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June 23-24   ***   23-24 Junio

On Wednesday night and Thursday morning, we visited the Ciutat de les Arts i les Cièncias (Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias), the City of Arts and Sciences. This is a complex of basically the most awesome sci-fi-looking builings of the face of the Earth. Just take a look:

City of the Arts and Sciences

There’s the Palau de les Arts (Palacio de las Artes), the Palace of the Arts, the Museu de les Cièncias (Museo de las Ciencias), the Museum of Science, the Hemisfrèic, a planetarium and IMAX theater, the Ágora, an auditorium, and the Oceanogràfic, the Oceanarium. The buildings were designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, and they’re spectacular. If you look closely, you’ll see that the entire white surface of these buildings is covered by a mosaic of white ceramic tile. You could spend hours just walking around them and marveling at how cool they are.

Palace of the Arts

Hemisfèric

The Turia river once ran through the city of Valencia. In 1957, however, there was a terrible flood which devasteted the city. To prevent another disaster, the river was deverted into two rivers which flow around the city and rejoin when they meet the sea. The old river bed was turned into a series of parks called the Jardí del Túria (Jardín del Turia), the Garden of the Turia, which runs through the center of the city. This is where the City of the Arts and Siences is located, as well as the Parc Gulliver (Parque Gulliver), a children’s park which features a playground in the form of the giant hero tied to the ground.

Gulliver

Garden of the Turia

More photos here.

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