Quatre carreres|1971! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |500! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |CAU Rugby ValenciaDivisión de Honor B de Rugby>División de Honor B|Rugby Union! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Camp del Riu Turia|1973! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |750! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Rugby Club ValenciaDivisión de Honor B de Rugby>División de Honor B|Rugby Union! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |Poliesportiu Quatre carreres|1966! scope="row" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;" |500


Valencia is also internationally famous for its football club, Valencia CF, one of the most successful clubs in Europe and La Liga, winning the Spanish league a total of six times including in 2002 and 2004 (the year it also won the UEFA Cup), and was a UEFA Champions League runner-up in 2000 and 2001. The club is currently owned by Peter Lim, a Singaporean businessman who bought the club in 2014. The team's stadium is the Mestalla. The club's city rival, Levante UD, also plays in La Liga and its stadium is Estadi Ciutat de València.

American Football

Valencia is the only city in Spain with two American football teams in LNFA Serie A, the national first division: Valencia Firebats and Valencia Giants. The Firebats have been national champions four times and have represented Valencia and Spain in the European playoffs since 2005. Both teams share the Jardín del Turia stadium.File:Valencia Street Circuit GT Open.jpg|thumb|Valencia Street CircuitValencia Street Circuit

Motor sports

Once a year between 2008–2012 the European Formula One Grand Prix took place in the Valencia Street Circuit. Valencia is among (with Barcelona, Porto and Monte Carlo) the only European cities ever to host Formula One World Championship Grands Prix on public roads in the middle of cities. The final race in 2012 European Grand Prix saw home driver Fernando Alonso win for Ferrari, in spite of starting halfway down the field. The Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix (Gran Premi de la Comunitat Valenciana de motociclisme) is part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo (also known as Circuit de Valencia) held in November. Periodically the Spanish round of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters touring car racing Championship (DTM) is held in Valencia.

Rugby League

Valencia is also the home of the Asociación Española de Rugby League, who are the governing body for Rugby league in Spain. The city plays host to a number of clubs playing the sport and to date has hosted all the country's home international matches.WEB, EQUIPOS ESPAÑOLES DE RUGBY LEAGUE,weblink Espana Rugby League, 6 October 2015, In 2015 Valencia hosted their first match in the Rugby league European Federation C competition, which was a qualifier for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. Spain won the fixture 40-30WEB, EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP C – GAME 1,weblink RLEF, 6 October 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 28 September 2015, dead,


(File:Puente del Mar - Templetes 03.JPG|thumb|Pont de la Mar is one of the five existing medieval and early-modern bridges of the city)(File:Torres quart.jpg|thumb|right|upright|Towers of Quart, Christian city gate built between 1441 and 1460.)
  • Ciutat Vella: La Seu, La Xerea, El Carmen, El Pilar, El Mercat, Sant Francesc.
  • Eixample: Russafa, El Pla del Remei, Gran Via.
  • Extramurs: El Botànic, La Roqueta, La Petxina, Arrancapins.
  • Campanar: Campanar, Les Tendetes, El Calvari, Sant Pau.
  • La Saïdia: Marxalenes, Morvedre, Trinitat, Tormos, Sant Antoni.
  • Pla del Real: Exposició, Mestalla, Jaume Roig, Ciutat Universitària
  • Olivereta: Nou Moles, Soternes, Tres Forques, La Fontsanta, La Llum.
  • Patraix: Patraix, Sant Isidre, Vara de Quart, Safranar, Favara.
  • Jesús: La Raiosa, L'Hort de Senabre, La Creu Coberta, Sant Marcel·lí, Camí Real.
  • Quatre Carreres: Montolivet, En Corts, Malilla, La Font de Sant Lluís, Na Rovella, La Punta, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències.
  • Poblats Marítims: El Grau, El Cabanyal, El Canyameral, La Malva-Rosa, Beteró, Natzaret.
  • Camins del Grau: Aiora, Albors, Creu del Grau, Camí Fondo, Penya-Roja.
  • Algirós: Illa Perduda, Ciutat Jardí, Amistat, Vega Baixa, La Carrasca.
  • Benimaclet: Benimaclet, Camí de Vera.
  • Rascanya: Els Orriols, Torrefiel, Sant Llorenç.
  • Benicalap: Benicalap, Ciutat Fallera.

Other towns within the municipality of Valencia

These towns administratively are within of districts of Valencia.

People born in Valencia and Valencia province

File:LuisVives.jpg|thumb|upright|Juan Luis VivesJuan Luis VivesFile:Joaquín Sorolla 004.jpg|thumb|upright|Joaquín SorollaJoaquín SorollaFile:Vicente Blasco Ibáñez.jpg|thumb|upright|Vicente Blasco IbáñezVicente Blasco Ibáñez

Twin towns and sister cities

{{See also|List of twin towns and sister cities in Spain}}Valencia is twinned with:WEB,weblink Ciudades Hermanadas con València, 8 August 2013, Ajuntament de València [City of Valencia], Valencia Twin/Sister Cities, Spanish,weblink" title="">weblink 29 October 2012, {{Colbegin}}
  • Mainz, {{flagicon|GER}} Germany, since 4 August 1978
  • Bologna, {{flagicon|ITA}} Italy, since 29 June 1979
  • Veracruz, {{flagicon|MEX}} Mexico, since 26 September 1984
  • Sacramento, {{flagicon|USA}} USA, since 29 June 1989
  • Valencia, {{flagicon|VEN}} Venezuela, since 20 March 1982
  • Odessa, {{flagicon|UKR}} Ukraine, since 13 May 1982

Friendship cities

  • {{flagicon|PRC}} Chengdu, China
  • {{flagicon|PRC}} Xi'an, China

See also



  • EB1911, James I. of Aragon,
  • BOOK, harv, Martínez Díez, Gonzalo, El Cid histórico: un estudio exhaustivo sobre el verdadero Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, Editorial Planeta, 1999, Barcelona,
  • {{Catholic|wstitle=Archdiocese of Valencia}}
  • {{SmithDGRG}}


This article incorporates information from the (:ca:València|equivalent article) on the (:ca:Portada|Catalan Wikipedia). This article incorporates information from the (:es:Valencia|equivalent article) on the (:es:Portada|Spanish Wikipedia).



Further reading

  • BOOK, Karl Baedeker, Leipsic, Spain and Portugal: handbook for travellers,weblink Valencia, 1908, 1581249, 3rd,
  • BOOK, Encyclopædia Britannica, New York, The Encyclopædia Britannica,weblink Valencia, 1910, 14782424, 11th,

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