The Serrano Towers, an impressive gateway of the wall from the late Middle Ages were, were
constructed by master Pere Balaguer between 1392 and 1398.
This massive stone structure is formed by two large pentagonal blocks which flank the arched
It seems that the inspiration behind these towers was the royal gateway to the Monastery of
Poblet, although the Serrano Towers are much bigger in scale giving them the appearance of a
gigantic triumphal arch.
The towers' inner walls house large archways and platforms. These were designed at various
heights so the city’s most prominent families could view processions of popular celebrations or the
arrival of important visitors.
From 1586 until 1887, the towers were converted into a prison where nobles and knights were
jailed. They can currently be visited and have been declared a monument of historic and artistic
interest. Also from its balconies, splendid views of the city and the river Turia can be
The towers are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note that from October to
March, afternoon opening times are from 4:30 to 8 p.m.