In 1957 the Turia river swelled, overflowed its banks and devastated the city of Valencia. Inspired by this catastrophe, officials started a project to divert the river to an area south of the city. In 1973 the project was completed and the drying water bed of the Turia became valuable real estate. Today the dry riverbed of the Turia Rio holds botanical gardens, theaters, art, a science museum and the largest Aquarium in Europe.
Above photo - The Turia riverbed near the
educational complex in Valencia's splendid 'Ciutat de laes Arts i de les Ciencies' (City of Arts and Sciences).
All the photos on this page were taken near the Ciutat de laes Arts i de les Ciencies. We had wanted to explore the Botanical Gardens and other areas of the riverbed but due to limited time we were not able to.
Above photo - a little water still flows through the riverbed.
Photo right (taken by Allison VanNocker) - the sculpture park in the dry Turia riverbed.