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14 historic bridges cross the Turia River

14 historic bridges cross the Turia River

Taking a walk along the old Turia riverbed crosses the city from east to west and allows you to enjoy bridges ranging from the 14th to 21st century. The route begins at IVAM with the Pont de les Arts (Bridge of the Arts), which has a track for athletics underneath it. Next up is the San José bridge, the oldest in the city dating from the 14th century but rebuilt during the 17th century to the damage caused by the 1517 flood. The Puente de Serranos, with one end leading to the Torres de Serrano, was built over nine arches dating from 1518. Alongside it is La Pasarela, which travellers used to cross over the river to get to the old train station. Further along the Gothic style comes into play at the Puente de la Trinidad and Puente del Real, both sporting baroque sculptures. Continuing on brings us to one of the three most avant-garde bridges in the city, the Puente de la Exposición, a work by Santiago Calatrava who also designed the Metro stop found underneath it. The eighth bridge, another Calatrava work, is the most striking for the over 27,000 flowers that adorn it depending on the season. Close to it is the Puente del Mar, built in 1591 and a pedestrian walkway since 1933, when the Puente de Aragón was built, the only art deco bridge in Valencia with sculptures by José Terencio Farré. Engineer Arturo Piero designed the Puente Ángel Custodio (Guardian Angel bridge) saluting the old patron saint of the city. It is followed by the Puente del Regne which houses four enormous gargoyles and is the largest bridge in the city. Next comes the Puente de Monteolivete, integrated into the City of Arts and Sciences with L´Hemisferic on the left and the Palau de les Arts to its right. After the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the bridge designed by Valencia native Calatrava, the L'Assud d'Or bridge, which has a pole 125 metres high.