Landmarks


Arc del Triomf

The Arc de Triomf (English: Triumphal Arch) is an archway structure in Barcelona , Catalonia. It was built for the 1888 Universal exhibition, as its main access gate by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas. The arch is built in reddish brickwork in the Moorish Revival style. The front frieze contains the stone sculpture 'Barcelona rep les nacions' (Catalan for 'Barcelona welcomes the nations') by Josep Reynés. The opposite frieze contains a stone carving named 'Recompense', a work from the earliest period of Josep Llimona. The arch is located between Passeig de Lluís Companys and Passeig de Sant Joan, at the end of a wide promenade connecting with the Park of the Ciutadella.

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Church of Colonia Güell

The Church of Colonia Güell, Antoni Gaudí's unfinished work, was built as a place of worship for the people in a manufactured suburb in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, near Barcelona (Spain). Colònia Güell was the brainchild of Count Eusebi de Güell. However with Güell losing profits from his business, the money ran out and only the crypt was completed.

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Fountain of Montjuïc

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc (Font màgica de Montjuïc in both Catalan and Spanish) is a fountain located at the head of Avenida Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The fountain is situated below the Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc hill and near the Plaça d'Espanya. The fountain, like most of the surrounding developments, was constructed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. The Magic Fountain was designed by Carles Buigas, who had designed illuminated fountains as early as 1922. The site where the fountain was constructed was the previous location of The Four Columns. The columns, representative of the Catalanism movement, were removed under the rule of Prime Minister Migel Primo de Rivera.

Buigas submitted his design a year before the exhibition, with many calling the plan too ambitious, with too little time to complete. The construction project utilized over 3000 workers. The first show took place on May 19, 1929, the day before the start of the Exposition. The fountain was badly damaged in the Spanish Civil War and did not operate until 1955, after Buigas oversaw needed repairs

In the 1980s, music was incorporated with the light show and the fountain, along with the Museu Nacional, was completely restored prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics, held at Montjuïc.

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Las Ramblas

La Rambla is a street in central Barcelona, popular with both tourists and locals alike. A 1.2 kilometer-long tree-lined pedestrian mall between Barri Gòtic and El Raval, it connects Plaça Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus monument at Port Vell. La Rambla can be considered a series of shorter streets, each differently named, hence the plural form Les Rambles (Spanish: Las Ramblas). From the Plaça de Catalunya toward the harbour, the street is successively the Rambla de Canaletes, the Rambla dels Estudis, the Rambla de Sant Josep, the Rambla dels Caputxins, and the Rambla de Santa Monica. Construction of the Maremàgnum in the early 1990s resulted in a continuation of La Rambla on a wooden walkway into the harbour, the Rambla de Mar.

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Columbus Monument

The Columbus Monument (Monument a Colom in Catalan, also known as the Monumento a Colón and Mirador de Colón in Spanish) is a 60 m (197 ft) tall monument for Christopher Columbus at the lower end of La Rambla, Barcelona. It was constructed for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona and is located at the site where Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to the Americas. The monument serves as a reminder that Barcelona is where Christopher Columbus reported to Queen Isabella and Ferdinand after Columbus' most famous trip.

At the very top of the monument stands a 7.2 m (24 ft) tall bronze statue atop a 40 m (131 ft) tall Corinthian column. The statue was sculpted by Rafael Atché and is said to depict Columbus pointing towards the New World with his right hand, while holding a scroll in the left. As it was sited, instead of pointing to the west towards the New World, the statue points east towards Columbus's supposed home city of Genoa. The statue is atop a socle, on which the word "Tierra" (land) is inscribed.

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Parc Güell

Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of el Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site «Works of Antoni Gaudí». The park was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site, the idea of Count Eusebi Güell, whom the park was named after.

The intention was to exploit the fresh air (well away from smoky factories) and beautiful views from the site, with sixty triangular lots being provided for luxury houses. Count Eusebi Güell added to the prestige of the development by moving in 1906 to live in Larrard House. Ultimately, only two houses were built, neither designed by Gaudí.

