Barrio del Carmen
Move from the modern world of the City of Arts and Sciences to the wonderful world of the Barrio del Carmen and you will have the sense of travelling back in time, and what a place to travel to. Barrio del Carmen is full of life both day and night. Wander around the narrow streets and soak up the history. It is an ancient neighborhood that grew between two walls, the Arab wall of Valencia built in the 11th Century by the Muslim King from the Amirid dynasty, Abd al-Aziz ibn Amir ruler of the Taifa of Valencia, and the new Christian wall that was built in the 14th Century. A Taifa was an independent Muslim-ruled principality and the Taifa of Valencia remained under Islamic rule until The Kingdom of Valencia was formally created in 1238 by the Crown of Aragon during the Reconquista. Famously from 1094 to 1099 the Taifa of Valencia was ruled by the legendary military leader El Cid who was brought up at the court of King Ferdinand the Great but switched sides after he was exiled for treason. The Muslim wall had seven gates and semicircular towers and some parts of the Arab wall of Valencia remain today.
Arab wall of Valencia
Buildings and places of interest in Barrio del Carmen are
In the evening the Barrio del Carmen transforms into a buzzing area for nightlife. The bars and restaurants in Barrio del Carmen are busy, making this area of the city a great place to spend your evenings.
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