This exceptional location, a UNESCO world heritage site, was built to facilitate trade in a period of economic expansion for Valencia. It is in the plaza del mercardo (market square), opposite the Church of the Two Johns, another work of art of the era.
The Silk Exchange was built between 1482 and 1533, and was used for the silk business, which contributed greatly to the expansion of the city. The room you enter first is the beautiful front office, where they set prices and is of a late Gothic style. It is a beautiful example of the power of the city at this time.
Later pass through the Patio de los Naranjos (Orange tree court) and another smaller room, which seemed to be some sort of restricted boardroom. The design of the exchange is inspired by that of Palma de Mallorca, built by Guillem Sagrera some thirty years earlier. The twisted columns and marble floors have been preserved very well.