Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts Valencia Spain

By Joan Carroll


The Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts in Valencia Spain is an opera house and cultural centre in Valencia, Spain. It was the final structure built of a grand City of Arts and Sciences concept designed by the internationally known architect Santiago Calatrava and opened in 2005. The entire complex is the most important modern tourist destination in Valencia and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. From a photographer’s point of view it is a treasure, similar to other architectural designs by Santiago Calatrava (e.g., Milwaukee Art Museum, Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Barcelona’s Olympic Park Communications Tower). It is stunningly beautiful by day or night! The City of Arts and Sciences is situated at the end of the former riverbed of the river Turia, which was drained and rerouted after a catastrophic flood in 1957. The old riverbed was turned into a picturesque sunken park and the water features of the City of Arts and Sciences are meant to bring water back to the area. see less

The Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts in Valencia Spain is an opera house and cultural centre in Valencia, Spain. It was the final structure built of a grand City of Arts an… see more

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