Everybody knows this landscape which have made famous Valencia around the world. But do you know exactly what hide these big architect works art? Anyway if you’re plannig to visit Valencia, you can’t miss and let me to explain why:
The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is a unique complex devoted to scientific and cultural dissemination which is made up of five main elements: the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and digital projections), 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 gives the complex a multifunctional space.
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The Hemisfèric was inaugurated in 1998 and was the first building in the City of Arts and Sciences to open its doors to the public. It is a spectacular construction designed by Santiago Calatrava, with an ovoid roof over 100 metres long that contains in its interior the large sphere that constitutes the projection room. It’s a IMAX cinema and digital projections to feel adventures through spectacular images.
This is the largest hall in Spain to contain three systems projecting onto a concave screen of 900 square metres:
-Large-format cinema, IMAX Dome.
-Digital 3D screen measures: rectangle about 12×6 meters.
-Digital projections. Astronomical representations and entertainment shows.
THE SCIENCE MUSEUM
This is the great 21st-century science museum for getting to know in a didactic, interactive, and entertaining way everything to do with life, science, and technology.
The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum has become a world reference point for interactive science and one of the most visited destinations in the country, with over 25 million visitors since its inauguration in 2000. Itsmain objective is stimulating curiosity and critical thinking and at the same time surprising and amusing the public by its contents from the world of science, technology, and the environment.
The Oceanogràfic of the City of Arts and Sciences is the largest aquarium in Europe and contains representatives of the world’s main marine ecosystems. Each building is identified with the following aquatic environments: the Mediterranean, Wetlands, Temperate and Tropical Seas, Oceans, the Antarctic, the Arctic, Islands, and the Red Sea, as well as the Dolphinarium with 24 million litres of water and a depth of 10.5 metres.
The Underwater Restaurant and the Access Building which welcomesvisitors stand out because of their spectacular roofs designed by Félix Candela.
During their route through the various installations, visitors can get to know at first hand the behaviour and way of life of over 45,000 individuals of 500 different species: dolphins, belugas, walruses, sea lions, seals, penguins, turtles, sharks, rays, sawfish, jellyfish, starfish, sea urchins, and crustaceans of all kin…, as well as wetland bird species such as those inhabiting the Albufera de Valencia and tropical mangrove swamps.
THE PALAU DE LES ARTS
Get to know the Palau de les Arts, one of the main badges of Santiago Calatrava’s project
After the inauguration of the Hemisfèric in 1998, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and the Umbracle in 2000, and the opening to the public of the Oceanográfico in 2003, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía completes the artistic facet of the Generalitat’s firm bid for culture in its broadest sense together with science, technology, and nature.
It was inaugurated in 2005 and is equipped with the most modern technologies to constitute an avant-garde and modern space, which is the cultural catalyst that has placed the Region of Valencia, with its centenary musical tradition, in a privileged position among all other world regions.
The Umbracle is a vantage point of over 17,500 square metres with an exhibition zone from which all the buildings, lakes, walkways, and landscaped areas of the City of Arts and Sciences can be contemplated.
Its vegetation is characteristic of the Mediterranean, of the Region of Valencia, and of tropical countries, and changes according to the season of the year; it also contains an interesting exhibition of contemporarsculptures by internationally acknowledged artists in the ArtPromenade.
Until 1st November 2011, Umbracle at the City of Arts and Sciences is holding Europe’s biggest ever exhibition of robotic dinosaurs.
Inside it houses the car park for the City of Arts and Sciences which has room for 665 light vehicles and 25 coaches on two floors. It is its upper part, however, that is of interest with its “Parade of the Sculptures”, an open-air art gallery of nine sculptures by contemporary artists with a central wooded garden; a balcony located on the north side of the latter affords a magnificent panoramic view of the whole complex.
The new icon of the City of Arts and Sciences is a versatile space that will allow the holding of varied events. A multi-functional setting has been planned for the staging of congresses, conventions, concerts, and performances; it can also be converted into an exhibition area.
Venue for the Valencia Open 500 Tennis Tournament, one of the most important international sports meetings, this building hosted the tournament successfully.
The Freestyle Burn Spanish Cup and the Christmas Special Programme tookplacein the Agora too. This building is used too every years for the Valencia Fashion Week, the valencia fashion catwalk ( The next 7,8,9,10 of September 2011).