Valencia (Spain)

Valencia on map

Valencia (in Valencian: València) is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia and its province. It is the third largest city in Spain and the 21st largest in the European Union. It forms part of an industrial area on the Costa del Azahar.

The estimated population of the city of Valencia proper was 810,064 as of 2008 official statistics. The population of the metropolitan area was 1,583,331 (865 km²). Including the satellite urban area of Sagunto, the total population of the extended region was 1,705,742 (1,161 km²). As of 2007, the mayor of Valencia is Rita Barberá Nolla.

Its main festival, the Fallas (Falles in Valencian), has a reputation throughout Spain, while the world famous Spanish dish paella originated around Valencia.

The city contains a dense monumental heritage (including the Lonja de la Seda (World Heritage Site since 1996), but its landmark is undoubtedly the City of Arts and Sciences an avant-garde and futuristic museum complex.

The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (in Valencian), Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (in Spanish) or City of Arts and Sciences is an ensemble of five areas in the dry riverbed of the now-diverted River Turia in Valencia, Spain.

Designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava in collaboration with Félix Candela, and started in July 1996, it is an impressive example of contemporary architecture.

he „city” is made up of the following, usually known by their Valencian names:

Official website: http://www.cac.es/

Source: Wikipedia

Valencia city tour bus

Valencia city tour bus

. The mock-up of the Cathedral of Valencia (Metropolitan Basilica Cathedral) or Saint Mary of Valencia Cathedral. Most of Valencia Cathedral was built between the XIIIth century and the XVth, and that is why its style is mainly Gothic. One of the supposed Holy Chalices, present around the world, is revered in one of this cathedral's chapels; this chalice has been defended as the true Holy Grail; indeed, most Christian historians all over the world declare that all their evidence points to this Valencian chalice as the most likely candidate for being the authentic cup used at the Last Supper. It was the official papal chalice for many popes, and has been used by many others, most recently by Pope Benedict XVI, on July 9, 2006.[2]. This chalice dates from the 1st century, and was given to the cathedral by king Alfons el Magnànim in 1436.

The mock-up of the Cathedral of Valencia (Metropolitan Basilica Cathedral) or Saint Mary of Valencia Cathedral. Most of Valencia Cathedral was built between the XIIIth century and the XVth, and that is why its style is mainly Gothic. One of the supposed Holy Chalices, present around the world, is revered in one of this cathedral's chapels; this chalice has been defended as the true Holy Grail; indeed, most Christian historians all over the world declare that all their evidence points to this Valencian chalice as the most likely candidate for being the authentic cup used at the Last Supper. It was the official papal chalice for many popes, and has been used by many others, most recently by Pope Benedict XVI, on July 9, 2006. This chalice dates from the 1st century, and was given to the cathedral by king Alfons el Magnànim in 1436.

Other cathedral near to the Turia river

Other cathedral near to the Turia river

Alameda Bridge constructed by Santiago Calatrava

Alameda Bridge constructed by Santiago Calatrava

The park of Turia (garden)

The park of Turia (garden)

A panel at one of the entrances into the park

A panel at one of the entrances into the park

Dolphin

Dolphin

Penguins

Penguins

Shark in the Ocean zone of the complex

Shark in the Ocean zone of the complex

Temperate and Tropical zone

Temperate and Tropical zone

Temperate and Tropical

Temperate and Tropical

The entrance into the tunel from Temperate and Tropical zone

The entrance into the tunel from Temperate and Tropical zone

Jellyfishes (jellies or sea jellies)

Jellyfishes (jellies or sea jellies)

Other tunel

Other tunel

Panel guide

Panel guide

Stingray

Stingray

Fishes into the Temperate and Tropical zone

Fishes into the Temperate and Tropical zone

Ficus (fig)

Ficus (fig)

Under a bridge in the Turia park

Under a bridge in the Turia park

The artificial lake in the centre of the City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

The artificial lake in the centre of the City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)

L'Oceanogràfic — Open-air oceanographic park (entrance). Here you can see the prices of tickets: http://www.cac.es/cac/informacion/tarifas)

L'Oceanogràfic — Open-air oceanographic park (entrance). Here you can see the prices of tickets: http://www.cac.es/cac/informacion/tarifas

The tribune from the Dolphinarium (L'Oceanogràfic)

The tribune from the Dolphinarium (L'Oceanogràfic)

The Dolphinarium (L'Oceanogràfic)

The Dolphinarium (L'Oceanogràfic)

A small shark

A small shark

"Wetlands" zone

"Wetlands" zone

Turtle in the "Wetlands"

Turtle in the "Wetlands"

I think this is a spoonbill or egret...

I think this is a spoonbill or egret...

Pink spoonbills :)

Pink spoonbills🙂

The dome with birds from Wetlands

The dome with birds, fishes and turtles from Wetlands

Some nice palm trees

Some nice palm trees

Vending machines

Vending machines

A map with L'Oceanogràfic

A map with L'Oceanogràfic

In the left part is a good restaurant

In the left part is a good restaurant

El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe — Science museum

El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe — Science museum

Nice arhitecture

Nice arhitecture

The Devil...

The Devil is with us🙂

The Music Palace (Palau De La Música)

The Music Palace (Palau De La Música)

Simply beautiful !

Simply beautiful !

A map at Valencia Metro (metrovalencia)

A map at Valencia Metro (metrovalencia)

Alameda subway station

Alameda subway station

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