Picture of the Day: The Umbracle in Valencia, Spain
THE UMBRACLE IN VALENCIA, SPAIN
L’Umbracle, part of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences) complex in Valencia, Spain, is a landscaped walk with plant species indigenous to Valencia (such as rockrose, lentisca, romero, lavender, honeysuckle, bougainvillea, palm tree).
The Umbracle is home to numerous sculptures surrounded by nature and was designed as an entrance to the City of Arts and Sciences. Located on the southern side of the complex, it is 320 meters (1,050 ft) long and 60 meters (197 ft) wide. There are 55 fixed arches and 54 floating arches that stand 18 meters (59 ft) high. The garden consists of 99 palm trees, 78 small palm trees, 62 bitter orange trees, 42 varieties of shrubs, 450 climbing plants and 5,500 carpet plants. [Source: Wikipedia]