Walking Valencia in the “Sunshine of the Night”…

(Ayuntamiento de Valencia, photo by FBC, C.2019 All Rights Reserved, Derechos Reservados)

Valencia is the third city in Spain…it is a port city in the southeast coast of the Iberian peninsula…almost 800.000 souls live in this city…it was founded by the Romans in 132 B. C. and was named Valentia Edetanorum…in the year A. D. 711 the Muslims conquered the city and in 1238, King Jaume I of Aragon reconquered the city. Pope Gregory IX gave the reconquest the status of a cruzade and King Jaume was known as a Catholic King.

The “Kingdom of Valencia”, was established in 1238 by Jaume I as a part of the Crown of Aragon. Phillip V of Spain dissolved the kingdom in 1707.

El Cid, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, born 1043, died 10 July 1099, ruled Valencia from 1094 until his death in 1099. His wife, Jimena Diaz ruled after him. It is possible that El Cid died during the siege of Valencia by the Almoravids. By 1102 they had taken the city. Jimena left the city in 1101 and took the body of El Cid to be re-buried in the Burgos Cathedral. Babieca, his warhorse was buried with him.

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The Coat of Arms of the Aragonese Monarchs marked the time when the city became, once again a Christian city and a future part of the Kingdom of Spain.

Valencia has a long history and beautiful places…

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Los Ángulos de Valencia



Soñé que me acercaba sin llegar,

andando por la recta…

El ángulo me espera,

ya que sabe,

que al andar por esta calle

a su sombra llegaré…


Hoy paseando por Valencia me fijé en los tantos lugares donde se forman las formas y los diseños y por doquier estaban los curiosos ángulos…

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City of Arts and Sciences, València…

The complex was created by architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. They worked together with the engineers who designed the structural covers of L’Oceanografic, (the aquarium), Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lázaro. It was inagurated on the 9th of June of 1998 together with the opening of El Hemisférico. The last of the components was the Ágora, which is located between the bridge called l’Assut de l’Or y and l’Oceanogràfic.

The entire complex was built at the end of what once was the River Turia. The entire river was transformed into one of the largest urban parks in Europe. It extends close to seven kilometres and contains beautiful trees, plants, flowers, gardens, bike paths, fountains, football fields, bars, cafes, restaurants and it is the most magnificent place to rest, stroll or exercise in the city.​

The City of Arts and Sciences, received 2,8 million visitors in 2018. The buildings are:


Shaped like a human eye. Contains an IMAX cinema, a planetarium with laser show. Its surface is approximately 13.000 m².

Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe

Sort of resembles the skeleton of a whale…It is an interactive science museum. Occupies approximately 40.000 m².


A garden area with a walkway for strolling and resting containing plants that are autocthonous to the Comunidad Valenciana. It is covered with floating arches from where one can see the entire area of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. It also contains an open air art gallery of sculptures, El Paseo de las Esculturas, which includes sculptures from such contemporary artists as Miquel Navarro, Francesc Abad and Yoko Ono among others.

El Oceanográfico

This is the aquarium, which is the largest in Europe with 110.000 sq. metres and 42 million litres of water. The top, in the form of a water lilly is the work of architect Adrián Peláez Coronado, a native of Valencia. The design of the same was the work of structural engineers Alberto Domingo and  Carlos Lázaro. The principal ecosystems of the world are represented: Mediterranean, Tropical Seas, Antarctic Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Islands and the Red Sea. There is a submarine restaurant whose covers were designed by Félix Candela.

Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía

Contains four large salons: Principal, Magistral, Anfitheatre and Small Theatre. Also an Expositions room. This theatre space is dedicated to Music and the Scenic Arts, Theatre.

El Puente de l’Assut de l’Or

Communicates the southern route with Menorca Street and its pylon, reaching 125 metros in height, is the highest point in the city.

El Ágora

A covered space dedicated to the presentation of concerts and sporting events, like the new grand prix of tennis of the Comunitat de Valencia. From 2020 on it will be the home of the CaixaForum València.​

Certainly a major attraction and a must see…

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