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.”
Hall of Columns
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