This historic building is the seat of the "Corts Valencianes": the autonomous parliament of the region of Valencia. This tour will show you around its main rooms and spaces.
The use of the name "Corts Valencianes" for the current Valencian Parliament reflects the intention of the authors of the Statute of Autonomy to reclaim its historic name. This does not mean, however, that the old system of representation or the former functions of the historical Corts Valencianes have been adopted. The old Corts Valencianes was organized around 3 branches (ecclesiastical, military, and royal) and its functions were very different to those of any modern parliament.
The Corts Valencianes are currently made up of 99 members of parliament elected by direct, free, and secret universal suffrage. The Plenary Sessions deal with matters that are agreed in an agenda in advance. The Bureau, consisting of the Speaker's office and the senior parliamentary lawyer, preside over the meeting while the members of parliament sit in the remaining seats. The blue seats are for the President of Valencia's regional government (Generalitat) and ministers.
The Committee Rooms are used for meetings of the committees of the Corts Valencianes. The 3 rooms are located on the ground floor, just below the Chamber. The committees prepare the parliamentary work so the most important issues can be dealt with in the Plenary Sessions. Each committee has a president, a vice president, and a secretary.
Texts: Corts Valencianes
Photographies: Inmaculada Caballer