Plaza de la Reina (Queen Square)Valencia , Spain
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Queen Square (Plaza de la Reina)
The webcam on Queen’s Square shows one of the central squares of Valencia, located in the very center of the Old Town.
Plaza de la Reina in a live broadcast was founded on January 23, 1878, on the wedding day of the Spanish King Alfonso XII and Maria de las Mercedes of Orleans. But the couple’s joint family life was short-lived: the young queen died of tuberculosis on June 26, 1878. The king, who adored his wife, took her death very hard and moved away from the court, secluded himself in the Royal Palace of Riofrio.
Later, songs and romances were composed about the love of the young royal couple, a film was made, and the historical novel “Alfonso’s Dear Wife” was written. In addition, a square in Valencia was named in honor of Mercedes d’Orleans – Queen Square, shown in the online camera.
In order to build the Plaza de la Reina in the web camera, the Santa Tecla Monastery and the old houses that were located in front of the Valencia Cathedral had to be demolished. The north facade of this majestic cathedral with the Puerta de los Hierros (Iron Gate) portal, built in 1713-1728 in the Italian Baroque style according to the project of the architect Conrad Rudolph, goes to the Queen Square in the online broadcast. The facade itself is decorated with columns with pilasters, decorative stucco, reliefs and statues of saints. Above the entrance is a large oval stained-glass window depicting the Assumption of the Virgin.
Near the northern facade of the Valencian Cathedral stands the 51-meter octagonal bell tower El Miguelete, built in the Valencian Gothic style in 1381-1425. From its observation deck you can enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful Valencia and the surrounding area.
On the other side of the Queen Square, in a live broadcast, rises the bell tower of the Church of Santa Catalina, architect Juan Bautista Viñes, built in the Baroque style in 1688-1705. On the Plaza de la Reina in the live camera, there are many bars and restaurants with Valencian and Mediterranean cuisine.
Several streets are adjoined to the Queen Square in the online camera: La Paz Street with a large number of jewelry stores and boutiques, Mar Street with art galleries and antique shops, San Vicente Street with souvenir shops and Santa Catalina Street with cozy cafes and restaurants offering Horchata – the famous Valencian refreshment a drink made from almonds, sesame, rice, barley and chufa nuts. In addition to all of the above, the Queen Square in a live broadcast is known for the fact that it is from it that the numbering of streets is carried out throughout Valencia.
Valencia, the square of which you see online, is the center of the Autonomy of Valencia in Spain. By the number of inhabitants, the city ranks third after Madrid and Barcelona. Currently, 800 thousand people live in Valencia. It is located near the Mediterranean Sea of the Iberian Peninsula, in the very center of the Gulf of Valencia.
The most interesting sights of Valencia:
City of Science and Art, Serranos Gate, Quart Gate, City Hall Square, Queen Square in webcam, Valencia Cathedral, Temple Our Lady of the Forsaken, Church of Saint Catalina, Church of Saint John, Palace of the Marquis of Dos Aguas, Palace of the Generalidad, Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia, Lonja de la Seda (silk exchange), Plaza de Toros (bullring), Columbus Market, Turia River Gardens, Albufera Natural Park.