The relative ages of things here fascinates me. A building that was created a thousand years before our country was founded sits next to a building constructed in the last 20 years. A characteristic of most of Europe, the heterogeneity of constructions, time periods, styles, and societal motivations collide in cities and countryside alike. When possible, I took pictures of the statuary if I spotted an intriguing sculpture. Many are of notable Valencianos over the years.
The same goes for graffiti. I have posted about graffiti in the past, but there is a true sense of artistry in much graffiti around the city. Keep scrolling down to see it.
On a bridge of the Turia Riverbed:
Valencia used to be an autonomous kingdom, founded by Al Rey Jaime El Conquistador… That’s King James the Conqueror to us. The detail on this statue is incredible, down to the chain link mail King Jaime is wearing. Pigeon accessories are optional for daytime events.
The renowned pediatrician, Dr. Ramon Gomez Ferrer, was captured in this sculpture. This statue was donated by the “Mothers of Valencia” in 1920.
If you think this statue is missing a head, you are right. This is a statue of the Spanish Cape, donated by the Caballeros of the Spanish Cape of Valencia. Ummm. I think I need to research this one!
Perhaps this statue of Cervantes is holding the head from the statue.
Saint Vicente Ferrer, a follower of Saint Vicente Martir.
In the Plaza de la Virgen, there is a small grove of orange trees guarded by St. George, and the compulsory dragon.
And, finally, a tiny sampling of the art of Graffiti: