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    City of Arts and Science

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Oct 21, 2014

    The most popular attraction of Valencia is the City of Arts and Sciences ("Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), an architectural complex built by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava between 1996-2005. The main architectural features - embedded in a beautiful park with pools and fountains - are

    - the Hemisferic: an IMAX cinema and planetarium
    - the Science Museum
    - L'Umbracle: a walking platform with local plants and a sculpture & outdoor art gallery
    - L'Oceanogràfic: the largest oceanographic aquarium in Europe
    - El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia: an opera house and performing arts center.

    The architecture of the buildings is inspired by natural, "bionic" forms: with some imagination, one building might resemble a whale skeleton, a snail or a blossoming water lilly.

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    Plaza de Ajuntamiento

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Oct 20, 2014

    This historic square in the city center of Valencia is surrounded by beautiful buildings in the "modernismo" style, among them the Town Hall and the Central Post Office. Please take note of the stylized bat at the Town Hall - tower, the iconic animal of Valencia.

    In the center, a small park with a fountain and flower sellers add to the friendly athmosphere of the Plaza. Many restaurants and shops can be found in the immediate vicinity.

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    La Ljonja

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Oct 20, 2014

    This castle-like building in the oldtown of Valencia is the medieval silk fair, built between the 15th and 16th century, with an impressive historic trading hall. It is interesting that the English word "bankrupt" has its origin here. When silk traders failed to contribute their payments, their tables where broken ("banca rota"), which indicated their exclusion. Foreign traders told of this custom in their respective homelands and coined the term "bankrupt". Please also note the fascinating gargoyles on the outside of the building.

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    Catedral of the Assumption

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Oct 20, 2014

    The Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia - built between the 13th and 15th century in the Gothic style, with later Renaissance and Baroque additions - is probably the most beautiful Valencian church; its interior is filled with rich sculptural and pictorial ornaments. The Micalet (church tower) is open for the public - for a small fee - and has great views of the oldtown of Valencia.

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    Oceanografic Aquarium

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Oct 20, 2014

    The Oceanografic Aquarium is part of the Ciudad de Ciencias y Artes; following the pattern of unusual architectural designs used here, the different aquarium buildings resemble opened blossoms. The itinerary through the Oceanografic leads through different themed "worlds" of fishlife, and even waterbirds, seals and beluga whales. The Oceanografic Aquarium also has a dolphin show (check for show times to plan your itinerary). It is easily possible to spend a whole day in the Oceanografic - if you have only time for just one attraction of the Ciudad de Sciencias y Artes, see the Aquarium!

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    Bioparc Zoo

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Oct 20, 2014

    This relatively young zoo - opened 2008 - is one of Valencias great attractions. The Bioparc has exclusively African animals in large enclosures without visible fences, which are designed to resemble the natural environment of the African steppes and jungles as much as possible. For a visitor, this creates a true "Safari feeling". My favourite feature of Bioparc is an artificial waterfall in the elephant enclosure which is frequently used for their baths! Only downside: the entrance to the Bioparc is a little hard to find, and even from the nearest metro station you`ll still need a brisk walk to get there.

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    Explore the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

    by MikeBird Written Feb 24, 2014

    For some really impressive modern architecture you couldn't go wrong by taking some time to explore this amazing new complex of buildings on the edge of Valencia. It's called the City of Arts and Sciences and houses the two museums of Arts and Sciences, a covered garden called the Umbracle, the Oceanografic ( a large aquarium), the Hemisfèric and the Agora (which looked to me like an empty building but presumably is a concert venue). There is also a very impressive road bridge.
    Take a look at the photos to get an idea of the structures. They are certainly very photogenic.

    Palace of the Arts in the background Hemisf��ric in the foreground Umbracle Covered gardens - look for Monk Parakeets The Agora concert venue The bridge and Agora
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    Have fun at the Science Museum

    by MikeBird Written Feb 23, 2014

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    Not only is this a very 'hands on', interactive style Museum which children and grown-ups will find fun and enjoyable it is also an amazing architectural showcase. Located on the edge of the city the Science museum is one of several, very modern, futuristic buildings created to raise the profile of this lively city. The entire area is known as the City of the Arts and Sciences and it contains the Oceanografic - the aquarium -and the Museum of Arts. I only had time to visit the Science museum but I did think the admission price for the aquarium was very high.

