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Valencia Silk Exchange

By pamelajean
In Valencia, Spain again, but this time in the historic section.
This Gothic style civil building is known as the Hall of Columns and is in the old Silk Exchange. It was the trading hall or main contract hall, built between 1483-1498 when Valencia’s commercial prosperrity reached its peak and the textile and silk industries were very important.

Built by Pere Comptre, a key figure in the Gothic architecture of the 15th century, whose most important work was the Silk Exchange.

This is written in a blue band that runs along all four walls of the trading hall, proclaiming in golden letters, “I am an illustious house built in fifteen years. Try and see, fellow citizens, how negotiation is such a good thing when there is no lie in the speech, when it swears to the neighbour and does not deceive him, when it does not lend money with an interest charge for its use. The merchant who acts this way will prosper galore and at the end he will enjoy the eternal life.”
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Tags: Spain Architecture Valencia Hall of Columns Trading hall Contract hall

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zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
27 Jul 2013 4:28PM
full detail texture captured in the stone work, nice POV.

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
27 Jul 2013 4:31PM
A wonderful roof and columns: I was amazed at the fore to far detail captured at f/3.4 but then I noticed the ultra wide angle lens, so that must explain it.
Any one this quadruplet could happily sit at V 1 and I have to say I'd have been happy had I taken any one of them.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 4:31PM
Four superb images which take one to a place I have never seen before, that is one of the reasons I enjoy ePz so much.

An informative foreword, very well written and above all interesting.

Thank you

Nathan Grin
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
27 Jul 2013 4:33PM
Thanx for sharing this amazing architectural treasure and the words of wisdom with us Pamela !! Really superb images. I like the fuller picture in V4 best Smile It must be an awesome experience to be inside !
Herge88 11 40 4 England
27 Jul 2013 4:36PM
The abstract nature of versions one and two work well for me.

Best Matt
27 Jul 2013 4:39PM
Like these Pamela, all super composition with great detail,
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 4:45PM
A wonderful and interesting set Pamela.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 4:56PM
What a gorgeous ceiling - as Ronnie says, any one of this set of four could stand alone. I love these soft colours. Amazing to think this was constructed all that time ago.
Diggeo 5 13 Greece
27 Jul 2013 5:04PM
Amazing photos!
psu68 5 1 2 United States
27 Jul 2013 5:16PM
Amazing architecture - and as usual, images with great color, tones, texture and composition - always nice to look at.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
27 Jul 2013 5:16PM
Wonderful architecture, Pamela, four images captured so well. Carol
27 Jul 2013 5:24PM
Fabulous looking interior, Pamela.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
27 Jul 2013 5:48PM
Hard cold stone, yet soft and warm. Excellent textures and very well exposed, Pamela.

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
27 Jul 2013 8:07PM
A Great textured images with verry interesting detail Smile
Superb set of interesting architecture.. Great detailing & angles..
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 9:22PM
What a wonderful place with that super ceiling and marvellous columns, so well captured.
So glad to make it 30.
27 Jul 2013 10:13PM
A very interesting building beautifully captured Pamela. Great set. Don
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
27 Jul 2013 10:26PM
v1 &v4 for me Pamela.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
28 Jul 2013 12:00AM
What a wonderful set of architectural images Pamela and a fascinating write up to accompany them. I can only echo Nathan's sentiments, you are giving me a virtual guided tour of a place that I am unlikely to visit
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
28 Jul 2013 12:34AM
Quite a fancy building--- Splendid photography!
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2013 7:24AM
V4 for me, I love the bigger picture.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
28 Jul 2013 7:33AM
Interesting architecture

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
28 Jul 2013 11:01AM
Those are words everyone on eBay should live by Grin

Amazing shot of an amazing place, Pamela. I just love that ceiling and those pillars!! So much pride and artistic detail went into architecture in those days.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
28 Jul 2013 11:42AM
A great set of images of this beautiful architecture, Pamela Smile I think the spiralling design on the columns is quite unusual, never seen any like this before Wink
Trev Smile
saltireblue Plus
8 8.0k 33 Norway
28 Jul 2013 2:49PM
Extraordinary architecture, so well recorded, Pamela.
Those twisted columns remind me of sticks of candy we had as children - I think some were formed like walking sticks?

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2013 3:12PM
So glad you seem to like the place as much as I did. I said, "Wow!" when I walked in.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
28 Jul 2013 4:05PM
An interesting and well taken series Pamela.
Looks like things have changed a lot if those words on the blue band are to be believed! Wink
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
28 Jul 2013 5:17PM
This is lovely taken from a great angle. Ann.
28 Jul 2013 6:03PM
Great set of images showing the wonderful spiral columns & beautiful ceiling.
Very good narrative also
Regards Brian
28 Jul 2013 6:40PM
Four superb images beautifully captured
6 3 8 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2013 10:26PM
Great detail throughout, I can't pick a fav though! Superb!Grin
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
29 Jul 2013 3:26PM
An impressive looking structure Pamela.
Love the ceiling in V4.
I am glad I do not have to change a light bulb,
or paint the ceiling however !!
xwang 9 56 8
2 Aug 2013 9:18AM
Nicely recorded set, wonderful colour and clarity, for me, I like V1's composition.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 12:45PM
Beautifully captured - a place to just stand and wonder!
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2013 8:42AM
Interesting write up. Love the textures colours and shapes in this set . Paul
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
15 Sep 2013 10:29PM
No,3 is amazing,what an amazing mind to percieve such a piece of art.Wow thanks for sharing this Pamela.


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