Queen Sofia Palace of Arts – City of Arts and Sciences

Queen Sofia Palace of Arts – City of Arts and Sciences

The City of Arts and Sciences (Valencia – Spain) is a cultural and leisure architectural complex.

The complex was designed by the Architect Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela, together with the engineers responsible for the structural design of the roofs of the “Oceanogràfic”, Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lázaro. It was inaugurated on th1 16th April of 1998 with the opening of the “Hemisféric”.  The last major component of the City is the “Ágora”, located between the Bridge of the Assut de l’Or and the “Oceanogràfic”.

The City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia is a unique group dedicated to scientific and cultural dissemination, which is made up of six major elements:

  • The “Hemisfèric” (IMAX cinema and digital projections)
  • The “Umbracle” (landscaped viewing platform and parking)
  • The “Príncipe Felipe Science Museum” (innovative interactive science center)
  • The “Oceanogràfic” (the largest aquarium of Europe with more than 500 marine species)
  • The “Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía” (dedicated to the opera)
  • The “Ágora” which provides the complex with a multifunctional space

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