Souvenirs from Torres de Serranos, Valencia, Spain
During the middle ages, the city of Valencia in Spain was surrounded by a wall and there were 12 entry towers that were the only entry points into the city. Torres de Serranos is one of the 12 entry towers built in the 14th century by Pere Balaguer, a talented Gothic architect. One of the remaining 2 towers of the original 12, the elegant and towering Torres de Serranos has now become a landmark in Valencia. Though the towers were planned to serve as defensive posts, throughout history they held different posts. Firstly, as a mere entry, or trade opening, then as prison for the nobility and finally as the storage centre of famous paintings during the Spanish Civil War. In fact, since it acted as a prison it was spared the axe so to say when the city wall was destroyed. This metal fridge magnet is a souvenir that is packed with the rich history of a place that has played an important role in European history.
Some Interesting Facts About Torres de Serranos
1936 was the year that saw the deadly Spanish Civil War and it was in the Torres de Serranos where a total of 525 invaluable paintings from the famous Museo del Prado were hidden. It acted as the perfect place since the towers would not be bombed during the war and the climate was perfect for the preservation of the paintings. For art buffs, here is an interesting fact - some paintings of legendary artist Francisco Jose De Goya were also protected there.