A brief history
A brief history
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The history of this important landmark dates back to the late Middle Ages. The period between the 14th and the 15th century was a time of great economic expansion for Valencia, so much that the period is now considered the Valencian Golden Age.
This development led to demographic and urban expansion, which brought the need for city walls and gateways. From then on the Torres de Quart have stood through the centuries, until they got to us, in the present day.
End of the 14th century
Commissioning of the Towers
The Towers were commissioned by the Valencian government as one of the 12 gates along the city’s defensive walls.
Work began on preparing the site for construction.
Beginning of works
The actual construction works started in 1443.
End of works
After years of construction at the hands of various master builders (Francesc Baldomar, Jaime Pérez, and Pere Comte), the Towers were finished.
The Diputación de la Generalidad del Reino occupied part of the Towers as a gunpowder store.
One of the towers was temporarily used as a prison for female prostitutes.
The Towers resisted siege and attacks by Napoleonic troops in June 1808. This put an end to the use of the Towers as female prisons.
The governor again claimed the use of the building as a military prison.
Demolition of the old city walls
In 1865, the ancient city walls started being dismantled to allow for the expansion of the city. Only three gateways were saved from this at the time, the Serranos Towers, the JudíosGate, and the Quart Towers.
Quart Towers declared National Monuments
The Towers are registered as National Monument and they appear in a law referring to the Patrimonio Histórico Español (Spanish national heritage).
Different renovation works took place in 1933, the 1950s, and then later on in 1972 and 1982. The works included regular maintenance, as well as more specific operations, like freeing the Towers from all the alterations made to render them suitable as prisons.
End of 20th century
Since the last decades of the 20th century, parrots and other exotic birds that have escaped from their cages have nested and reproduced in the holes caused by the artillery on the exterior façade.
Opening to the public
The site was cleaned up and finally opened to the public.