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February 19th 2011
Published: March 31st 2011
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The HemesfericThe HemesfericThe Hemesferic

The Hemesferic in the foreground houses a planetarium and an Imax theatre

Such a contrast



There are so many ancient sites to see in Valencia and throughout Spain that many travelers miss or ignore one of the most beautiful complexes to be seen anywhere. The City of Arts and Sciences (Valencian: Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Spanish: Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) is a marvel of modern architecture. We were not sure we would be able to visit this complex of buildings. It was not close to the historic district where our hotel was located. One of the desk clerks told us which bus to catch. We decided to be brave and head out in a bus we knew nothing about for a destination which was 'somewhere' in this enormous city. After all, if it did not go where we wanted to go or if we didn't know when to get off, the trip would still be interesting. And, if a bus goes one direction, surely there will be another returning from where we started our adventure.

We almost missed the stop.



We were on the bus about 30 minutes when it rounded a corner and stopped. The doors were about to be closed when we
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

Without modern construction materials this would be impossible.
realized that this is the stop we want! Quickly we jumped off the bus. Once traffic had cleared we crossed the street and entered the complex of beautiful buildings.

Modern marvels



Without modern materials these buildings would be impossible. We marveled at the architecture. The El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía is an example. The long roof that extends and curves downward with no support awed us. It must be cantilevered. I can see no other way for this long free-standing roof to not collapse. The roof consists of laminated steel clad with concrete and mosaic tile. I thought it looked like a cruise liner coming into port.






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El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

Look at the impossible architecture in this opera house.
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

Looking down one side of the building.
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

Is it a huge ship coming into port?
Entire complex from the airEntire complex from the air
Entire complex from the air

This is a snapshot of the complex from a poster on the site.
The ribs of a buildingThe ribs of a building
The ribs of a building

They really look like the inside of a fish to me.
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

Such a magnificent structure!
Eye ballEye ball
Eye ball

From the water angle this looks like a giant eye.


1st April 2011

Your stories and photos
Thanks once again for great info from and about places I would never see if not for you.
4th April 2011

wonderful!
Wonderful pictures!!!

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