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Museo Artista Fallero

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Not to be confused with the Fallas Museum near the Ciudad de Arte y Ciencas, the Museo Artista Fallero is dedicated to the craft of the artists who create ninots. Situated in the Ciudad Fallero — the neighborhood of workshops where the most important and largest figures are built — the museum gives the visitor an overview of their design and construction.

From the sketch, to the model, to the full life figure, you see every step of the process. There are photographs of all the winning figures, and probably about 100 ninots ranging, as usual, from mawkishly sentimental to incredibly raunchy. There’s no information about the event of Fallas or its history, which is something to be aware of before going.

The best reason to visit the Ciudad Fallero is to wander around the huge workshops where the artisans are engaged in their labor. If you’re lucky, you’ll be invited in to get a sneak peek at the figures before the plantà. They’re usually working Mon-Fri, regular business hours.

The museum is open from 10-14 and 16-19 weekdays, and just 10-14 on Saturdays. It costs €3 and will take about 30 minutes to see in full.

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January 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm Comments (0)

Ruzafa – Information and History

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Ruzafa (Russafa in Valencian) is a neighborhood on the south-east side of Valencia. It begins at the Plaza de los Toros and extends southward until reaching the Avenida de Peris y Valero.

Portal de Russafa Portal de Russafa – Image: Solo Cultura Valencia

The neighborhood has Arabic origins, when it was developed as the gardens for Abd-Allah al Balans; in fact the name Ruzafa comes from the Arabic word for “garden”. And it was from this neighborhood that King James of Aragon prepared his assault on the city in 1238, winning it permanently for Christianity.

Existing outside the fortified walls of Valencia has given Ruzafa a unique flavor; in fact, it was its own municipality until 1877 and well-known as a hub for the importation of tree trunks (you can see the name “Tronco” still proudly displayed through the neighborhood). Nowadays though, Ruzafa is fully part of Valencia and has even become the heart of Fallas, with huge monuments on almost every street corner and the famous street lights of Calle Sueca.

Ruzafa’s nucleus is its market. The streets around this bustling shopping center are confusingly laid out, much like in Carmen, but as you get further away from the market they become more rectangular … and upscale. Some of the buildings along the Avenida del Reino, Rusafa’s northeast border, are stunning.

One of the best things about present-day Ruzafa is the cultural mix of people who call it home. Spaniards mix with South Americans, Africans, Asians and citizens from all over the world, resulting in a lot of interesting restaurants and shops. The night life in Ruzafa is second-to-none in Valencia, especially during the summer. The whole neighborhood seems to live on the streets. It’s not uncommon to walk straight into a street festival (as happened to us a couple months ago).

No visit to Valencia is complete without exploring Ruzafa. Coming soon, we’ll publish a walking tour which will help you hit all of Ruzafa’s highlights!

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