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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Valencia, Spain: The City of Arts and Sciences - Page 2

Written by Julian Worker
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A ticket for the Parque Oceanografico costs 27.90 Euros for the day. Visitors

can buy combination tickets that allow you to visit the Science Museum and/or

the Hemisferic too. For example, the entrance price is 8.00 Euros for the

Science Museum, again valid for one day, but a combined ticket for the Science

Museum and Parque Oceanografico is 29.70 for either one or two days, though

you can only visit each one once. 

 

The Parque Oceanografico is only one part of the vast city of Arts and

Sciences. When you are above ground watching the seals or penguins play you

are always aware of the looming L’Agora designed by Santiago Calatrava. This

80-meter high building, shaped like an old Spanish helmet, was finished in 2009

and is only open when it hosts special events such as Fashion Week and the

Valencia Tennis tournament. L’Agora is a bluish purple color and is on the

opposite side of the striking Pont De l’Assut Bridge from the Science Museum.

This is where I visited next but not before having a drink of the local

beverage Horchata. 

 

This drink, which can also be eaten frozen, is made from tiger nuts and is

refreshing on a hot afternoon. I bought mine from a street cart that was

loitering by some tables and chairs under whose parasols people were

congregating in a bid to keep out of the relentless sun. Locals tend to drink

their horchata in the afternoon or early evening as they say it weighs heavily on the stomach for a couple of hours. My horchata was quite sweet, had a pale cream color and had the consistency of weak custard. However, it hit the spot perfectly and feeling refreshed, I walked briskly over to the entrance of the Science Museum past the reflecting pools which mirrored perfectly the shining white Hemispheric and Queen Sofia Arts Center. Somehow, it appeared as though the Arts Center was poised ready to pounce on something; it seemed to be floating above the ground. 

 

The Science Museum has been described as looking like a bleached carcass or

skeleton. This gives a good idea of the large number of supports and beams at

regular intervals along the whole building.  Along the top there are also V

and inverted V shapes that join together to look like the open beaks of very

large nestlings. Everything is bright and white and needs to be viewed through

sunglasses. 

 

Once through the entrance doors the whole of the Science Museum opens up for

the visitor. Escalators up to the three floors of exhibits are on the side of

the building nearer the reflecting pools. The other side is where the café

and cloakrooms are found. Most people admire the vertical supports soaring to

the roof line. 

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