Valencia is one of Spain’s cities which puts a great deal of stock in their cultural inheritances and have taken a great deal of effort to celebrate their culture and preserve the great places with which formed their colorful history and past. Valencia was once an industrial city, but luckily for the people in the world who haven’t seen a glimpse of its beauty yet, the city’s government sought to improve its cultural and tourism possibilities in the 1990’s, making it one of Spain’s most-visited cities these days.
Surely, the restoration of old landmarks, like the Towers of the medieval city, Serrano Towers and Quart towers, the monasteries of San Miguel De Los Reyes, and the whole Malvarossa beaches, was worth the time and effort, since it celebrates the rich culture of Valencia, and enchants tourists to come and take part of the city’s colorful past.
Here are some of the great cultural centers in Valencia, which are must-sees for people who travel to Valencia, who are contemplating on going to this great city:
Valencia Town Center
Valencia Town Center is the city’s leading cultural center located next to the beautiful and vast Mediterranean sea. This old, historic center is the life hub of many of the city’s natives, the people, the Valencianos, and no wonder! The town center is rife with many gothic, baroque, and some modernist monuments that detail the excellent history of the city. Along with the many art galleries and museums strewn across the area, this town center is a must-see if you want to experience Valencia in all its glory.
A few clicks away from Valencia Town Center, is the city’s upmarket, Colon, which is also a great place to do shopping. Traveling from one point to the next is not much hassle, with the tram, bus, or metro available at your beck and call to take you to your next destinations.
Convent of Carmen: Barrio Del Carmen
The Convent of Carmen, now more popularly known as the “Center of Carmen,” is another one of the Cultural Centers of Valencia. This historic land mark is now tied up with the Bellas Artes Museum de Valencia, and is a lovely, old cultural center and museum that was built in the old Convent of Carmen, and temporarily houses some exhibits that are open to the public.
This convent was built around 1238 and was sanctified more than a century later, in 1343. It is located in the exquisite little town of Barrio del Carmen, standing opposite the old Church of Carmen.
It was only after the 1960s, when the old convent was developed into the school, that developers saw its potential of being a cultural center of Valencia, and developed it into a major arts and cultures center in the city.
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
(Address: Avenida del Profesor Lopez Piñero, 1, 46006 / Phone: +34 961 97 58 00)
Translated in English as Reina (Queen) Sofía Palace of the Arts, this opera house and cultural center opened on October 8, 2005. Its first opera staging was in 2006 featuring Beethoven’s Fidelio. This structure was built under the design of architect Santiago Calatrava; its construction began in 1995. With 14 stories, it makes it the world’s tallest opera house. The main hall of this opera house can accommodate up to 1,700 people; it primarily functions for opera but can also be converted for other performing arts.