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One of the first questions to ask myself when I go somewhere new is, “What’s nearby?” Well, in my current location, it turns out that there is a lot to do nearby. For example, I am extremely close to one of the ancient city gates, the Torres de Quart. Monstrous and imposing from the front, and hollow from the back, the Torres de Quart (or Torres de Cuart) is a nifty structure. People use it as a meeting location all the time, and most foot traffic goes right through it. The floor is polished smooth with the millions of folks adding their mark to history. I also got to go into it, as it was open while I was walking by one morning. (More info in Spanish and English on the towers.)

Built between 1441 and 1460, the Torres de Quart is one of a pair, the other being Torres de Serranos. Both of the structures are battle-scarred and represent the original gates of the city. In fact, Napoleon marched through them during his conquest of Valencia, and restoration has removed much of the cannon-damage that resulted. Now acting as bookends to the Carmen district, the set of towers is certainly imposing. The stairs leading up to the main tower floor are not for wussies, either.

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Okay, ha ha. Who took my key? Come on, people, I don’t have all day…

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Yes, in fact, there was an upper level. Having a huge respect for gravity, I chose not to tempt fate. Or my fear of heights.

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