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La Lonja de la Seda. The Silk Exchange. Valencia. Spain.

The Lonja is one of the most famous civil gothic monuments in Europe. It was declared a National Historic and Artistic Monument in July1931 and was made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1996. Valencia was an important city for the silk trade in Europe in the Middle Ages. The buildings that form the Exchange complex, built between 1482 and 1548, was where silk merchants negotiated their business. Until 5 years ago a philately and numismatic fair took place in the hall every Sunday.