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“What a building”

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Its sweeping architectural style, complex engineering, and state of the art technology are just some features of what makes this 21st Century artistic space stand out in its mission to enhance art and culture while bringing them closer to the public. The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, a majestic structure designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, should be seen as an impressive monument, a vast sculpture with great symbolic meaning. Since opening on 8th October 2005, the building has become an international point of reference synonymous with the Comunitat Valenciana. This stunning building, which measures more than 40,000 square meters in size, has four distinct venues for opera, dance performances, recitals and theatre productions. INFORMATION AND PROCEDURE SCHEDULE -General Guided tours: Monday through Saturday: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm // 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Sunday: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. * July and August from Monday to Sunday: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm // 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. * Guided Tours every hour. Last visit begins 1 hour before closing time. The visit lasts 1 HOUR. LANGUAGES: English and Spanish. Please, ask information about other languages. VISIT ACCESS: Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. TICKET PRICE Adult 10,60 €, Reduced 8,10 € Palau Subscribers 5,90 €, Rehearsal Visit 15€, Rehearsal Visit Palau Subscribe 12€. DURATION OF VISITS 50 minutes approximately.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Didn't get in to have a look, but what a building. Maybe my favourite building on the whole arts & science site. Happy it still looks as sharp as it did 6+ years ago.

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Reviewed 17 August 2013

For those who believe concrete buildings are dull then see this and you will just have to change your mind. This architect is something else. I doubt that there is anything else in the world like it.

This should be a compulsory visit for any serious building professional.

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Reviewed 23 July 2013

Before come here never thought Valencia can offer Barcelona kind of architecture delight experience. When you are here and saw the complex of buildings (no just one), but one row of integrated futurist buildings in front of you, that kind of wow is out from normal expression.

I do not know how much the city spend for it, but it did leave the positive impression.

I called it Valencian Opera House. if you feel Sydney Opera House, Oslo Opera House leave it the impact, should not miss this.

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Reviewed 18 June 2013

Really appreciated great works and creative design of buildings and their surroundings. Strongly advised to especially architects and all who related building affairs.

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Reviewed 11 June 2013

It is obvious that this structure is something out of this world but still invoking various images such as the helmet of antiquated Roman soldiery, the spine cord of a leaping reptilian, and above all, an overall sense of god-like head in full armory. With the nearby unblinking eye of the Hemisphere half immersed in the water, the whole cluster has a powerful and eerie beauty. Photographs do not often do its justice -- in the size of a photo, everything looks like an amusement park.

My recommendation is: go to see it, to feel the immensity of its hight and weight, and then to appreciate the leaping-to-air lightness made in thousands of tons of steels and concrete.

For those who are more engineering in mind, it is worthwhile to pay 8 euro for a quick guided tour. The guide speaks English, very calm and knowledgable, although it is a bit shorter in duration than I expected.

The building also shows some wear and tear that are not timely patched up given the financial distress in this country. But the mirroring pools around the cluster is still clear and clean, even though there is no lighting at night to appreciate its lit glory against the velvety sky. But it is evidence that this park can be made-over quickly into its original magic self.

The best time to see the cluster outside is sunset. Due to the brilliant sun light in this part of the world, midday strolling is perhaps best at the lower level in the shaded long corridors.

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