Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia / City of Arts and Sciences Valencia
The City of Arts and Sciences, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencian, is a huge futuristic educational complex designed for Valencia by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrva
The City of Arts and Sciences is composed of six elements (below), all bound together in a luxurious lanscape of clear water spaces and greenery
The City of Arts and Sciences comprises of the Hemisferic, Science Museum, Oceanografic, Paula de les Arts, The Agora and Umbracle.
L’Hemisferic was the first building to be created at the complex in 1998. L’Hemisferic has the shape of an eye, and is reflected 24.000 square meters lake.
L’Hemisferic is an splendid Laserium, Planetarium and IMAX cinema (over a 900 square meters of screen) which shows an amazing variety of 3D films.
Average viewing time: 1 hour
The Principe Felipe Science Museum, Cuidad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias Valencia
The Principe Felipe Science Museum is a great day out for adults and kids alike with load of interaction to keep the children amused. The museum has varying programmes/displays and workshops. Restaurant, cafe and bookshop are also incorporated.
An enormous long structure with 3 Floors of ultra-interactive science material on topics like electricity, physical laws, lasers, human body, sport sciences, sound, lights, planetarium, and many others.
Some stuff is purely fun, other takes good brain work, all of it is fascinating.
Most of the exhibition is permanent, with a couple of rotating temporary sections.
The Oceanografic, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias Valencia
The Oceanographic opened in 2003 and is the biggest aquarium in Europe.
The Oceanographic is divided into different geographic zones. There is a section on every marine zone in the world – from Arctic to Mediterranean.
The walkway includes an underwater tunnel to watch the sea life swimming above you and an underwater restaurant to dine amongst the sea life.
The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias Valencia
The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia opened in 2005 and hosts many well known musicals, ballets and operas.
As a concert hall, The Palace of Arts has 4 distinct auditoriums for various kinds of stage arts, from classical concerts and operas to theatre plays.
Due to its incredible acoustics it is becoming one of the most prestigious opera halls in Europe.
L’Umbracle, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias Valencia
L’Umbracle or The Greenhouse is a promenade with species of plants from all over the world withing the Cuidad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias complex.
It is shaped by a succession of 55 fixed arches and 54 floating arches of 18 meters high. On them grows climbing plants, which will provide shade along the whole landscaped walk and will give a feeling of a “Winter Garden”.
Inside the structure is an outdoor art gallery, called the ‘Stroll of the Sculptures’ with nine sculptures from contemporary authors.
The Agora, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias Valencia
The latest addition the to The City of Arts and Sciences, Cuidad de Las Artes y Las Ciencias is The Agora which opened in 2009.
Depending on the configuration of the space, a maximum seating capacity for 6,000 people can be reached.
The Agora was officially inaugurated in November 2009 to host the Valencia Open 500 ATP tournament, although the construction works were not completely finished.
For more information telephone ticket sales on 902 100 031 or visit www.cac.es