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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.

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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.

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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.

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    The City of Arts and Sciences

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Nov 24, 2013

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    Besides the Old centre you will see the modern City of Arts and Sciences.
    It is a huge futuristic educational complex designed for Valencia by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Calatrava's vision is that of the space age, inspired by animal skeletons.

    The City of Arts and Sciences is composed of 5 elements (below:
    Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia - The Concert / Opera Hall
    L'Oceanografic - The Marine Park
    L'Hemisferic - The IMAX Cinema.
    Museo de Ciences Principe Felipe - The Museum of Science.
    L'Umbracle - The Greenhouse.
    Unfortunately we hadn’t time to visit all these elements. May be next time…

    You can watch my 3 min 50 sec Video Valencia Calatrava architecture out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Plaza de Ayuntamento

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    We started to explore the centre of Valencia from Plaza de Ayuntamento which is the centre point of Valencia and is fairly impossible to miss.
    The Ayuntamento or the City Hall is the seat of the city government and is the dominating structure of the square.
    This large square is undoubtedly the most impressive of all Valencian squares, hosting rows of incredible buildings.

    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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    Iglesia de la Nuestra Senora de los Desamparados

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    Basilica de Virgen de Los Desamparados is the second most important religious structure after the Cathedral.
    It is one of the first Baroque buildings in Spain and constructed in a traditional Spanish style with a blue tiled dome.
    The main hall of the church has the round form. There is the statue of the patroness of Valencia to whom the temple is devoted. According to a legend in Middle Ages this statue was took out after a coffin of the beggar if anybody except for did not participate in a funeral procession.

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    Mercado Central

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    Continuing walk along Avenida Maria Cristina it is possible to see a facade of one more construction of an epoch of a modernist style - the Central market (Mercado Central).
    Mercado Central is a public market generally considered one of the oldest European markets still running.
    Most vendors sell food items, however, souvenir shops and restaurants are located inside the market as well. It is a popular location for tourists and locals alike. The arms of Valencia and color tiles decorate its facade.

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    Llotja de la Seda ("Silk Exchange")

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    The Llotja de la Seda ("Silk Exchange") is a late Valencian Gothic style civil building constructed between 1482 and 1548. It is one of the principal tourist attractions in the city.
    It is the most ancient building in Valencia. It is situated on Plaza del Mercado. Its facade represents a continuous grey wall with Gothic water-drains. In the Middle Ages heart of trading Valencia fought there. All trading operations of the largest Mediterranean port were made at this stock exchange. The basic goods was silk. The building is included in the list of the world cultural heritage.

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    Saint Mary Cathedral - Sacred Graal

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    The main treasure of the Cathedral of Valencia is Sacred Graal. It is stored in chapel of Capilla del Santo Caliz. According to a legend Joseph Arimafej collected blood of crucfied Jesus in a bowl from the green agate, decorated by pearls and jewels. Crusaders brought a bowl from Jerusalem. The valencian bowl is recognized by Vatican as one of the greatest Christian relics unlike a mystical bowl which Templars knights owned.
    The bronze model of a temple is installed nearby its central entrance on Plaza de la Reina.

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