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 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!

Rococo styled window details

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.

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 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 story of Cinderella was indeed true!

Rococo decorated carriage named The nymphs’ carriage which was owned by Marquis of Dos Aguas.

Nymph Chariot which was built in 1753

This carriage was owned by the Marquis of LLanera which was built around 1780

A closeup on details on the carriage

The chair of hands which is from 18th century

Decorations in Chinese Lounge or Tea Room

Oriental decoration inside the tea room

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 furnitures in display along with some of the exquisite antiques, paintings, artworks in the ceilings and walls of the rooms.

The Red room

The grand ballroom

Bedroom of the Marquises

After spending enough wandering through the private quarters we moved on to the second floor, where you will find 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.

Traditional Valencian kitchen decorated with tiles and ceramics.

The lady, in her fine street dress

Polychrome tiles

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 showpiece in the world.

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

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61 Comments

  1. February 17, 2017    

    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.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Your welcome :).

  2. February 17, 2017    

    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!!!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Yes, surprisingly the tour of such a beautiful place was just for 3 Euros.

  3. February 17, 2017    

    Nice photographic coverage of the Marques Palace, enjoyed watching its beauty on pictures

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Thank you Umesh.

  4. February 17, 2017    

    Beautiful captures. Place looks absolutely royal.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Thank you Sapna.

  5. February 17, 2017    

    Rococo style is so grand and elegant! Each room is more elaborate than the last. What a beautiful tour for history, architecture, and art.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      The palace and the museum are a treat for history and art lover, glad you enjoyed the virtual tour.

  6. February 17, 2017    

    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!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Thank you Raymond, the Marques palace is one of a kind, we have seen nothing like this before.

  7. February 17, 2017    

    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.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Valencia is an amzing city, hope you get to visit soon :).

  8. February 18, 2017    

    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!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Yes, both exteriors and interiors are very beautifully designed and very unique.

  9. February 18, 2017    

    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!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Oh yes, the people involved in the design and construction of the palace must have been really proud of their work.

  10. February 18, 2017    

    What an amazingly beautiful place! The life of the rich!!!!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Hahah, yes the grand life of the rich :).

  11. February 18, 2017    

    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.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      It is one of the best tour for just 3 Euros. The Nymph carriage is one of our favourite pieces from the display.

  12. February 18, 2017    

    Lovely captures. This palace is rich in decorations nice to see them through your Lens.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Thank you.

  13. Balaka Basu Balaka Basu
    February 18, 2017    

    such amazing photographs…loved them

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Thank you very much Balaka.

  14. February 18, 2017    

    Seems like a really interesting museum, glad you enjoyed it! I really want to take a ride in that Nymph Chariot, it’s so beautiful!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Hahah, upclose the chariot is enough more stunning.

  15. February 19, 2017    

    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.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

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

  16. February 19, 2017    

    Looks like a palace straight out of Disney fairy tales. Actually Cinderella! And such lovely shots as usual! 😀

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Thank you Vaisakhi :). The palace tour is truly like a fairytale coming to life.

  17. February 19, 2017    

    Good to see all of these so well preserved.
    Wonder if those thinner rails on the Bannister was added later.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Umm. Not really sure about the banisters.

  18. February 19, 2017    

    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!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Thank you Kris. the tour does make everyone imagine the life of the people during the old times.

  19. February 19, 2017    

    Beautiful museum with lovely art work on display. The cavingas are amazing.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Yes it indeed is :).

  20. February 19, 2017    

    Beautiful coverage of the place. Thanks for sharing.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Your welcome :).

  21. February 20, 2017    

    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!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Thank you.

  22. February 22, 2017    

    Mind blowing exhibits! Everything is extremely beautiful. Visiting places like this always makes me inspired for weeks and weeks to come.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      February 22, 2017    

      Places like this works wonders for your imagination :).

  23. February 23, 2017    

    You have a lovely blog TOTS. My first day posting here so will read more of your blogs soon:) Also thanks for the comment on one of my articles:)

  24. March 1, 2017    

    Ive been many times in Valenica, but never visited this museum. Next time, I will for sure. It seems like a true hidden gem.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 9, 2017    

      The museum is indeed a gem. Do visit the place on your next visit to Valencia.

  25. Joi Joi
    March 1, 2017    

    this a great tour, i feel like I’ve visited the Palace with you. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 9, 2017    

      Your welcome Joi.

  26. March 1, 2017    

    Never mind the museum – I think I would just spend hours taking pictures of the exterior….lol! It’s absolutely stunning!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 9, 2017    

      Yes, we spent so long just staring at the beautiful work. It is really out of the world.

  27. March 2, 2017    

    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!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 9, 2017    

      Definitely, the palace shows how the life of the rich was during the old times.

  28. Michelle d Michelle d
    March 2, 2017    

    WOW! It looks so opulent! The rich golds and architecture. I love it.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 9, 2017    

      Thank you Michelle.

  29. March 3, 2017    

    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!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 9, 2017    

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

  30. March 4, 2017    

    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 😀

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 9, 2017    

      Thank you so much Ami :).

  31. March 6, 2017    

    Beautifully captured and quite a uniquely interesting palace!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      March 9, 2017    

      Thank you!

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