If you have only been to Valencia once in your life, it is quite probable that you have missed visiting one of the most beautiful, historical and special places of all that can be found in the capital: the Almudín.
Considered one of the lesser-known Valencian gems, this September we wanted to pay homage to this Valencian place of extreme beauty that you shouldn’t miss visiting on your next trip to this beautiful area of Valencia.
Located halfway between Petit Palace Plaza de la Reina and Petit Palace Ruzafa and with the purpose that, in the past, was limited to the storage of wheat for sale later, the Almudín is one of the most precious gems of the Gothic style with the ‘made in Valencia’ stamp. A place built in the fourteenth century on the old base of a fortress of Muslim origin.
History and beauty in one place
Its light airy space – which is created by a large number of half-pointed arches and a beautiful gabled roof (something very typical of medieval construction) – and its innate peace give the place a special atmosphere; something that makes us feel part of another time, from another era. For all this it is not surprising that it was restored with care and affection in the middle of the 20th century to later be declared one of the most important national monuments of the entire Mediterranean basin.
Beyond being used for the storage and sale of wheat and being the seat of the city’s Paleontological Museum (something that took place at the beginning of the 20th century), the Almudín is one of the buildings of “special interest” that the Parliament of Valencia manages for other purposes. These would be: to be a place for hosting exhibitions and shows and to be a place thought out to delight lovers of the history of our country and the city.
Such is its beauty that artists such as Eduardo Chillida, Salvador Dalí or the always controversial Yoko Ono didn’t want to miss the opportunity of showing their art works on its exclusive walls.