Photographer's Note

The Plaza de la Virgen stretches out in front of the Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados and the "Apostles' Door" of the Cathedral. It's filled with people shopping, out for a stroll, or on their way to or from work, as well as pigeons fluttering about and unaware of their condition as eternal witnesses to the passage of time.

This is a simple plaza without too much decoration. There is a fountain (though not even located in the center!). The fountain is like a bronze "Falla" that honors the creativity of the Valencian character. It represents the Turia river in human form surrounded by its tributaries. This allegory made into a fountain is a monument to water and has been the subject of thousands of pictures.

From the Plaza de la Virgen you can easily reach Caballeros street which runs through the old aristocratic neighborhood, site of palaces and ancestral homes that house mostly government offices today.
Por su singular construccin (fue empezada en el siglo XIII, terminada en el XV en estilo gtico primitivo, y despus remodelada ampliamente en el XVIII), la Catedral de Valencia consta de tres portadas: una romnica si la contemplamos desde la calle Palau, otra gtica mirando a la plaza de la Virgen y otra barroca que da a la plaza Zaragoza. Lo ms interesante es su torre campanario, que es todo un smbolo para mi ciudad de Valencia, y que todos conocemos como el Miguelete (tambin Micalet).

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Additional Photos by Jose Manuel (anakin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 63 N: 528] (2775)
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