Very close to the Plaza de la Reina, where the Cathedral of Valencia is located, we find the beautiful Church of Santa Catalina, one of the Gothic churches in Valencia and which stands out for its high baroque tower, one of the most emblematic in the city.
The Church of Santa Catalina was built on an old mosque in the Middle Ages, although it had to be rebuilt in the 16th century after being destroyed by fire.
What to see in the Church of Santa Catalina
The Church of Santa Catalina is located in the street network of the Barrio del Mercat de Valencia, so only one of its facades is visible since the others are integrated into the adjoining buildings.
This facade, located in the Plaza de Lope de Vega, shows the passage of time with elements of different architectural styles but with the Gothic as predominant.
Crossing its 18th century doorway we access its interior and find different and beautiful chapels, among which the Capilla Mayor stands out, which has an ambulatory that runs along the outside, like the Cathedral of Valencia.
The Tower of the Church of Santa Catalina
But the most interesting element of this church and for which it is known, is the bell tower, which was initially located in the square where the main facade is but today we can admire it at the back in the area closest to the Plaza de the Queen.
The Torre Campanario was built between 1688 and 1805 and is a great masterpiece of Valencian baroque.
It has a hexagonal floor plan and is made up of four floors separated by moldings crowned by the body of the bells and an upper cross.
The height reached by the bell tower is 56 meters and its 6 bells were cast in London in 1729.