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Discover Palau de les Arts

one of the main badges of Santiago Calatrava's project.

After the inauguration of the Hemisfèric in 1998, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and the Umbracle in 2000, and the opening to the public of the Oceanográfico in 2003, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía completes the artistic facet of the Generalitat’s firm bid for culture in its broadest sense together with science, technology, and nature.

It was inaugurated in 2005 and is equipped with the most modern technologies to constitute an avant-garde and modern space, which is the cultural catalyst that has placed the Region of Valencia, with its centenary musical tradition, in a privileged position among all other world regions.

This majestic building, designed by the Valencia architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, means that both the city and the Region of Valencia have the best infrastructure available in order to participate on international circuits, especially those of opera and major musical shows.

Surrounded by a green landscaped area of 87,000 square metres and expanses of water of over 10,000 square metres with surrounding walkways, the Palau de les Arts has 4 main halls:

  • The Main Hall, which can hold over 1,400 people, has been conceived essentially as an operatic venue but can also be converted into a stage for ballet and other scenic arts.
  • The Master Classroom. It has a seating capacity of 400 and is located in the east side of the building; it has been specially designed for live shows by small music groups.
  • Auditorium, with a seating capacity of over 1,400
  • The Martín y Soler Theatre. Located in the Applied Arts building adjacent to the Palau, with a seating capacity of 400, it is near where the Improvement Academy will be placed.

The building also includes installations for teaching activities and other events closely related to artistic and cultural spheres.

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