    I enjoyed my visit very much and I can honestly say I learnt quite a lot including things about the human mind, prosthetic limbs and Antarctic exploration.

    Unfortunately I was unable to visit the special exhibition of Space exploration which I think involved a simulation of weightlessness ( quite how it works I've no idea). They had timed entry slots and I didn't want to wait for another hour for the next opportunity.

    For football enthusiasts there was an exhibition on the science of football but it seemed to promote the fortunes of Valencia FC in a rather biased way.

    There is a large café on the ground floor.

    My admission price was 8Euros. Concessions are available.

    The enormous atrium inside the Science museum Foucault's Pendulum Just one of many displays
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    Miguelette

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    The Cathedral octagonal belltower is devoted to Sacred Michael, therefore it is named Miguelette. It was the minaret of the old mosque.
    The height of the belltower is 68 meters. It was attached to the temple in 1380-1420. There is a viewing platform at the top of the belltower. The spiral staircase conducts to the platform.

    You can watch my 1 min 58 sec Video Valencia part 3 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Bull Ring

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Nov 24, 2013

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    You can see bull-fights in Valencia if you’re interested in such attractions (not me!).
    The Bull Ring has been the centre of Valencia's bull-fighting for almost 150 years now. It is a large, impressive structure in the style of a Roman Coliseum but employing Doric ornament (the traditional Ancient Greek style). I could see it only out of a bus window.
    With only the ring itself measuring about 50 m in diameter, it is much larger as a whole, with 4 levels of colonnades and balustrades.

    You can watch my 2 min 30 sec Video Valencia part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Arch at Plaza del Arzobispo

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    There is the picturesque arch thrown through street at the east side of the Cathedral. There is Plaza del Arzobispo in several meters from its wall on which it is possible to see one of the most ancient constructions of Valencia - Cripta de la Carcel de San Vicente Martir. It is former Roman prison in which Christian Visente subsequently canonized has been concluded.

    You can watch my photo of Valencia on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39° 28' 31.29" N 0° 22' 29.56" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Calle de la Barchilla 2.

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    Iglesia de San Joan del Mercado

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    The Gothic church - Iglesia de San Joan del Mercado towers near to Mercado Central. There is a stock exchange - Lonja at another side of Plaza del Mercado.
    Iglesia de los Santos Juanes is one of the oldest in Valencia and is a National Heritage site. The first church was built in 1240 on the site of an old mosque. It was consequently modified in 14th and 16th centuries, with the baroque element appearing in 17th century.

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    Iglesia de Santa Catalina

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    Baroque church Santa Catalina is one of Valencia's landmarks. Locals call El Micalet and Santa Catalina "husband and wife" because both are very close to each other (both on Plaza de la Reina) and in some ways similar.
    Its belltower is really beautiful.

    You can watch my photo of Valencia on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39° 28' 24.17" N 0° 22' 32.95" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Santa Catalina.

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    Plaza de la Virgen

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    The main square of Valencia - Plaza de la Virgen is the picturesque emblem of the Old Town: the Basilica de la Virgen, the back portal of the Cathedral and the monumental Palau de Generalitat.
    In I-st century there was a Roman forum. Now the center of the square occupies "a fountain of rivers". The figure of a laying man symbolizes Turia river. Eight women with jugs symbolize eight irrigational channels which come from the river.

    You can watch my photo of Valencia on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 39° 28' 35.44" N 0° 22' 31.91" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Plaza de la Virgen Fountain.

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    Palau de Generalitat

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    One of the oldest streets of Valencia - Calle Caballeros conducts to the Palace of the government (Palau de Generalitat). The name of the street is connected with a fact that in XVIII century groups of night policemen patroled on this street. It was one of the widest in the city. The width of the street allowed to pass at once to several horsemen only there.
    Calle Caballeros comes to an end with a complex of buildings at a corner of street and a square, decorated by national colours of Valencia and Spain. The most interesting building of the Palace is decorated by square Gothic towers of XV century.
    Palau de Generalitat is the seat of the Valencian Autonomous Region government, an imposing castle-like structure blending the late Gothic and Renaissance architecture with Moorish themes.

    Palau de Generalitat
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