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Poble Espanyol

The Spanish Town (Catalan: Poble espanyol; Spanish: Pueblo español) is an outdoor open-air architectural museum, located on the mountain of Montjuïc, in the city of Barcelona, Spain.

It was constructed in 1929, for the Barcelona International Exhibition, that was held in Barcelona that year. Josep Puig i Cadafalch had the idea for the museum: a town in which the architecture, style, and culture of various locations from around Spain were preserved in a single place.

The aim was to give an idea of what might be an "ideal model" of a Spanish village, containing the main characteristics of all towns and villages in the peninsula. For this reason, 117 buildings, streets and squares were reproduced to scale. Pieces were selected taking into account aesthetic fit to help create a harmonious overall composition in accordance with the "village" design that had been conceived.

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Casa Batlló

The local name for the building is Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), and indeed it does have a visceral, skeletal organic quality. It was originally designed for a middle-class family and situated in a prosperous district of Barcelona.

The building looks very remarkable — like everything Gaudí designed, only identifiable as Modernisme or Art Nouveau in the broadest sense. The ground floor, in particular, is rather astonishing with tracery, irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work. It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia, Gaudi's home), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.

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Casa Milà - La Pedrera

Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera (Catalan for 'The Quarry'), is a building designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built during the years 1905–1910, being considered officially completed in 1912. It is located at 92, Passeig de Gràcia (passeig is Catalan for promenade) in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

It was built for the married couple, Rosario Segimon and Pere Milà. Rosario Segimon was the wealthy widow of José Guardiola, an Indiano, a term applied locally to the Catalans returning from the American colonies with tremendous wealth. Her second husband, Pere Milà, was a developer who was criticized for his flamboyant lifestyle and ridiculed by the contemporary residents of Barcelona, when they joked about his love of money and opulence, wondering if he was not rather more interested in "the widow’s guardiola" (piggy bank), than in "Guardiola’s widow".

Gaudi, a Catholic and a devotee of the Virgin Mary, planned for the Casa Milà to be a spiritual symbol. Overt religious elements include an excerpt from the Rosary prayer on the cornice and planned statues of Mary, specifically Our Lady of the Rosary, and two archangels, St. Michael and St. Gabriel. The design by Gaudi was not followed in some aspects. The local government objected to some aspects of the project, fined the owners for many infractions of building codes, ordered the demolition of aspects exceeding the height standard for the city.The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture states that the statuary was indeed Mary the mother of Jesus, also noting Gaudi's devoutness, and notes that the owner decided not to include it after Semana Trágica, an outbreak of anticlericalism in the city. After the decision was made to exclude the statuary of Mary and the archangels, Gaudi contemplated abandoning the project but was persuaded not to by a priest. Casa Milà was in poor condition in the early 1980s. It had been painted a dreary brown and many of its interior color schemes had been abandoned or allowed to deteriorate, but it has since been restored and many of the original colors revived.

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La Sagrada Familia

The Basílica & Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, commonly known as the Sagrada Família, is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia

Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.

Though construction of Sagrada Familia had commenced in 1882, Gaudi took over in 1883, transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style combining Gothic and curvilinear, Art Nouveau forms with ambitious structural columns and arches.

Gaudi devoted his last years to the project and at the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. Sagrada Familia's construction progressed slowly as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War — only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the mid-point in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges remaining[10] and an anticipated completion date of 2026 — the centennial of Gaudí's death.

Gaudi devoted his last years to the project and at the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. Sagrada Familia's construction progressed slowly as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War — only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the mid-point in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges remaining[10] and an anticipated completion date of 2026 — the centennial of Gaudí's death.

