We went on a day trip to Valencia, Spain last week and decided to stop into the City of Arts and Sciences. One of the newest and most original complexes in Spain, the Valencia City of Arts and Sciences is a must see for anyone interested in modern Spanish architecture as well as anyone interested in the history of the city.
As you may or may not be aware, the City of Arts and Sciences was built on the riverbed of what used to be the River Turia. After an horrendous flood in 1957 that killed more than 60 people and flooded much of the city, the city council decided the river should be redirected and what had used to be the river bed should be used for other things. Eventually, a 10 kilometer park complex with playgrounds for the kids, bike paths, event spaces plus the City of Arts and Sciences were built. The area nowadays is one of the prettiest places in Valencia and a huge draw for the locals as well as hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
While we were there, we thought we’d take a few photographs so, if you haven’t been to Valencia yet and are interested in seeing the City of Arts and Sciences, you can see what you’re missing.