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The old Turia river bed

At one time, a wide and powerful river bisected the city in the same manner as the Thames

separates the two sections of London. The river Turia, which starts way up in the surrounding mountains, ran in the middle of the city and out towards the sea, but in the mid 50's a horrendous storm and high tide saw the river burst its banks, and it flooded the centre of Valencia to a depth of two metres. A plan was created during the massive clean-up afterwards to divert the river from its present course and so it was re-routed elsewhere, to ensure that this kind of flooding never happened again. The upside is that this project created a beautiful park right in the centre of the city. Read more:
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