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Tour of the Marqués Palace and National Ceramics museum, Valencia

If one is well acquainted with the city of Valencia or has merely taken a short walk down the street of the old town, then you must definitely have across stores displaying beautiful ceramic pieces. The collections in some of the stores are so enticing to look at that we spent an entire afternoon wandering through the streets of Valencia hopping from one store to another. And this is when we came across the Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas, a building like no other we have seen before!

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Rococo styled window

The Palace outer structure has a unique appearance, and we are pretty sure every person is struck by the sheer magnificence of the building at the very first look. Once home to the Spanish Noble, the palace was built during the 15th century and showcases Rococo style architecture.

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Elaborate alabaster sculptures on the main entrance

Another highlight of the Palace exteriors is the striking main entrance, a famous landmark of Valencia made of alabaster stone in Churrigueresque style. Upon enquiring about the Palace, we were informed much to our delight that the Palace currently houses the Museo Nacional de Ceramica Gonzalez Marti (The National Ceramics Museum) named after an avid ceramics collector and also major contributors to the museum, Gonzalez Marti. Not one to miss an amazing opportunity like this to explore the palace interiors, we decided to purchase the museum tour tickets.

The two storied palace is divided into sections showcasing spectacular artwork with the main focus on Valencian ceramics and porcelain. The ground floor, once a carriage house and stable now has some of the most luxurious antique carriages on display. Looking at these dreamy carriages we couldn’t help ourselves from imagining if the story of Cinderella was indeed true!

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Rococo decorated carriage named the Nymphs’ Carriage which was owned by Marquis of Dos Aguas.
National Ceramics Museum Valencia
Nymph Chariot which was built in 1753
National Ceramics Museum Valencia
This carriage was owned by the Marquis of LLanera which was built around 1780
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A closeup of details on the carriage
National Ceramics Museum Valencia
The chair of hands which is from the 18th century
National Ceramics Museum Valencia
Decorations in Chinese Lounge/Tea Room
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Oriental decoration inside the tea room
National Ceramics Museum Valencia
Japanese Vase

The first floor has the private rooms of the Marqués de Dos Aguas where we took a tour of the rooms like ballroom, dressing rooms, luxurious bedchamber and so on, which left us completely speechless with its magnificence. Walking through these rooms gave us a glimpse of the opulent lifestyle of the Marqués during the old days. The rooms still have the original pieces of furniture in the display along with some of the exquisite antiques, paintings, artworks in the ceilings and walls of the rooms.

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The Red room
National Ceramics Museum Valencia
The grand ballroom

National Ceramics Museum Valencia

National Ceramics Museum Valencia

National Ceramics Museum Valencia

National Ceramics Museum Valencia

National Ceramics Museum Valencia
Bedroom of the Marquises

After spending enough wandering through the private quarters we moved on to the second floor, where you will find a major collection of ceramics from around the world, dating back to prehistoric age. The collections also gave a detailed insight on the evolution of ceramics over the years and how us humans have brought out our artistic capabilities in these pieces. One of the main features of the museum is the traditional Valencian kitchen completely built from locally made ceramics.

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Traditional Valencian kitchen decorated with tiles and ceramics.

National Ceramics Museum Valencia

National Ceramics Museum Valencia

National Ceramics Museum Valencia
The lady, in her fine street dress

National Ceramics Museum Valencia

National Ceramics Museum Valencia
Polychrome tiles

National Ceramics Museum Valencia

National Ceramics Museum Valencia

National Ceramics Museum Valencia

National Ceramics Museum Valencia

It is truly amazing how these ceramic and porcelain items are made with such finesse and it is no wonder one of the most coveted showpieces in the world.

Entry tickets to the National Ceramics Museum cost 3 Euros and are free of cost for children (below 18 years) and senior citizens (65+ years). The museum is closed on Mondays.

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61 thoughts on “Tour of the Marqués Palace and National Ceramics museum, Valencia

  1. Such beautiful captures and i so agree. The exteriors as well as interiors could just easily win every heart 🙂 Few of them look quite delicate 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Cheers.

  2. I haven’t been anywhere in Spain except Barcelona! So, thanks for this virtual tour. Oh my! The palace looks gorgeous! Entry fee is just 3 euros??!! That’s just awesome! Love the sculptural details. Its so rich!!!

  3. Spain has such a well-preserved history. Those coaches are so intricately decorated and the majestic chandeliers and furniture are all stunning. We have county style castles in Scotland but nothing like Palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas. Interesting post!

  4. My study abroad in Valencia fell through when I was in college so I always imagine what could have been when I read posts like this. I would love to visit the museum and see all the ceramics on display. Its so impressive that they were preserved so well.

  5. This is one place where it is difficult to chose whether exterior of interior is better…I find them each competing for the top slot!

    The carriages look so elegant, as if made for eternity!

  6. Entry at 3 Euro is a bargain! What beautiful pieces – the carriages are so ornate and the ceramics and porcelain are so detailed. An absolute master craftsman/woman must have been very proud when they finished making them!

  7. Love the intricate details of the Marques Palace. The interior is pretty amazing with all the beautiful trim and grandeur. But the Nymph Chariot is simply spectacular! Just incredible detail and craftsmanship; that definitely looks like something out of real-life Cinderella. Also a great collection of art pieces and ceramics and absolutely worth the visit, especially for only 3 Euro.

  8. I would definitely visit there for only 3 euro! I can’t believe they still have chariots there from
    the mid 1700s. It is incredible how well preserved the artifacts are. The chandelier for some reason reminds me of a birthday cake haha. What a cool experience.

    1. That is a great comparison for the chandelior. Anyways it was indeed an one of a kind experience to visit this beautiful place.

  9. The whole post made me travel to a different era. Haha! The architecture was so lit Im like watching a fairytale setting that came to like. I love the carriages looking so grand!

  10. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself spending way to much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worth it!

  11. Oh wow everything is so ornate and beautiful! Must have been so interesting living during those times. Looks like its definitely a great place to visit and find out some history!

  12. I’ve been to Valencia and I love the city! I will definitely go back someday, and I’ll keep this place in mind. I agree with many of these comments – I love the pictures and you captured the essence of the place! Thank you!

    1. Thank you for the love! Please do visit the palace when you are in Valencia next. We are sure you will love it :).

  13. Brilliant pictures ladies. I am in love with the palace just by looking at it. Rococo style of architecture is so different and so elaborate too. Seems like they like a lot of fluid curves and bas effects. I kind of like it. Would definitely like to experience it myself. BTW – you guys are looking gorgeous in those pics 😀

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