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30 reviews of Torres de Serranos

A part of the Christian walls

Declared as a Historical Artistic Monument in 1931, these towers are part of the medieval Christian walls, as were the Torres de Quart, and their gates were symbols of power and importance. Pere Balaguer began construction on them in April of 1392, inspired in the other gothic gates found in Cataluña, and they soon defended one of the most used entryways to ancient Valencia. From 1586 to 1887 they were used as a jail for nobles.

The towers can be visited Tuesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM and from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Sundays and Holidays from 10 AM to 3 PM. The remain closed on Mondays.

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They defended the city

The Serranos gates, or in Valencian Les Torres del Serrans, is an ancient entry to the medieval city of Valencia, that used to be surrounded by walls. Its name comes from the fact that it went to Los Erranos, the royal path towards Zaragoza.

What you now see from the Turia river are closed, austere towers that defended the city against invaders. The lookouts would see the possible threats from afar.

The judges of Valencia petitioned for their construction, which began in 1392. Only two towers remain, these ones and the Quart towers, which are more recent.

Construction on the towers took five years.

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Beautiful views

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These gothic towers, of the fourteenth century, are part of an antique mediaeval fortress, which now serves as a viewpoint; they are considerably higher than the surrounding buildings and allow us to see much of Valencia.

Admission is free, which along with the beautiful view, makes it one of those places you have to stop at to learn a little more about the city. We can also see the old Turia Riverbed and several towers, like the cathedral or the Miguelete. To reach the very top you have to climb many stairs with no other options available, there are also areas where the ceiling is a little

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A symbol of Valencia

It’s one of the twelve gates that guarded Valencia’s old wall, of which, only two remain. Construction on the towers began in 1392. They were a prison in ancient times. During the Spanish Civil War, they guarded important painting belonging to Madrid’s Prado museum. Currently, you can see them and even climb up to the top to enjoy some magnificent views of Valencia.

From these towers, the “Fallera Mayor” (woman elected lead the Las Fallas celebration) calls all the Valencians to gather round and begin the festival. Las Fallas take place at the end of February, in the old quarters.

It's believed the name comes from the face the gates were once the end of the road the "Serranos" (people from Aragon) arrived on.

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