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Cidade da Cultura de Galicia

Monte Gaias, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Owner description: Cidade da Cultura de Galicia ( Ciudad de la cultura -en castellano ) es un complejo arquitectonico, cultural y entretenimiento, su construcion comenzo... more » Owner description: Cidade da Cultura de Galicia ( Ciudad de la cultura -en castellano ) es un complejo arquitectonico, cultural y entretenimiento, su construcion comenzo en 2001 y ocupa una superficie de 141.800 metros cuadrados.En enero de 2011 fueron inaugurados la biblioteca y el achivo , tanbien estan terminadas las torres heyduk, « less
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Forres
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

If this had been built near a new town, like Milton Keynes or something, it would have fitted right in. But here, in the centre of cultural Spain with its Baroque and Romanesque architecture and beautiful countryside, it is nothing more than an incongruous blot on the landscape. Expensive to build, unfinished and with limited attractions, the locals regard it... More

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Pueblo
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We had a car and eventually found our way to this extraordinary group of buildings, designed and built by the American architect Peter Eisenman. We had not heard very much about it prior to our trip to Spain, and had no expectations. It is on a hillside very close to Santiago, and is completely stunning in all ways. The buildings,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This building is stunning, shaped like the mountains. Only the library was open when we visited but that is also lovely on the inside, if lacking in books. I would like to return to see some cultural events there,

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La Paz, Bolivia
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178 attraction reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

This landmark project was the legacy of Manuel Fraga, a controversial figure in Spanish politics; he was part of General Franco government but was clever enough to embrace democracy and survive (as no one else could) decades of political changes. The Cultural Center is a huge architectural challenge; although two of the six structures are yet to be built, the... More

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Motherlode, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

The buildings are very interesting with their contours that match the hills of Santiago. it was closed the day after Easter, but we enjoyed playing on the grounds with a break inside the cafe.

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Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

The product of regional competitiveness (emulating Bilbao's Guggenheim and Oviedo's Calatrava) this building complex is devoid of human scale. Tons and tons of marble and granite in a desolate, sterile environment; located in the periphery of town, away from any urban vitality. It has not been finished yet but visitors go to see it. Worth a visit if you are... More

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Fredrikstad, Norway
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24 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Grandiose ambitions that were not fulfilled when the financial crisis hit. What could have been spectular is now more of an unfinished building site. We walked up and cursed the lack of walkways that should have led straight up instead of circling the hill. A cablecar/lift ("teleférico" ?) from the hill behind the cathedral would have been perfect if they... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

you have to marvel at the scale of this development and the amount of labor that went into the construction. This project began towards the end of an era of silly starchitect projects that speak more to the motives and agenda of the designer and less to the content of the space. I didn't feel it captured Galician culture as... More

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Caernarfon, Wales, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

It's difficult to know what to make of this place. The scale and vision are remarkable. The architecture, unique. The interiors are truly space age and cavernous. It's a pity they decided to import the stone from Brazil and not use the local Galician stone. There must be a reason, probably money. It is well worth a visit just to... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I have just visited this site ( Nov 2012 ) and it's still a building site albeit a fascinating one that I hear has cost over €400m, four times its original budget. A local architect told me it is only occupied at all as local government workers have been shipped in to fill the space. There seems to be no... More

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