Nou d’Octubre: A Celebration of Valencia

This week we celebrate Nou d’octubre, the day King Jaume I liberated Valencia from Moorish rule in 1238.

Celebrations around the city include parades through the historic city centre (where we live), live music, food, fireworks (always fireworks in Valencia!) and at least 9 gorgeous historical buildings now used as government buildings are temporarily open to the public.

Many of these buildings may have been saved from severe river flooding that piqued in 1957 to devastating results. Before the Turia river, which ran along the walls of the historical old city, was finally diverted in 1957, it flooded the city on a regular basis.  They since have been amazingly and lovingly restored to retain their historic charm.

The Palau de la Generalitat is one of the most stunning buildings in the Ciutat Vella (the old city) of Valencia! It is a restored Gothic palace with clear Moorish embellishments that also dates to the 15th century. Check out the beautiful floor and ceiling! 

  • Palau de la Generalitat, Calle dels Cavallers, 2, Valencia, España
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Governor’s office

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The Palacio del Marqués de Malferit was originally a residential palace and dates to the 15th century. Its Gothic structure has been modified multiple times over the centuries to accommodate its uses. This fabulous large interior courtyard was de rigueur in the day. Today, it directs sunlight three stories down.

  • Palacio del Marqués de Malferit, Calle dels Cavallers, 22, Valencia, España

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We are looking forward to exploring at least seven additional beautifully restored Valencian municipal buildings in the old city over the coming days of the Nou d’octubre Holiday!

Stay tuned for more!

–lane

 

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