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Considered by many intellectuals as an Italy graft in the Iberian Peninsula –the Renaissance enters into Spain through Valencia- the country of Valencians requires a slow learning. One will never end up fully understanding it, as is the case of almost all Italian regions. Mediterranean, festive, bustling, Valencia struggles to overcome the darkest years of its recent history. The engine of the Spanish rampant economy in the first decade of 2000, the region of Valencia has evolved into a caricature of itself and a symbol of some of the major excesses that characterized the Spanish crisis in recent years. A controversial vision, unfair and abusive, despite it contains elements of truth. The primitive austere building of Saint Nicholas parish, built in the 13th Century, was reconverted into a Gothic style church and ornately decorated at the initiative of Borja family (Italianised Borgia). This happened in the 15th Century, at the time of Valencia’s greatest splendor; in the Century of the First Globalization Pope’s -the Valencian Alexander VI- who divided the World into two oceanic areas of influence (Treaty of Tordesillas between Castile and Portugal). Over time, the Gothic evolved into Baroque in a new twist. Cheerful, festive, irreverent, in the “leaden years” of the Cold War, the Soviet Union bought more than 6 million kilos of Valencia oranges in 1950 (4.7 millions East Germany, 4 million Czechoslovakia, 1 million Poland, etc.). Valencians were nearly the only Westerners, together with the Italians and their Fiats, who managed to pierce the iron curtain with a cargo of oranges on their shoulders. Valencia, Italian city. Many miracles are attributed to Saint Nicholas, known as Saint Nicholas of Myra in the East (on account of his place of death) and as Saint Nicholas of Bari in the Western nations (on account where his mortal remains can be found to this day). His figure is remarkable in the Christian world because has given rise to the myth of Santa Claus. In the Italian city of Bari exists a widespread popular devotion to him, as do in Valencia. Parishioners will continue praying but under more luster. Valencia is rediscovering its place on the world in the midst of a tremendous economic, social and political turmoil. The final result of Saint Nicholas Church restoration’s made Valencians feel proud and contributed to return a bit of their self-esteem lost in recent years. It seems Valencia has initiated a reverse path, more Gothic and less Baroque. Perhaps Valencians learnt the lesson. Or perhaps Saint Nicholas is acting again. n 39