If you are planning to go to the city Valencia in Spain the Torres de Serranos are worth visiting. On this page of Once Upon a Bike you will find more information.
The Torres de Serranos were built by Pere Balaguer in the 14th century. In that time the city Valencia was surrounded by a city wall. The only way to enter the city was to walk through an entry tower. The Torres de Serranos were one of the twelve official entries to get access to the city Valencia.
Between 1586 and 1887 the Torres de Serranos were used as a prison to lock up the aristocrats. This is also the reason why the towers were not destroyed when they took away the city wall.
During the Spanish civil war in 1936 the Torres de Serranos were used as storage for 525 paintings from the Museo del Prado. This museum is situated in Madrid and it is one of the most famous art museums worldwide. A lot of famous paintings were stored in the towers during that time, for example some paintings from the famous painter Francisco José De Goya. Considering the fact that the towers would not be destroyed by bombings and the climate and the air quality were ideal for paintings it was the perfect place to store the expensive pieces of art.
Nowadays you can walk in and out of these beautiful gothic towers. For €2,00 you can climb them. And from the top you will have a spectacular view over the city.
Plaza de los Fueros
Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00 – 18.00
On Sundays and holidays: 10.00 – 15.00
Students and 65+ €1,00
Free entry on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.