About Valencia

From Gothic quarters to futuristic architecture, Valencia has it all. Valencia is a city in which the light and sea of the Mediterranean coexist in a striking manner as in a Sorolla painting. The third largest city in Spain, Valencia has an ample cultural offer together with a boiling nightlife and beautifull beaches. Valencia bursts with tradition, and loads of fiestas are organized for the enjoyment of the people thoughout the year, but the most important of all remains "Las Fallas". The spectacular City of Arts and Sciences with its extravagant
architecture is one of the must see places in Valencia. In recent years, important international sport events like the America's Cup and the Formula 1 Grand Prix on a street circuit at the city's port have put Valencia more than ever on the world map.

The City of Arts and Sciences (Valencia)

The City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia The City of Arts and Sciences from Valencia

The City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de Las Artes y Ciencias) from Valencia is a unique complex devoted to scientific and cultural dissemination designed by the Spanish architects of international prestige: Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. The City of Arts and Sciences has a futuristic architecture and is made up of five main elements: the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and digital projections with a 900 square meters screen), the Umbracle (a landscaped vantage point and car park), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (an innovative centre of interactive science), the Oceanográfico (the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (which takes care of the operatic programme). The Ágora, which will give the complex a multifunctional space, is under construction.

The City of Arts and Sciences, ValenciaThe City of Arts and Sciences from Valencia

The City of Arts and Sciences was built along an axis of just under two kilometres that was formerly the bed of the River Turia that used to cross the city of Valencia. The City of Arts and Sciences has an endless capacity for entertaining and stimulating the minds of its visitors as it is orientated towards different aspects of science, technology, nature, and art. In order to address this social commitment, the idea behind The City of Arts and Sciences is to maintain a wide range of contents based on four major thematic fields of knowledge: the Cosmos, the Biosphere, the Human Being and Culture.

The City of Arts and Sciences, ValenciaThe City of Arts and Sciences from Valencia

Moreover, the City of Arts and Sciences also bridges the widely admired Mediterranean blue and white tradition of sea and light with the avant-garde architecture of Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. Their bold strokes identify the capital of the Turia of the 21st century, which is the futuristic image that symbolises the new Valencia: a modern city within the age-old city which millions visit every year to enjoy its culture, nature, art and science.

The City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia
The City of Arts and Sciences from Valencia

1 comments:

Anne,  October 5, 2009 at 1:09 AM  

I´ve been to The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia this summer and I simply loved it. LÓceanografic is great for kids. Don´t miss the dolphins show for anything in the world!

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