28 September 2015

Valencia Erasmus Diary - Visiting Museo de las Bellas Artes and Lonja de la Seda

I'm writing from the hall of the Museo de las Bellas Artes (=Museum of Fine Arts) as it's pouring outside - which means that people will wait for the rain to stop, because we're in Spain. And to be honest, I'm happily adopting such an attitude as my English rain acceptance-training still hasn't completely soaked in.
Instead of wasting my Sunday inside I decided to get out and go look for some art inspiration. I didn't really have a plan so I just got in the first museum I came across. This gallery is considered one of the most important in the country and it's a big landmark in Valencia.
As I entered the hall I looked up and saw this...

I was so amazed at this! The picture might not look as good, but standing under this blue ceiling felt pretty exciting (and dreamy because of its colour). It looks like a beautiful night sky and it reminded me of Giotto's Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padua.

The museum has beautiful colourful rooms (I know I shouldn't focus on this, but I don't think it's all about the artwork!). The gallery of paintings is very wide going from 1300s to 1900s. The painters that are given most relevance are Goya and Sorolla to whom two areas are dedicated.

The first area, containing Gothic painting, is truly amazing. The names of the artists didn't sound familiar to me being these local artists from Valencia and the surroundings. The Golden Age area is also very significant with a few important names such as Diego Velázquez, El Greco and Goya.

I was surprised at seeing that there weren't many explanations inside the gallery; I guess that the category of fine arts museums offer general artistic expositions and they don't have a specific topic or argument - that would be an exhibition. 

After having had a quick lunch in city centre I accidentally passed in front of the Lonja de las Sedas (Silk Exchange) which also happened to be on my list, and had a quick look inside as they were closing.

The Lonja is a Gothic civil building where merchants used to trade silk. I immediately fell in love with the patio which has a Moorish design, with a central fountain and some orange trees - something resembling the Alhambra in Granada. The room in the pictures is the one where merchants would meet, deal and sign.   

I think that the visit to the Museo isn't an absolute must if you come to Valencia for a short time, unless you're really into art. However, if you do have time and want to spend time in a beautiful environment it surely is worth seeing. I can't say much about the Lonja as I stayed there for literally five minutes.  

More details about the museum and the Silk Exchange:
Museo de las Bellas Artes : entrance is free / timetables here official website here
Lonja de la Seda: official website here


  1. Absolutely gorgeous photos! Hope you're doing well :)

    ~Lor @

    1. Thanks Lor :) I'm fine but I'm so busy I've been isolating myself from the blogosphere :/ hope I can catch up soon! <3

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