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    Saint Mary's Cathedral

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    The Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia, alternatively known as Saint Mary's Cathedral or Valencia Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic parish church in Valencia. It was consecrated in 1238.
    The most ancient facade of the Cathedral - the portal of apostles (Puerta ed los Apostoles) comes on Plaza de la Virgen. The medieval custom which is kept up till nowdays is connected with this Gothic portal. Every Thursday at midday the Water tribunal - court of elders gathers in front of the Portal. This tribunal in an antiquity and now discusses the questions, concerning usings irrigation canals.

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    Plaza del Ayuntamiento

    by Twan Updated Jul 9, 2013

    The Town Hall Square is the name given to the most important and central square of the city of Valencia (Spain). It has had several names, Emilio Castelar in the Second Republic (1936-39), during the Franco Caudillo Square then in Transition, Square of Valencia until 1987 and finally as the current name of the City consensus. There is a proposal by the Valencian Council of Culture rename it again, this time as James I, the founder of the Christian Kingdom of Valencia.

    After downing the convent square was created using the same solar gardens, although until well into the twentieth century adopted its current physiognomy, through several renovations and projects.

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    Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències

    by Twan Updated Jul 9, 2013

    The Ciutat de les Arts and Sciences (Valencian) or Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (Spanish) (the City of Arts and Sciences) is a cultural-scientific complex in the Spanish city of Valencia. The complex is located in the Jardín del Turia, the dry riverbed of the Turia River rearranged. The buildings were designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, is an example of modern architecture.

    Construction began in July 1996. The complex was inaugurated on April 16, 1998 with the opening of L'Hemisfèric. The last building, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía was finished in 2005.

    The complex consists of the following five buildings, usually identified by their Valencian name:
    El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - opera house and performing arts center
    L'Hemisfèric - IMAX cinema, planetarium and Laserium
    L'Umbracle is a 320 meter long and 60 meter wide pedestrian promenade and botanical garden with many palm trees, native plants and work by local artists. The elevated boardwalk offers views of the surrounding museum buildings. He also serves as access to the property and to that end has a large car park.
    El Museu de Príncipe Felipe and Sciences - Science Museum
    L'Oceanogràfic - open-air oceanographic park

    The buildings are surrounded by a park and ponds.

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    Jardín Botánico

    by Twan Updated Jul 9, 2013

    The Botanical Garden of the University of Valencia (Valencian: Botanic Garden of the University of Valencia), is a botanical garden located in the city of Valencia, in Valencia, Spain.

    This botanical garden is administratively at the University of Valencia. He is a member of BGCI of Ibero-Macaronesian Association of Botanic Gardens and presents works for the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation.

    The international recognition code "Botanic Garden of the University of Valencia" as botanical institution (in the Botanical Gardens Conservation International BGCI) and the initials of his herbarium is VAL.

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    Plaza de Toros

    by Twan Updated Jun 25, 2013

    This Valencian arena was built around 1850 by architect Sebastien Monleon in neoclassic style. It had to be a scaled down version of the famous Colosseum in Rome, like the amphitheater in Nimes. Nevertheless, the arena is certainly not small, courtyard has a diameter of less than 52 meters. The architect has certainly succeeded in his intent was when the Plaza de Toros finished around 1860. Nowadays, you can still go for bullfights but also for concerts or an occasional circus.

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    The Silk Exchange

    by JessieLang Written Apr 22, 2013

    La Lonja de la Seda (the Silk Exchange) is a 15th Century Gothic-style trading hall. It has been designated as a World Heritage site.

    Hours: Tues-Sat, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun-Mon, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    (From mid-October to mid-March, it closes at 6 instead of 7.)

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    Lladro Factory

    by JessieLang Written Apr 22, 2013

    The Lladro factory tour is very interesting even though their porcelain figurines aren’t my kind of collectibles. Some of their pieces are very complex, and require as many as 365 separate molds. Then all the little parts are joined with liquid porcelain. Tiny flowers that decorate the pieces are made petal by petal, and a woman sits there 8 hours a day creating them.

    No photos allowed.

    You can't just drop in. To arrange a tour of the Lladro factory telephone +34 96 318 70 00 a month in advance. Within Spain: 900 21 10 10 or Fax: +34 96 185 02 37

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  • City of Arts and Sciences -how to get 50% discount

    by Phidias81 Written Nov 12, 2012

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    The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is one of the main attraction in the city. Unfortunately the ticket is quite expensive, but...there is an easy trick to get 50% discount ! You just have to go to the Carrefour supermarket in front of the Museum and buy the correct Chocolate Milkshake that have a voucher with a 2x1 entrance. With this easy trick you save up to 33€.
    To have more details, you can follow this step by step guide on the discount

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    Torre Miguelete

    by alexander.v Written Nov 7, 2012

    There is enough said about the Cathedral of Valencia but if you go to Cathedral de Santa Maria,
    La Seu, then don`t forget to clime the tower witch is next to it, Torre del Miguelete. It`s an exhausting climb up the Cathedral tower. For only €2,- you'll have the most spectacular vieuws over the city. And If you are lucky (or not?) the clocktower bell will shake you`re brain.

