Falles of Valencia, Spain

In early April, I visited Valencia, Spain, for an academic conference. I spent a few days there and had time to do a little sightseeing. I haven’t yet posted about it, and I wanted to share with you the falles, and the museum that houses the best one from each year, since the early 1900s.

Falles are sophisticated statues (made of papier-mache and other materials) of people, animals, and scenes, made for the city’s celebration of Saint Joseph. Each year, artists make them for the celebration and parade, and then they are all burned except for the one the people like the most. All of those that were saved each year are housed in a museum in Valencia, and I had a wonderful time wandering around this museum and admiring the abilities of these artists. Here is a sampling of some of the falles I enjoyed the most.

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Aren’t they delightful? I found myself wishing I could create something as realistic and life-like. I’m glad these were preserved and not burned so I could enjoy them.

If you ever visit Valencia, I suggest a visit to Museo Fallero de Valencia. I also suggest eating the paella.

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