PRESENTATION: Medieval Valencian Gothic Architecture * Sacred and Civil

Valencian Gothic architecture is an artistic style with its own characteristics. It can only be called Gothic by convention and chronology because it didn't develop with the same constructive techniques nor participate in the same aesthetic assumptions.

It was developed during the 14th century and reached its maturity and maximum expression in the 15th century. It occurred in the Kingdom of Valencia, held by the crown of Aragon, born out of conquered Muslim territory.

After the conquest, the Valenician kingdom was left out of political problems of the Crown and hence flourished in agriculture, craftsmanship and trade commercialism aided by its easy access to the Mediterranean and an expert submissive Moorish workforce.

Throughout the fifteenth century, urban and rural growth was supported by influential people determined to promote their wealth with sacred and civil grandeur. King Alfonso V and the family of Rodrigo de Borja, then Pope Alejandro VI, were eager to advance the Valencian Gothic style.

Valencian Gothic architecture developed and grew based on existing Mediterranean constructive systems and architectural arrangements already used by the Romans and Arabs rather than adopt the novel architectural styles from northern France.

The goal of this Spain Lifestyle presentation is to explore this evolution and marvel at the architectural structures that still survive today.