The City of Arts and Sciences: a unique complex and the pride of Valencia
The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is a unique complex devoted to scientific and cultural dissemination, which is made up of six main elements: the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and digital projections), the Umbracle (landscaped viewpoint and parking), the Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe (an innovative interactive science center), the Oceanogràfic (the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (dedicated to operatic programmes), the Ágora, which gives the complex a multifunctional space. The impressive complex of the City of Arts and Sciences leaves all visitors amazed because of its futuristic architecture, installed in the old riverbed of the Turia River which today has become iconic Valencia’s green area.
The City of Arts and Sciences’ Oceanographic is the largest aquarium in Europe, and it contains the planet’s main marine ecosystems. Each building contains the following aquatic environments: the Mediterranean, Wetlands, Temperate and Tropical Seas, Oceans, the Antarctic, the Arctic, Islands and the Red Sea, in addition to the Delfinarium, with 24 million litres of water and a depth of 10.5 meters. The Underwater Restaurant and the Access Building which welcome visitors stand out because of its spectacular roofs designed by Félix Candela.
The Umbracle is a viewpoint of more than 17,500 square meters with an exhibition area from which you can see the entirety of the buildings, ponds, walkways and landscaped areas of the City of Arts and Sciences. It includes vegetation typically from the Mediterranean region, Valencia, and tropical countries, which varies throughout the seasons, and where there is also an interesting collection of contemporary sculptures in the Paseo del Arte. In the Umbracle visitors can also stroll while learning astronomy in the interesting ‘Jardín de la Astronomía‘ .
Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe
This is the great museum of the 21st century, which raises awareness in an educational, interactive and entertaining way regarding everything to do with the evolution of life, science and technology. In the spectacular building designed by Santiago Calatrava, visitors can enjoy more than 26,000 m2 of exhibits related to current science and technology.
This is the largest room in Spain that houses three projection systems onto a concave screen of 900 square meters, Dome IMAX format, digital display.
For more information please go to www.cac.es