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The Town Hall of Potries is a magnificent example of the stately architecture of the seventeenth century in our rural area. This building is located at number 28 of Boamit street. The house that remains was built between the last years of the sixteenth century and the first decade of the seventeenth century, we know that in 1611 it is intended to revoke the establishments made on the house in favor of Pere de Borja and Centelles.
In fact, a document dated 1611 mentions Pere de Borja y Centelles, governor of Gandía, as the owner in the place of Potries "of a large and new house, with many rooms, as good as the best of all those that the lordship owns". Pere de Borja y Centelles was the second son of the marriage between the Duke of Gandía, Carles de Borja, and the Countess of Oliva, Magdalena Centelles. The marriage between Carles and Magdalena unified two important manorial possessions. It will be in 1595 that the Borja incorporated to their dominions those of the county of Oliva, by means of marriage. We believe that the new house of the document is the magnificent building of the current Town Hall of Potries, and it is evident that it has been built from scratch between 1595 and 1611, probably for purely economic reasons, related to the control and supervision of a set of properties that, since then, the Borjas had to manage.

The town hall preserves the original structure as well as some singular elements: the wrought iron grilles on the façade, the magnificent polychrome ceramic pavements with parallels in the Ducal Palace of Gandía or in the Court Hall of the Palace of the Generalitat of Valencia.

Some of the decorative elements typical of the late Renaissance and the quality of certain materials used in the construction link it to the ruling and wealthy classes of the time.

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