The beautiful city, within the city of Valencia, Spain; a bold, architectural monument to culture, art and science by Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela
In a trip I made to Valencia, Spain, I stumbled upon this beautiful place; Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences), which is an architectural and cultural complex, designed by Santiago Calatrava And Félix Candela.
The complex is formed by 7 main structures. Originally, there was gonna be 8, but Las Torres de València (the Towers of València) was never built, and is placed on hold.
L’Hemisfèric – The Hemispheric
IMAX Theatre, Planetarium, Laserium
The Hemispheric, is a movie theater, dedicated to play documentaries related to art and science. If you look at it from a side, it resembles an eye, which is why they refer to it as “the eye of knowledge”. It was the first building completed of the eight, in 1998.
El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe – Prince Phillip’s Science Museum
Museum of Science
My personal favorite. The Principe Felipe (Prince Phillip the VI, who is now the king), is an interactive museum of science. Did its complicated structure caught your eye? it was designed to resemble the skeleton of a whale. It has three floors, and you’ll find exhibits like “Space Academy”, “Zero Gravity” and “Marvel’s Superheroes”. There’s a Basketball court inside. It’s been criticized though, for the fact that you don’t actually see an extensive coverage of science, it’s more like a place where you interact with gadgets for entertainment. Still, it is worth a visit just for the look and the feeling of the place. Inside, you feel like in a spaceship.
L’Umbracle (no translation)
L’Umbracle (pronounced Loombracleh) is a passageway full of plants that are not typical of Valencia. In it, you’ll find “The Walk of Sculptures” which is an art gallery with sculptures (obviously) of contemporary artists like Yoko Ono. The structure is made by 55 fixed arches and 54 floating arches. I owe you a better photograph, I’ll update all the photos on my next visit.
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía – Queen Sofía’s Palace of Art
The opera house is divided in four rooms: The Main Room, the Magisterial Classroom, an amphitheater and theater of camera. You can attend to music events and scenic arts performances. It’s currently undergoing reparations, but you can still appreciate its beauty.
Pont Assut de l’Or – Dam of the Gold Bridge
Bridge that divides the city of Arts and Sciences
The dimensions of the bridge will stun you. It resembles a ship’s sail, and when you cross it, you get overwhelmed by it’s height; 125 meters (410.105 ft.). More photos bellow.
L’Àgora – The Agora
Covered Events Plaza
L’Àgora is a multifunctional covered plaza where concerts and sporting events are held, such as the Valencia Open 500; a male tennis open first played in 1995.
L’Oceanogràfic – The Oceanographic
Aquarium Themed Park
The Oceanographic is the largest aquarium in Europe. I couldn’t visit it on this occasion, but in my next visit I’ll dedicate a whole post to it (part two). The picture above belongs to Felipe Gabaldón.
Here are some extra shots I took.
Thank you for reading! Give Valencia a visit, have some Paella, and of course, visit the City of Arts and Sciences.