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Old February 23rd, 2011, 01:41 PM   #61
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 01:51 PM   #62
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PART VIII
Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències

In this concluding part of my photo thread of Valencia, we explore the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), (City of Arts and Sciencies).

It is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex and proves to be the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia. The City of the Arts and the Sciences is situated at the end of the old riverbed Turia. Turia became a garden in 1980, after the bypass of the river by the great flood of Valencia in 1957. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, the project underwent the first stages of construction in July, 1996 and the finished "city" was inaugurated April 16, 1998 with the opening of L'Hemisfèric. The last great component of the City of the Arts and the Sciences, El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, was presented on October 9, 2005, Valencian Community Day.

The complex is made up of the following buildings, in order of their inauguration:

1) L'Hemisfèric — an Imax Cinema, Planetarium and Laserium. Built in the shape of the eye and has an approximate surface of 13,000 m².
2) El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe — an interactive museum of science but resembling the skeleton of a whale. It occupies around 40,000 m² on three flats.
3) L'Umbracle — a landscaped walk with plant species indigenous to Valencia (such as rockrose, lentisca, romero, lavender, honeysuckle, bougainvillea, palm tree). It harbors in its interior The Walk of the Sculptures, an outdoor art gallery with sculptures from contemporary artists. (Miquel from Navarre, Francesc Abbot, Yoko Ono and others).
4) L'Oceanogràfic — an open-air oceanographic park. It is the largest oceanographic aquarium in Europe with 110,000 square meters and 42 million liters of water. It was built in the shape of a water lily and is the work of architect Félix Candela.
5) El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía — an opera house and performing arts center. It contains four large rooms: a Main Room, Magisterial Classroom, Amphitheater and Theater of Camera. It is dedicated to music and the scenic arts.
6) El Puente de l'Assut de l'Or — a bridge that connects the south side with Minorca Street, whose 125 meters high pillar is the highest point in the city.
7) L'Àgora — a covered plaza in which concerts and sporting events (such as the Valencia Open 500) are held.
8) The Valencia Towers — forming part of a project of the construction of three skyscrapers of 308, 266 and 220 m. The project has been put on hold and the possibilities that it will be finished are seen by many as doubtful.

See here for more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciutat_..._Ci%C3%A8ncies





































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Old February 23rd, 2011, 06:33 PM   #63
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great pics!!! love them!
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 06:57 PM   #64
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I bet the Valencians are justifiably proud of this development. Great tour of the city Mike - thanks.
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34C?? thats boilingg
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Old February 24th, 2011, 09:18 AM   #66
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lovely!
the city of arts and sciences is indeed a great work of modern art.
you must have enjoyed your visit in that city.


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Old February 24th, 2011, 10:55 PM   #67
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Wow, these photos are great. I can even feel the Valencia heat and bustle by just looking at them
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Old February 25th, 2011, 03:12 PM   #68
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I bet the Valencians are justifiably proud of this development. Great tour of the city Mike - thanks.
I just think so too, it's a construction to be very proud of! Thanks.

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34C?? thats boilingg
I'm surprised you find that boiling living where you do. It felt nice actually, not too hot at all, though there was a breeze at times too. Personally I find anything up until 38-40C bearable, after that it gets a bit too hot.

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It's fantastic isn't it. When I showed a friend of mine a picture of it they asked 'when did you go to Sydney?' haha. I loved Valencia and would happily go back there some time.

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Thanks mate, one more batch to come.
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Old February 25th, 2011, 03:20 PM   #69
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And now for the final lot of pictures from la Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias:


























Thank you all for viewing and supporting this thread. I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to more comments on pictures, or general comments and questions.
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I'm surprised you find that boiling living where you do. It felt nice actually, not too hot at all, though there was a breeze at times too. Personally I find anything up until 38-40C bearable, after that it gets a bit too hot.
don't confuse tel aviv with dubai

we get temps above 33C ONLY two or three times a year in the city so yeah, 34C is pretty hot
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Old February 25th, 2011, 05:11 PM   #71
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don't confuse tel aviv with dubai

we get temps above 33C ONLY two or three times a year in the city so yeah, 34C is pretty hot
Oh I couldn't possibly lol. Dubai is ridiculously hot, 34C is probably normal overnight! I forget that Tel Aviv is on the coast facing a prevailing wind of sorts so that helps keep it pleasantly hot rather than unpleasantly hot. Having done a little wikipedia looking, apparently Tel Aviv's temperature record is 46.5C in May of all months! I'm sure that's not too uncommon in Valencia in hotter summers.
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Oh I couldn't possibly lol. Dubai is ridiculously hot, 34C is probably normal overnight! I forget that Tel Aviv is on the coast facing a prevailing wind of sorts so that helps keep it pleasantly hot rather than unpleasantly hot. Having done a little wikipedia looking, apparently Tel Aviv's temperature record is 46.5C in May of all months! I'm sure that's not too uncommon in Valencia in hotter summers.
yep and that's coz april & may usually bring some heatwaves which make the temperatures soar higher than they would in the summer months... but again, 46C is EXTREMELY RARE... the Tel Aviv weather is a lot like LA's or Naples'...

great sets!! how about coming over once?
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For me, one of the world's most modern and beautiful cities.

And I love Calatrava.
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Thank you! Am I right in thinking that's the festival where they ignite all the torches on the last night?
Yep, that's the one I think everyone should experience it at least once, with the parties and fireworks included of course!
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I had the opportunity to visit "la ciudad de las artes y las ciencias" and is awesome, the design is great and the surroundings are fantastic. I can say it is a great architectural work.
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yep and that's coz april & may usually bring some heatwaves which make the temperatures soar higher than they would in the summer months... but again, 46C is EXTREMELY RARE... the Tel Aviv weather is a lot like LA's or Naples'...

great sets!! how about coming over once?
That's very interesting. That's like saying the UK experiences its highest temperatures in spring rather than summer.

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And I love Calatrava.
It's gorgeous. I like it's contrast between old and originality to modern and striking. The centre compared to the City of Arts is the prime example!

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Yep, that's the one I think everyone should experience it at least once, with the parties and fireworks included of course!
There are lots of festivals in Spain I would like to witness. This is now one of them. I think the most outlandish one I saw was the Tomatina of Bunol - utter tomato carnage haha.

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I had the opportunity to visit "la ciudad de las artes y las ciencias" and is awesome, the design is great and the surroundings are fantastic. I can say it is a great architectural work.
I agree entirely. I would like to go back and perhaps explore the inside of the complex, having not had enough time on this particular occasion.
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the last serie is also great!!
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Bristol Mike, really nice photos
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 01:54 PM   #79
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Once we have ejoyed so much the pictures of Bristol Mike, here come mine

Hope you like them!
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better to start in a new page
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