Cities in Spain: Valencia
Since this is the city and turns into the fact that it is now – the richest port and a shopping center with an amazing combination of Mauritanian and Christian architecture, whose bankers led Columbus in his great swimming, the printers did the first books of Europe, and poets and architects were famous for all Spain. This is the city of the Latest Inquisition (the last act was published and implemented as much as in 1826!), the capital of the republic during the period of the Civil War (in retaliation for this franco even forbade Valencian language), Saint Grail’s refinement (or rather, the artifact, which is honored for it), the venue of amazing on the beauty and scope of the Physic. Therefore, it is not surprising that, in popularity among tourists, Valencia is not at all inferior to Madrid or Barcelona, and in the number of visits, even surpasses them – the beach area of the region is considered one of the best in the country.
The oldest part of the city is almost completely surrounded by the loop of the Rio Tourway River, which, after removing it from the city in 1956, turned into a large landscape park. Ancient stone bridges are left as monuments, and the former channel turned into pedestrian walkways and football sites. Ultramodern www.CAC.es Palace of Arts (La Ciudad de Las Artes Y Ciencias), also built in the former river line, is the largest cultural complex in Europe and the most expensive construction object, which ever was built in Valencia. Now in this huge complex, consisting of four futuristic buildings developed by the local architect Santiago Kalatrava, the concerts of the best musicians of the world, as well as numerous exhibitions and presentations.
A distinctive feature of Valencian architecture is an abundance of complex baroque facades that can be seen literally at every step. But the best sample of this style is the finish of the palace Marquez de Dos Aquas Works and Robira (XVIII in.). Now in this building there is a National Museum of Ceramics with an extensive assembly of clay products from all of Spain (Valencia itself was the main center of this fishery in the Middle Ages, not least due to the same Mauritanian heritage). Nearby are church San Juan de Los Cruz (San Andres, XVII-XVIII centuries.), Neoclassical complex of the Old University with excellent monasteries, in which classic concerts are currently held, as well as a beautiful Renaissance college Colekhio del Patriarch, in which there is a small art museum. Interesting monumental Square Ayuntamento With the buildings of the municipality, the northern station and the main post office, as well as with pedestrian zones, weighing banks, shops and cafes. The historic municipal museum is located here.
The city has retained wonderful architectural monuments, among which the bell tower Migelet Cathedral, Famous towers Serranos, Quart And others, and the tribunal of De Las Akvas is famous for its architecture and rituals. On Thursdays at noon, there is a weekly meeting of the court of elders – Water Tribunal, which is considered the most ancient body of democratic self-government in Europe and one of the most picturesque spectacles in Spain. From the Square of De La Virch, Kabalteros Street leads to the Majestic Gothic Palace of De La Helylitat (XV in.), in which the government of the autonomy is now sitting.
The center of the ancient Roman city spread the north-west – the de la Reina area, decorated with the spire of church Santa Catalina and the octagonal tower of Cathedral Cathedral (XIII-XVI centuries., Here is the famous agitate bowl of Santo-Calice, which, as Jesus Christ, was used on a secret evening, and therefore, often called the sacred gravity). The Cathedral Museum contains a large collection of paintings and also a tent of gold, silver and jewels donated to residents of the city (tent mass – more than 2.3 tons). Two pedestrian bridges connect the Cathedral with the Archbishop Palace and the dome-shaped Basilica of Nourera-Senora de Los Desamparados on the Square of De La Virch, where thousands of candles are constantly burning in front of the Saint Valencia.
Gloomy interior of the Gothic Exchange of La Lonch (Lonha de la Seda, XVI-XVII centuries.) List of UNESCO World Heritage Site Thanks to the unique main hall with an elegant ceiling, supported by slender spiral collens. On the contrary, there is a huge market of Mercado-Central, built in 1928 from glass and steel using the most beautiful mosaics. This is one of the largest markets in Europe, which sells gifts of Valencian fields, gardens and the sea. Approximately in a kilometer southeast lies another famous city market – recently renovated Mercado-Colon, made in an amazingly beautiful version of Modern style (Architect Francisco Mora was a close friend Antonio Gaudi).
The Museum of Fine Arts Valencia has one of the best artistic assemblies in Spain. Around him spread the largest of the parks of the city – Hardine-del Real (Viveos) with a small zoo and exhibition sites. Nearby you can find an impressive medieval gate Torres-Serranos, once defended the city from the river. Just a few minutes walk to the east, the complex of the Institute of Contemporary Art of Valencia (IVAM) with a large number of galleries and expositions. Nearby is the Fallero Museum (Fiesta Museum), dedicated to the famous Valencia fiery celebrations and their indispensable participants – the famous Dolls "Nino", or "Ningot" (puppets dolls, with which the main actions are played "Fallas"). The Museum of Science has extensive collections dedicated not only to scientific developments, but also history, sports, anatomy and other educational aspects. Nearby is a similar eye Complex Embiferic ("Hemisphere") with an ultra-modern Cinema IMAX, and a little south – an oceanographic park, considered one of the largest aquariums in the world.
Valencia is known and as one of the best nightlife centers in Spain, deserve even the title Vivir Sin Dormir ("Living without sleep"). In addition to hundreds of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and cafes, the reputation of the entertainment center complements numerous holidays, considered one of the most noisy and colorful in the country. And Samoa "atmospheric" The region is considered the Labyrinth of the streets of the old Del Carmen and the picturesque squares adjacent to him.
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