The Palau of the Arts Reina Sofia or Opera Valencia ( in Valencian) is a building of the entire City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia by the famous Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava in 2004, making it the fifth building in the city. He was inaugurated on 9 October 2005, the day of the Communidad Valenciana.
The Palau of the Arts Reina Sofia is part of the architecture of the whole City of Arts and Sciences in the southeast of Valencia, Spain's third city by its population. It is located on the old Turia riverbed, forming a veritable "green corridor", now dried up because of the risk of flooding, the river Turia had been diverted south of the city. It is the westernmost and northernmost building of the city.
It's a huge building futuristic and quite amazing by its shape similar to a boat. Moreover its height and extent surprising: 75 meters high and about 40 000 m² of surface. It was designed by stacking volumes protected by a large white envelope shaped shell. Also, a huge metal pen overlooks the Palace, run by a pillar of reinforced concrete.
The palace is surrounded by 60 000 m² of gardens, 11 000 m2 of pools and fountains like the other buildings of the city.