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Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura

Calle de Luis Moya Blanco 261, 33203 Gijon, Spain
902 306 600
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Ranked #3 of 20 attractions in Gijon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Convention Centers
Owner description: Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura es el resultado de un proyecto de transformacion que el Gobierno del Principado de Asturias acometio en 2001 con el fin... more » Owner description: Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura es el resultado de un proyecto de transformacion que el Gobierno del Principado de Asturias acometio en 2001 con el fin de dar nueva vida al edificio de la antigua Universidad Laboral de Gijon.El proyecto vio la luz en marzo de 2007: nacia Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura, una ciudad cultural del siglo XXI, abierta plural, en la que hay espacio para todo tipo de espectaculos y propuestas de ocio.La sede de Radiotelevision del Principado de Asturias en el antiguo Convento de las Clarisas, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial, el Centro Integrado de Formacion Profesional, el Patio Corintio que alberga la Tienda, la Torre, la Escuela de Arte Dramatico y Profesional de Danza, la Iglesia, el Cafe, el Teatro, el Paraninfo y la Facultad de Comercio, Turismo y Ciencias Sociales "Jovellanos", son algunos de los espacios que tienen su sede en la Ciudad de la Cultura.La tarea de recuperacion del monumental edificio con nuevos usos relacionados con la cultura, la formacion y la creacion, aun esta en marcha, en un apasionante proceso que no cesa y en el que nuevos espacios se iran sumando de forma paulatina hasta completar una ciudad singular.Laboral City of Culture is the result of a transformation project the Government of the Principality of Asturias undertook in 2001 in order to give new life to the building of the old Laboral University of Gijon.The project became a reality in March 2007: it was the birth of La Laboral City of Culture, an open and plural 21st Century cultural city, offering space for all kinds of shows and leisure proposals.The headquarters of the Principality of Asturias Broadcasting Corporation in the old Convent of Clarissa nuns, LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Centre, the Integrated Professional Training Centre, the Corinthian Patio housing the Shop, the Tower, the College of Dramatic Art and Professional Dance, the Church, the Cafe, the Theatre, the Auditorium and the Jovellanos University College, are some of the spaces with their headquarters in the City of Culture.The task of recovering the monumental building with new uses related to culture, training and creation, is still underway in a thrilling non-stop process, which will gradually add new spaces up until the completion of this singular city. « less
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Harrogate, North Yorkshire
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30 reviews 30 reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

You shouldn't miss a short visit to this group of intriguing buildings on the edge of town. Franco built the complex for the orphans of miners as a vocational training centre and it is impressive in scale and ambition. The symbology of that regime can still be seen in this neo-classical, frankly Disney-esque, oddity. After some years of neglect the... More

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Recrea P, Director Comercial at Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your oppinion. The City of Culture has a Visitors’ Reception Centre located at the entrance to the building, which also serves as a shop and information point, as well as being the starting point for guided tours. The guided tours around La Laboral shed light on its architecture, history and current uses, and also include... More

Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We attended a business conference here. The buildings are interesting and it's worth a look - the view from the gardens is lovely and we enjoyed lounging there watching the world over lunch breaks.

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Recrea P, Director Comercial at Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your opinion, Laboral Culture City is an environment open to everything that happens in the worlds of art, research and new tecnologies. But Laboral also offers its facilities to companies. The many halls and spaces in this monumental building will meet the needs of anyone who wishes to take advantage on this very special environment.... More

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I attended a conference here, but I would recommend a visit just see the place. It is apparently a Franco era edifice that looks like cross between a military complex, an overgrown monastery, and a prison. The architecture is pseudo baroque. But it's such a weird hodgepodge, that it's worth seeing. As a convention center, it's quite pleasant with a... More

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Austin, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I attended a conference here. Nice spaces, dramatic setting. Food from the cafeteria was hit or miss, but very convenient.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Out of town but well worth the bus ride. The tower is well worth going up but don't go too late as the stop it a bit before closing time

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London
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72 reviews 72 reviews
27 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

When we visited by chance, we were amazed at what we might have missed had we not taken the time and trouble to look. While visiting some nearby gardens we saw an intriguing church spire through the trees and went to investigate. We were stunned by an the amazing size and scale of the architecture of the church and the... More

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Slupsk, Poland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Amazing place, I was really shocked when I walked in. It is really stunning. I recommend it to everyone fond of new great places.

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Caracas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

Great architecture and beautiful gardens. Worth a visit, but would recommend some background reading (preferably before) to understand what it really is.

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Bucharest, Romania
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117 reviews 117 reviews
59 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

An interesting way in which the Spaniards were able to combine history, art, culture, education. I was interested in the training. And much to see. Interesting and the tourist.

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Gijon, Spain
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

The huge volume and stunning architecture of an ideal city, built in Franco´s time but devoted to thecnical training for 50 years has become a multimedia complex including a contemporary art center (LABoral, www.laboralcentrodearte.org ), a tv-radio network, a performance center, a theatre, a few University compounds, a music school, cafes, etc. Compulsory for visitors interested in architecture and contemporary... More

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