Santos Juanes Church in Valencia (Iglesia de San Juan del Mercado o de los Santos Juanes) was declared National Historic Monument in 1947. It was built in Gothic style in 1240 over a mosque. Although it is popularly known as San Juan del Mercado Church, its real name is Royal Parish of Santos Juanes and is located next to the Central Market, not in it.
Through time, Santos Juanes Church has undergone numerous renovations and additions due to two fires in the Fourteenth and Sixteenth Century. The facade was reformed in 1700 and Baroque elements were added in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century.
Elizabeth II granted the title of “Royal” after visiting the city of Valencia in 1858. Other famous people who visited Santos Juanes Church were Carlos III (1706), the King of Sicily (1823) and Isabella of Bourbon (1902).
Church of San Juan del Mercado has important architectural elements remnant of Gothic structure. Some of these elements are made up a nave and the clock tower, known as the bird of San Juan. There is also the central sculpture of Virgen del Rosario, built by Jacopo Bertesi.
If you do not know what to see in Valencia, the Church of San Juan del Mercado should be on top of your list.