The Souljourner’s Travels: Something Old and Something New in Valencia, Spain – Part 1
Photography by Courtany Schick
València, España, as it is said in Valenciano, is a city that is as captivating as its name sounds. Although Valencian is technically a dialect of Català (Catalan), a language influenced fundamentally by French and Spanish, many people from the region consider it a distinct language. But the spoken language isn’t the only thing that sets Valencia apart.
An architectural marvel of modern day, Valencia’s Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences) speaks to all who visit through a visual language. The symbols, details and designs are futuristic yet primordial, aspirational yet familiar and convey vision and reflection at every turn.
Constructed from the beliefs, beauty and soul of people, architecture and design are mechanisms with the power to communicate culture and connect community. The avant-garde complex, also called the ‘City Within a City’, is a state-of-the-art fantasy world envisioned by the mind of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, costing ~$900 million, nearly three times the initial budget. Alongside Barcelona's Sagrada Familia and Granada's Alhambra, the City of Arts and Sciences is 1 of the 12 Treasures of Spain, energetically imbued with Spanish spirit.