The Demolished Valencia: What its streets hide

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: Catalan, Spanish
Guru: Gabriel
Quality Verified Registered on August 23, 2018

Hi everyone! My name is Jerónimo. I was born in Buenos Aires in 1990, but I have been in love with Valencia for many years. I moved to the city in 2008 where I studied Art History, and stayed here since then, except in short occasions where I lived in Berlin, Madrid and Barcelona. In this last place I attended a masters in International Cultural Cooperation

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Tour description

Since Roman generals founded the city of Valentia, its inhabitants have walked, lived, traded and enjoyed its beautiful corners.

The main axes of the ancient Roman roads largely coincide with those that we find even today. All the cultures that have populated our city have left their mark, from the Muslim Atzucacs and its narrow streets to the medieval urbanism that has shaped the city in which we live.

We will talk about urban changes, those that took place at the end of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century and those that luckily did not take place.
But we will not only talk about urban issues and reforms. since the names of the roads themselves have undergone profound modifications. From those that the town granted in medieval times, the attempts by the authorities to "clean" the street of names that were politically incorrect, to the uncertain origins or mysteries that are resolved when knowing the origin of the most curious names of the town.

We will talk about toponymy and history, heritage and memories and echoes of the past.
Also in the way of modifying the street map, according to who held the power or the form of government and the new form that was found to honor certain people or institutions by labeling streets and avenues. We will wander through little crowded squares through tourist circuits, beautiful corners, romantic places and streets through which we will never be able to pass again.

We will try to evoke those memories of life, of commerce, of uproar, of circulating trams, of running children, of an incessant traffic of people, despite the very probable noise of vehicles with which they receive us today.

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  • Meeting point:
    Carrer de lHospital 13 46001 Valncia ...
    Carrer de lHospital 13 46001 Valncia Valencia Spain
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    Under the arch of the old General Hospital, main door of the Public Library, in front of Calle del Torno del Hospital

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Santiago 13 Dec 2020

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Travelled in group - Dec 2020
Nos gustó. Fue deprimente pensar el poco interés que este tipo de actividades suscita. Nuestra ciudad es milenaria y es mucha la historia que está detrás de sus piedras, y sobre todo de los silencios provocados por su destrucción. Solo tres escuchando una historia que empezó muy ajustada al guión y que poco a poco se fue haciendo interesante hasta resultar un suspiro la hora y tres cuartos que duró
Yolanda 06 Dec 2020

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Travelled in group - Dec 2020
Es un tpour muy interesante que te permite conocer la historia de las calles de valencia de una forma muy amena. Muchas gracias Gabriel!
Òscar 18 Oct 2020

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Travelled in group - Oct 2020
Un tour muy ameno y divertido! Gabriel nos han contado un montón de curiosidades sobre nuestra ciudad que no conocíamos! MUY RECOMENDABLE!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.