The Awesome and Intimidating Silk Exchange

Valencia, Spain’s historic Silk Exchange is a 15th-century building of amazing opulence, “like a church devoted to the god of commerce.” The city had plenty of money at the time, and the mercantile building was designed to intimidate those who came to trade. In fact, the main business was conducted in a room 17 meters tall -that’s almost 56 feet!

Other features include stained glass, vaulted ceilings, tile mosaics, carved ceilings, and sinful gargoyles. La Lonja de la Seda is also Valencia’s only UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a tour with scads of pictures at For 91 Days.

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