Monday, 17 September 2007

Valencia: Palau des Les Arts Reina Sofia

The Palau des Les Arts Reina Sofia (the opera) seen behind the "hemisferico"

In Valencia the opera season hasn´t started yet. All you can do at this time a year is take a walk around the opera "Palau de les arts Reina Sofia" which is absolutely stunning.

Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and inaugurated in 2005, it is set within a Calatrava-designed "city of art and sciences" in the middle of an 8 km dried-up riverbed, which now is redesigned into park running from the north to the south of Valencia City Center.

The contrast with the Valencia sky-line:

And with a highway just outside the back entrance:

Looking at the front entrance:

And the umbraculo (a sort of garden set within concrete arches) next door:

Walking through the dried-up riverbed-park to the opera:

And looking down from the Opera at the hemisferico, home of a cinema:

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