In 2016 València was declared a Silk City due to its importance in the historic Silk Road from China. An excellent opportunity for València to recover its prominence among the mythical cities of the Silk Road and internationally project its precious historical-artistic heritage.

In València, we find many vestiges of the importance of silk throughout history, especially relevant between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. It is worth highlighting the building Lonja de Los Mercaderes, known as Lonja de la Seda, which is a masterpiece of Valencian civil gothic.

The old quarter of Velluters, the place where the master seders settled, still retains the flavour of yesteryear with small buildings that housed both the home and the workshop of artisans, as well as some mansions, such as the Palace of Tamarit. It is in this Valencian neighbourhood where the College of the Greater Art of the Silk is located, established in 1686 -the current seat of the Silk Museum-. Ultimately, the Kilometre 0 of the Silk Road of València is a route with several stops that reveals the valuable historical, architectural and artistic legacy left by the silk trade in the city.

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Spain is part of the UNESCO program "Silk Road," in which València is its main city. In 2016 the II Encuentro Mundial “València, Ciudad de la Seda 2016” was held.