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The Plaza de la Virgen sits on the site that once was the forum of Roman Valencia. It is surrounded by impressive buildings and home to lots of pigeons. You can’t miss the impressive Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados on the eastern side of the square, and on the western side is the Gothic Palau de la Generalitat, the seat of government for the Valencia region. Also in the square there are some cafes with plenty of outside seating for the obligatory people watching.
In the centre of the square is a fabulous fountain which represents the irrigation of the Turia River. We recommend to sit at the edge of the fountain for a while and watched kids chase the pigeons, enjoying the sense of community in the square