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ARCHITECTURE | THE TROPICAL GREENHOUSE

This is the most important greenhouse in El Botànic, both in terms of its historical and architectural value. It was raised in the mid 19th century by the Valencian architect Sebastián Monleón, who was also responsible for noteworthy projects like the School of Medicine or the La Nau cloister, the old headquarters of the Universidad de Valencia. Located at the centre of the Garden and facing south, it was the first Spanish construction to be built mainly of wood and glass. In this respect it was also one of the most important in Europe during the second half of the19th century.

The tropical greenhouse is 24 m long with 465 m2 of glass, composed of 5.342 glass pieces that fan out over its arched frame. It rests below on a stone foundation, while the upper part is supported on a thick masonry wall, attached to which the former administration building was built at a later date. Between 1989 and 1991 it was restored, respecting its original design. Moreover, improvements were made to the conditions for growing tropical and moisture-loving plants by installing misting, heating and irrigation systems.