lunes, 28 de enero de 2013

Velluters Distict of Valencia: old and new Glimpses

The district Velluters is are my favorite one around Valenciawith the Market and Carmen, since I was born there and moved along those narrow streets during my childhood.

It is also the
damagest due to successive enlargements of the city and further degradation of the streets because of some remain of the ancient "brothel".
Velluters is a neighborhood that is named the "Mercers"
and Silk trade workers since they had many factories from the sixteenth to the eigthenth centuries, with a good presence of Genoese craftsmen. Proof of that, the image of the Virgin of the Helpless that this group built in an altar to the Church of St. Augustine. This church has conserved proudly the oldest image of devotion of Valencia, Our Lady of Grace. Other religious monuments are the church of St. Charles Borromeo, due too to this very brotherhood of the Genoese, next to the old general hospital and the academy of surgery, the Pilar Church, run by the Dominican fathers.



Among the civil architecture of the district stood once the old Provincial Hospital of Valencia, together with the Faculty of Medicine, demolished in the pasts 60s of the last century. Today has it been restored into a space for the Muvim museum of the Illustration with interesting temporary exhibitions of art and ethnography. And the hospital cruise became a Municipal Library, the Library of the Hospital with an interesting interior. 
New Gardens on Ancient Medicine Facultty

The new gardens of orange and palm tress have been recently opened and is a gathering of young bohemian of this district, the “Gothic area”, and socializing of people accompanying a huge variety of dogs.

The palace of the silk Arts&Crafts is the next
interesting building, unfortunately, as our newspapers write without a definite project for restoration. And thing most remarkable when you can not understand without this institution the main monument of our Middle Age heritage such as The Silk Exchange Market or the Lonja. The third important building of this area is the Palace Tamarit, from an interesting family of farmers from Ruzafa, which derived their agricultural efforts in investment into the lucrative silk looms.

Entrance Silk ARst&Crafts Palace

In this environment also stands The School of Arts and Crafts and several traditional Valencianl dressing companies, as Albaes, who pioneered the design both artisanal and industrial of silk clothing of Valencia, whose main exponent focuses on Spring feasts of St. Joseph, known worldwide as Las Fallas.
Are you encouraged for this route?

Know more about:
Juan-Luis Corbin Ferrer, Barrio del Pilar, antiguo de Velluters, Valencia 1991
Joan Boronat-Josep vicent Boira-Ricardo Franch, El Palau Tamarit,  Valencia 2011.
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