the single pilon of he cable-stayed Assut de l'Or bridge is a trademark of the architect Santiago Calatrava
a line-up of l'Hemisfèric, le Museu de les Ciències de València, the Assut de l'Or bridge and l'Àgora
the Hemisfèric with in the background el Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
Daddy shows his kids how to row a boat but the guys do not pay him much attention
the structure of the Museu de les Ciències de València resembles a whale's skeleton
there is ample resting place
L'Àgora dates from 2009 but is already in need for repairs.....
L'Àgora is a multi-functional venue and can seat 6000 people
the Opera house El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía from 2005
Valencia's city of Arts and Sciences
Throughout its long history Valencia has experienced frequent floodings caused by an overflow of the Turia river.
When the works of Plan Sur
in 1969 the old riverbed was turned into a long buildingless green-space garden.
An opportunity like this
is seldomly missed by visionary politicians and thus in 1989 the Valencian Generalitat launched the grand idea for
a City of Sciences, to be build in the old riverbed.
When the project was finished in 2005 the total costs had tripled, but the
resulting City of Arts and Sciences
is an amazing line-up of futuristic lloking constructions:
- the Palau de les Arts Reina
- the Hemisfèric IMAX
- the Umbracle
- the Museu de les Ciències de València
- the Assut de l'Or bridge
- the Àgora
- the L'Oceanografic.
A plan to
add three skyscapers was put on hold and may not be finished at all.
The City of Arts and Sciences was elected one
of the 12 Treasures of Spain
and is a major tourist attracion in Valencia.
the entrance to the Umbracle
the Umbracle is an open air garden with typical Valencian plants and trees
one of the works of modern art at the end of the Umbracle
the entrance to l'Oceanogràfic, Europe's largest oceanarium
living in a bubble with the Umbracle in the background