“For architecture, among all the arts, is the one that most boldly tries to reproduce in its rhythm the order of the universe”

This is the bridge across the former river - you can walk across for some cool views
This is the bridge across the former river – you can walk across for some cool views
There are about a dozen of these staircases.
There are about a dozen of these staircases.

We arrived in Valencia, and the first major site we came across was the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences). It’s a series of modern buildings constructed in a diverted riverbed. It includes the opera house, event space, gardens and an IMAX theater. The designs of each building complement one another – similar color schemes, design elements, echoes of water – and all of the buildings are set in shallow water to call back to the origin of the space (the river). Many of the elements also honor the modern designs of Gaudí: mosaics of smashed ceramic, swathes of white, organic shapes. The whole complex cost over €1 billion to build, and it is breathtaking. Each angle presents new shapes and perspectives of the space, and the overall impression is a clean, calm presentation.

Title quote: Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

The Opera House is in the distance
The Opera House is in the distance
The plaza near the gardens has astronomical games you can play... or a giant moon you can pose with.
The plaza near the gardens has astronomical games you can play… or a giant moon you can pose with.
This is the ground floor, below the gardens
This is the ground floor, below the gardens
These alcoves are meant to mimic waves
These alcoves are meant to mimic waves
Panorama of the whole
Panorama of the whole “city”
Cars were randomly parked in the shallow pools outside the event space
Cars were randomly parked in the shallow pools outside the event space
Staircase out of El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe and the L'Hemisfèric with the Opera House in the background
Staircase out of El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe and the L’Hemisfèric with the Opera House in the background
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía or the Opera House
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía or the Opera House
Inside L'Umbracle or the gardens
Inside L’Umbracle or the gardens
View from the edge of the gardens
View from the edge of the gardens
El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe - the design of this building is based on the skeleton of a dinosaur
El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe – the design of this building is based on the skeleton of a dinosaur
Another view from the Opera House
Another view from the Opera House
Closeup of L'Umbracle
Closeup of L’Umbracle
L'Hemisfèric on the right and the L'Umbracle on the left
L’Hemisfèric on the right and the L’Umbracle on the left
Close up of the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe
Close up of the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe
This was my view as I walked across the bridge - my hotel was on the opposite side
This was my view as I walked across the bridge – my hotel was on the opposite side
View from the edge of the gardens
View from the edge of the gardens
The aquarium is down the road, just at the edge of the
The aquarium is down the road, just at the edge of the “city”
The building behind me is event space.
The building behind me is event space.

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