City Of Arts And Sciences # 2 - Valencia
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The City of Arts and Sciences is a cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia, Spain. It is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain.
The City of Arts and Sciences is situated at the end of the former riverbed of the river Turia, which was drained and rerouted after a catastrophic flood in 1957. The old riverbed was turned into a picturesque sunken park.
Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, the project began the first stages of construction in July 1996, and was inaugurated on April 16, 1998 with the opening of L'Hemisfèric. The last major component of the City of Arts and Sciences, El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, was inaugurated on October 9, 2005, Valencian Community Day.
I love architecture that begs the question, "Is it sculpture or a building or both." These buildings are both in my opinion. My jaw dropped when I saw them for the first time in gleaming sunlight. Unfortunately, my camera had stopped working so I had to go into business area of Valencia and purchase a new camera so I could take pictures the last 2 days of the trip. Because I had to charge the new battery for 4 hours I couldn't get back for daylight images but I got up at 6:00 am and walked over for some sunrise images which you see here.
On the left side we see the El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe (2000) — an interactive museum of science that resembles the skeleton of a whale. It occupies around 40,000 on three floors. Much of the ground floor is taken up by a basketball court sponsored by a local team and various companies. The building has three floors, of which 26,000 square meters is used for exhibitions. On the right side is a area that mimics the museum but is actually a pedestrian walkway and a parking area for buses. In the middle of course is the reflecting pool with the temporary display of sculptures. The harp like structure at the end is part of a bridge and is called El Pont de l'Assut de l'Or (2008) — a white cable-stayed bridge crossing the dry Turia riverbed, connecting the south side with Minorca Street, in between El Museu de les Ciències and L'Agora. The tower of the bridge, at 125 meters high, is the highest point in the city. Finally the egg shaped building at the end is still under construction.
October 9th, 2019
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