Palacio del Marqués de Dos Agüas – Palace of the Marquis of Dos Aguas, Valencia, Spain

In the center of Valencia sits the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Agüas (the Palace of the Marquis of … Two Waters? Wait, is that right? I’m basing this on my high school Spanish, which also inadvertently caused me to proposition someone when I was 16). The building – an ornate and sort of gaudy mansion that screams “THIS IS WHAT RICH PEOPLE LIKED A LONG TIME AGO” is on a busy corner near the Central Market, and is also home to the National Ceramics Museum (which I highly recommend, but I might be a bit of nutter when it comes to ceramic arts). Much of the inside has been restored to its earlier grandeur, and it’s something to behold.

But while the interior is impressive, credit must also be paid to the facade of the building, which is one of those things that sort of stops you in

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