An architectural marvel in Valencia

The City of Arts and Sciences is a string of stunning architectural jewels in the centre of the Spanish city of Valencia. Designed by Santiago Calatrava (one of my favourite architects) and Félix Candela, the City of Arts and Sciences is a modern cultural and entertainment complex built on the old riverbed of the Turia river. The complex is composed of a series of buildings, pools and elevated walkways. The striking white façades of the buildings form a striking contrast to the cool blue pools and the often cloudless azure blue Valencian sky. Of the series of buildings, my absolute favourite is the El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía with its futuristic fish-like mouth. If you don’t have the time to visit one of the exhibits or attend a concert in the buildings, a stroll around the complex is more than worthwhile and affords many excellent photo opportunities.

The City of Arts and Sciences truly is a magnificent architectural marvel, one which cannot be missed if you’re visiting Valencia. Please scroll down to view some of the many photos I took during my tour of this awesome complex.

Photos of the City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe

El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe


El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía

City of Arts and Sciences Valencia

By night

El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe by night

L’Assut de L’Or bridge & a L’Oceanogràfic by night

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22 Responses to “An architectural marvel in Valencia”

  1. velvet 10/03/2011 12:39 pm

    Thanks Mark. The City of Arts & Sciences is an absolute highlight of Valencia, but so are the beaches, the festivals, the old town and the FOOD! 🙂


  2. Mark 10/03/2011 8:33 am

    Great post Keith! I was in Valencia several years ago during their annual “Las Fallas” festival and was blown away by the city. Too bad I was only there for a couple of days…by the looks of things, I missed a whole lot. Oh well, gotta make it back there soon! 🙂

  3. Norbert 30/09/2010 5:45 pm

    Really cool pictures! I love this complex. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava, one of my favorite architects. And Valencia is a beautiful city on itself.

  4. Traveling Teri 04/08/2010 5:56 pm

    Breath taking photos!

  5. DIEGO 22/07/2010 10:14 pm

    YES … thrilled this post was featured in ’s promo video. So cool!

  6. velvet 22/07/2010 5:04 pm

    Thanks Clare! Absolutely thrilled this post was featured in ‘s promo video. So cool! 🙂

  7. Clare Appleyard 22/07/2010 3:26 pm

    Damn fine pictures Mr Jenkins!

  8. Kirsten Alana 14/07/2010 1:27 am

    I’ve heard about this place, and have seen a few images. But these photographs REALLY wet my appetite and now I want to go there even more! I planned to just see Barcelona when I am in Spain in the Spring, but I will have to add Valencia. Thanks for writing about the City of Arts and Sciences!

  9. Cam 05/07/2010 11:05 pm

    Very cool! I’m always amazed at how people come up with these ideas before construction. The reflections on the water really add to the appeal.

  10. DIEGO 05/07/2010 8:25 pm



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