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Sagrada Familia

Adress:
Mallorca 401
Telephone:
93 207 30 31
Subway:
Sagrada Familia (L2 y L5)
Bus:
10, 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51

Timetable

Oct - Mar:
09:00 - 18:00
Abr - Sep:
09:00 - 20:00

Others

e-mail:
informacio@sagradafamilia.org
Web:
www.sagradafamilia.cat
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La Pedrera - Antoni Gaudí

Adress:
Provença 260
Telephone:
902 400 973
Subway:
Diagonal (L3, L4)
FCG:
Passeig de Gràcia
Bus:
7,16, 17, 22, 24 y 28

Timetable

Nov - Feb:
09:00 - 18:30
Mar - Oct:
09:00 - 19:30

Others

Web:
www.lapedreraeducacio.org
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Museo Futbol Club Barcelona

Adress:
Aristides Maillol, entrada n° 7
Telephone:
902 18 99 00
Subway:
Badal o Collblanch (Linea 5), Palau Reial (Linea 3)
TramBaix
Pius XII (Linea T1,T2,T3)
Bus:
15, 43, 54, 56, 57, 59, 70, 72, 75, 158,L12, L14, L50, L56 y L62

Timetable

29/3 a 3/10:10:00 - 20:00
Other days:10:00 - 18:30
Sunday & holidays: 
10:00 - 14:30

Others

e-mail:
museu@fcbarcelona.cat
Web:
www.fcbarcelona.cat
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Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture

Adress:
Montalegre, 5
Telephone:
93 306 41 00
Subway:
Catalunya (L3) Universitat (L1, L2)
FCG:
Catalunya
Bus:
7, 9, 14, 16, 17, 24, 38, 41, 50, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 64, 66, 67, 68, 91, 120, 141, L94, L95, Tombús y Aerobús

Others

Web:
www.cccb.org
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MACBA

Adress:
Plaza del Angels,1
Telephone:
93 412 08 10
Subway:
Catalunya (L3) Universitat (L1, L2)
FCG:
Catalunya
Bus:
7, 9, 14, 16, 17, 24, 38, 41, 50, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 64, 66, 67, 68, 91, 120, 141, L94, L95, Tombús y Aerobús

Others

Web:
www.macba.cat
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Barcelona
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Museo d' Historia de Catalunya

Adress:
Plaza Pau Vila, 3
Telephone:
93 225 47 00
Subway:
Barceloneta (L4)
Tren:
Estación de França
Bus:
14, 17, 19, 36, 39, 40, 45, 51, 57, 59, 64 y 157

Timetable

Tu-:10:00 - 19:00
Mie:10:00 - 20:00
Sunday & holidays:10:00 - 14:30
Mo:Closed

Others

e-mail:
mhc.cultura@gencat.net
Web:
www.mhcat.net
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Museo Marítim

Adress:
Drassanes s/n
Telephone:
93 342 99 20
Subway:
Drassanes (L3)
Bus:
14, 18, 36, 38, 57, 59, 64 y 91

Timetable

Mo - Su:
10:00 - 20:00

Others

Web:
www.mmb.cat
Museo maritimo
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Museo d' Aqueología de Catalunya

Adress:
P ° Santa Madrona, 39 - 41
Telephone:
93 423 21 49
Subway:
España (L1, L3)
FCG:
España
Bus:
55, 121, Bus Turístic

Timetable

Tu - Sa:09:30 - 19:00
Sunday & holidays:10:00 - 14:30
Mo:Closed

Others

e-mail
mac.cultura@gencat.cat
Web:
www.mac.cat
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Museo Dalí (Figueres)

Adress:
Plaza Gala-Salvador Dalí 5
Población:
Figueres (Girona)
Telephone:
972 677 500
Tren
Figueres (RENFE)

Timetable

01/10 - 28/02:
10:30 - 17:15
01/03 - 30/06:
09:30 - 17:15
01/07 - 30/09:
09:00 - 19:15
01/10 - 30/10:
09:30 - 17:15

Others

Web:
www.salvador-dali.org
Museo Salvador Dali en Figueres
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Tourist Information Main Office

The Tourism Information Office is located under Catalonia Square, it is under number 17. It has a gift shop with a wide range of very good quality souvenirs of your visit to Barcelona.


Adress:
Plaza Catalunya, 17
Telephone:
93 285 3834
Subway:
Catalunya (L1, L3)
FCG:
Catalunya
Tren:
Catalunya (RENFE)
Bus:
9, 16, 17, 22, 24, 41, 42, 55, 58, 62, 66, 67, 68, 141 Bus Turístic

Timetable

All year:
09:00 - 21:00
Closed:
01/01 and 25/12
Oficina de Informacion y Turismo en Barcelona
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