Friday, March 20, 2015

The City of Arts and Sciences, Inside view of Cathedral of Valencia

We had planned to visit La Dehsea Woods but it was 40 degrees and rainy so that was out the picture.  We took the bus back into Valencia and stopped to visit the The City of Arts and Sciences (Valencian: Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències; Spanish: Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias). It is the most important modern tourist destination in the city of Valencia.  It is situated at the end of the former riverbed of the river Turia, which was drained and rerouted after a catastrophic flood in 1957. The old riverbed was turned into a picturesque sunken park. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, the project underwent the first stages of construction in July 1996 and the finished "city" was inaugurated April 16, 1998 with the opening of L'Hemisfèric.

From there we visited the Mecadaro

From the Mercado we went back to the Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia. It was built over the site of the former Visigothic cathedral, which under the Moors had been turned into a mosque.   One of the supposed Holy Chalices in the world is revered in one of this cathedral's chapels; this chalice has been defended as the true Holy Grail; indeed, most Christian historians all over the world declare that all their evidence points to this Valencian chalice as the most likely candidate for being the authentic cup used at the Last Supper

Back in Requena we were informed that the hosts who were away in Madrid had made arrangements for us to have dinner at their favorite restaurant.   It was a short walk from the residence.  We werent sure what to expect but it ended up being one of the best meals of the entire trip.   The restaurant was called  Mesón del Vino.  Lovely interior, with bull's heads and bullfighting memorabilia. Excellent tapas.

The new French Owner showing us the Bull

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