The patterns of Valencia…

train station ceiling-sq

North Railway Station ceiling

One of the most satisfying ways to explore a new place is by noticing and appreciating the patterns in the built environment around you.

I don’t discriminate in my affection for patterns — I enjoy patterns from all decades and eras. Bold or subtle, symmetrical or not, I seek out patterns for how they make me feel and what they teach me about a place.

One thing that always attracts me whoever I go is ceramics. And Valencia is just full of gorgeous examples.ย The history of ceramics in Spain is a long and fascinating one and includes Moorish and Chinese influences. I particularly loved the tiled ceiling of the North Railway Station, which was decorated in an Art Nouveau style.

This is just a small taste of the luscious patterns of Valencia.


Detail of tiled wall in Malvarrosa

market dome cropped even closer

One of the domes of the Central Market

spiral starircase

The spiral staircase of Santa Catalina

lights valencia

The lights in Ruzafa during Las Fallas


Outside the Science Museum in the City of Arts a Sciences by Santiago Calatrava

blue green grid

Detail from inside the Museum of Sciences — my two favourite colours together

subway shapes

A colourful modern subway stop

12 thoughts on “The patterns of Valencia…

  1. I’m so glad I waited to read this and enjoy in when I really had the time. I am familiar with your love of patterns so I wanted to soak all this in, especially the vivid colors. That’s what really caught my eye. You have a great eye for finding great patterns and it seems Valencia was perfect for you. Great post of this mqgical place. I’m so glad you got to go. Xo

  2. Sherry, Valencia is a place I’ll never visit in this lifetime, and I’ve been enjoying so much seeing it through your eyes and photos. Your sense of composition is wonderful. That spiral staircase is stunning. The exterior of the science museum takes my breath away every time I look at it. I keep imagining it as the cover for a science fiction novel. I also love the interior shot from the science museum, and the way the reflection turns your two favorite colors into a grid of four. It could hang on the wall in a museum of contemporary art, holding its own with the paintings there.

  3. You have really made me want to visit Valencia a city which was hardly on my radar before I saw your photos

  4. These photos and those colors are brightening my snowing winter views. Love them all but today I feel drawn to the last two in the group. Maybe I am feeling more “modern” today ๐Ÿ™‚

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