The Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, is a triumphal arch in Barcelona that was built as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas.
The arch is built in reddish brickwork following the Neo-Mudéjar style, the friezes at the front and at the back has sculptures, one of them from Josep Llimona, an important artist in Catalonia.
You can find stone bats attached to the triumphal arch, it was the emblem for King Jaume I, the bat was his lucky charm, he liberated Valencia, Menorca and Mallorca from the Moors. Bats can be found in many structures of Modernism and Catalan Art Nouveau. Animal symbols are present and often used in Modernism and they symbolize the independence of Catalonia. The dragon, symbolizes Sant Jordi, the Sant Patron of Catalonia.
It is located in Passeig Lluís Companys that is a wide promenade that heads to Ciutadella Park. The arch shares similar structures with those found in Paris, London, Brooklyn and Bucharest among others.