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    The Cathedral

    by Aitana Written Jul 15, 2012

    The Cathedral of Valencia was built between the 13th and the 15th century over the site of a former Visigothic cathedral, which had been turned into a mosque during the Islamic domination. Gothic is the predominant style, although Romanesque, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical elements are also present.
    The Cathedral is basically a Gothic building, a cruciform plan with transepts north and south, and a crossing covered by an octagonal tower, with an ambulatory and a polygonal apse. The Miguelete or Micalet, the belfry of the Cathedral, finished in 1425, was initially separate from the body of the church, until the nave was expanded.
    The Cathedral It was consecrated in 1238 by the first bishop of Valencia after the Reconquista, Pere d'Albalat, Archbishop of Tarragona, and was dedicated by order of James I the Conqueror to Saint Mary.
    A chalice from the 1st century, given to the cathedral by king Alfonso V of Aragon in 1436, is said to be the one of the Holy Chalices and has been defended as the true Holy Grail.
    Pope Innocent VIII elevated the Valencian See to the rank of metropolitan see, upon the request of the Valencian Pope Alexander VI, when still a cardinal.

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    Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados

    by Aitana Updated Jul 15, 2012

    This church is devoted to Virgen de los Desamparados (Our Lady of the Forsaken), the patroness of Valencia.

    The Real Chapel of the Virgin of the Forsaken was erected in the 17th century. The piece of land was bought by public subscription. From 1872 the church has the category of Basilica.
    The church started to be built in late Renaissance style, but later many Baroque elements were introduced such as the oval shape of the dome, linked with the Marian symbolism. Several reforms were made throughout the years, and the original sober chapel became a ornately rich basilica. The basilica is connected to the Cathedral by an arch, from which the Chamber of the Virgin can be seen when the Basilica is closed.

    Valencian people are devout followers of the Virgin of the Forsaken. This Basilica is a preferred church for religious weddings in Valencia. The feast day of the Virgin is on May 8. The second Sunday of May the image of the Virgin is taken to the Cathedral, in the afternoon, the image is carried in a procession around the old quarter. During the Fallas, a structure in the shape of the Virgin is erected in the square for in the floral tribute and women in the traditional dress parade along the city with a bouquet of flowers that are put covering the frame, forming a mantle of flowers.

    The picture is taken from Plaza de la Virgen, where the main façade is. This is the highest point of the city, and the remains of the roman forum were found at this place.

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    Palacio de la Generalitat

    by Aitana Updated Jul 15, 2012

    This palace houses the seat of the regional government of the Comunidad Valenciana. It is in downtown, very close of Plaza de la Virgen and the Cathedral.
    The palace was built in the 15th century, in late Gothic style, with Renaissance elements. The building is one of the best examples of civil architecture from this period.
    Throughout the years it hosted different institutions. Between the 15th and 18th centuries it was the seat of the Generalitat Valenciana, which was the organism that represented the kingdom before the Parliament. Later, it housed the Appellate Court (Real Audiencia). During most of the 20th century it was the seat of the Provincial Council. From 1982 this is the seat of the Autonomic Government.

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    Try a glass of Horchata

    by tango_jd Written Jul 13, 2012

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    In Spain, it usually refers to orxata de xufa (horchata de chufa), made from tigernuts, water, and sugar.
    Originally from Valencia, the idea of making horchata from tigernuts comes from the period of Muslim presence in Valencia (from the eighth to thirteenth centuries).
    It has a regulating council[4] to ensure the quality of the product and the villages where it can come from, with the Denomination of Origin. The village of Alboraia is well known for the quality of its horchata.
    It is served ice cold as a natural refreshment in the summer. Tigernut horchata is also used in place of milk by the lactose intolerant.

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    Ceramics Museum

    by nhcram Updated Jun 24, 2012

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    This beautiful building with its Alabaster doorway was once the Palacio Del Marques De Dos Aguas.
    The museum itself is not huge and an hour or so is enough. It houses famous works dating from the 13th century and does not only include ceramics.
    The building is on three floors so there is a fair bit of walking. If you go on a Saturday afternoon or a Sunday morning entrance is free.

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    L'Oceanogràfic

    by Twan Written Mar 20, 2012

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    L'Oceanogràfic is an aquarium in the Spanish city of Valencia. It is part of the Ciutat de les Arts Valencia 'and focuses on marine and coastal animals. It is considered the largest aquarium complex in Europe with 40,000 animals belonging to 500 species. L'Oceanogràfic was opened on 12 December 2002. The aquarium was designed by Santiago Calatrava.

    L'Oceanogràfic includes nine water towers containing the aquariums and ponds:

    Mediterráneo: aquariums with fauna from the Mediterranean
    Humedales Aviario: waterfowl from the Spanish and tropical mangrove swamps
    Templados: aquariums with animals from the temperate seas and basins with harbor seals and Magellanic penguins
    Tropicales y Corales: aquariums with tropical fauna of the seas
    Islas: moons seals and waterbirds such as brown pelicans, cormorants and duck species
    March Rojo auditorium with an aquarium with fish from the Red Sea
    Artico y Antártico: beluga whales, walruses and gentoo penguins
    Oceanos y Tiburónes: aquariums with fauna from the oceans, including several species such as the sand tiger shark and nurse shark
    Delfinario: tumblers

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