The City of Arts and Sciences is a unique complex of constructions in the avant-garde architectural style of Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela along the former bed of the River Turia in Valencia, Spain. The complex is devoted to scientific and cultural dissemination and is comprised of six main constructions: the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and digital projections), the Umbracle (a landscaped vantage point and car park), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (an innovative centre of interactive science), the Oceanográfico (the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species), the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (which takes care of the operatic programme) and the Ágora (a multifunctional plaza).
The digital projections and the large-format films at the Hemisfèric, the interactive exhibitions at the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, and the bioeducational exhibitions of the Oceanográfico combine to make up an outstanding interrelated offer which aims to satisfy the curiosity and the need for entertainment of the visitor. Moreover, the City of Arts and Sciences also bridges the widely admired Mediterranean blue and white tradition of sea and light with the avant-garde architecture of Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. Their bold strokes identify the capital of the Turia of the 21st century, which is the futuristic image that symbolises the new Valencia: a modern city within the age-old city which millions visit every year to enjoy its culture, nature, art, and science. Source: Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias