Few remains remain of the old wall of Valencia, built in the 14th century and which served to defend the city until it was demolished in the 19th century.
But of the remains that have reached our days, two of the gates that the wall had to access the city and that have become a symbol of Valencia stand out.
The Torres de Serranos, also called Puerta de Serranos, are undoubtedly the best known but they have nothing to envy to the Torres de Quart. These are the only two doors that remain standing and that you must visit.
The Serrano Towers
The Torres de Serranos are located in Plaça dels Furs and were built between 1392 and 1398 to contribute to the defense of the city in the multiple wars and conflicts that it has suffered throughout history.
It was also the door through which the ancient Kings entered the walled enclosure and that is why it was considered the main entrance.
Almost all the visitors to the city entered through it, coming mainly from the Los Serranos region. Hence her name. Throughout its history it has also been used as a prison.
Today, it is possible to visit the towers by climbing to the top and enjoy beautiful views of the city, also having a prominent role during the Fallas de Valencia. As a curiosity, it should be noted that during the Civil War it served as a refuge for the works of art that were evacuated from the Prado Museum.
The Quart Towers
These two twin towers are located at the opposite end to the Serrano Towers of what was the old medieval wall on the road that led to the town of Quart de Poblet, and from which it takes its name.
Like the previous ones, these can also be accessed inside and climb to the back to admire the city of Valencia from another perspective. They were built in the 15th century in late Gothic style and are somewhat different from those of Serrano, although they maintain many similarities.
Both have withstood numerous wars throughout the history of Valencia, which is why we can see different impacts on the facades.
As a curiosity, it should be noted that in the holes left in the façade by the cannon shots received throughout history, different types of birds have nested, totally contrasting with what the tower suffered, as if the wars had given way to later life..
You can find more information on the official Valencia tourism page.