Las Atarazanas (location) of El Grao, close to the harbor, provide a fascinating look back on medieval Valencia. They served as shipyards, for the storage and and construction of boats, and date from the late 14th century, a time in which El Grao was its own fortified city, existing separately from Valencia. The building’s structure is typical of medieval Valencian architecture, consisting of a wooden roof atop 5 large arches. Inside, another series of perpendicularly-set arches allow movement throughout the building.
Las Atarazanas are a beautifully-perserved symbol of 14th century Valencia’s maritime prominence, and were built by the ruling Moors. Today, they have been restored and serve as an cultural center.
The current exhibition in Las Atarazanas is about classic sports cars. About 40 automobiles in perfect condition from the 1930s to the 60s are on display, with models from major companies like Ferrari to elite brands such as Bugatti. The show is a must for any racing fan — assuming that there are any left over in the city from the past weekend’s F1 race — and will run until September 14th. Check out some pictures: