Monday, May 25, 2009

Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts, Valencia, Spain

El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts) is an opera house and cultural centre in Valencia, Spain. The theatre opened on 8 October 2005.

It is the last-completed part of a grand 'City of Arts and Sciences'.

Under the huge curved roof structure, 230 metres in length, the building rises 14 stories plus 3 stories below ground. Its height is 75 meters. The 40,000 sq. meter building contains four auditoriums:

The Sala Principal (Main Hall), which seats 1,700 people, functions primarily for opera, but it can be converted for dance and other performing arts. The Hall has 4 tiers of seating, a stage equipped with all major facilities and an orchestra pit capable of housing 120 musicians, the third largest in the world.

Architect : Santiago Calatrava

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