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Casa de les Punxes: Modernism by Puig i Cadafalch

Casa de les Punxes or also called Casa Terradas is a building design by the modernist architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The house is located right in the Diagonal Avenue, one of the most important ones in the city.In 1905, Mr Terradas gave the job to Cadafalch to design a house for his three sisters. The result was Casa Terradas, a building that reminds you…

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Venetian towers Plaça Espanya

Plaça Espanya is one of the main squares in the city, although is not a pedestrian is in the Sants city center, with Las Arenas shopping Centre, the MNAC and the Barcelona Fair all in the same square space.One of the things that take your attention are the Venetian Towers that guard the entrance of the Reina Maria Cristina Avenue, there is one tower on eith…

Arc de triomf: a triumphal arch in Barcelona!
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Arc de triomf: a triumphal arch in Barcelona!

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…

Canaletes fountain: celebrate Barça victories there!
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Canaletes fountain: celebrate Barça victories there!

Canaletes fountain is a symbol in Barcelona city and famous to be the meeting place for locals and visitors to celebrate the victories of Barça, Football club Barcelona. The fountain has become one of the most visited landmarks, and when something is being celebrated for Barça you can see a huge gathering in front of it.The popular name Canaletes has direct…

The golden fish by Frank Gehry
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The golden fish by Frank Gehry

If you have been in Barcelona and walked around the seaside I am sure you have seen a giant golden fish but it could be that you didn't know it was from Frank Gehry. The fish has become one of the symbols of post-Olympic Barcelona, it is interesting how the sunlight gets reflected into the scales of the fish.In 1992, Barcelona started transforming the seafr…

Plaça Espanya: Fountain light show
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Plaça Espanya: Fountain light show

Plaça Espanya is one of the most important and biggest squares in Barcelona, it was built due to the 1929 International Exhibition that was held at the foot of Montjuïc mountain. The square is the junction of several major thoroughfares: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Avinguda del Paral·lel, Carrer de la Creu Coberta and Carrer de Tarragona, and leads to …

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Carrer Petritxol: famous chocolate street in Barcelona

If you are looking for streets with this special charm in Barcelona, you can't miss carrer Petritxol, it is a pedestrian street known to be the street of chocolate in Barcelona and I will explain to you why. Carrer Petritxol is documented since 1340, and the name petrítxol comes from the word "pedrítxol" that refers to those stones that didn't allow the car…

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Plaça del Pi, a hidden square

Plaça del Pi is one of my favorite squares, I recommend you to pass by as it has a very nice vibe, with Santa Maria el Pi church on it and the charming square is one of the musts in the Gothic area. The square is surrounded by old decorated façades antique shops and old bars and restaurants. There is also a little artisan market of food products that I will…

Casa fuster: most expensive house in Barcelona
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Casa fuster: most expensive house in Barcelona

Casa Fuster is a building by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner built in 1908 and one of the most sumptuous examples of modernism in Barcelona. Casa Fuster is located in Passeig de Gràcia street, the high-end street for shopping in Barcelona. It is considered to be the most costly building ever built in the city, but although it is the most costly, the…

Palau de la Música Catalana: a modernist jewel
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Palau de la Música Catalana: a modernist jewel

The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall in Barcelona with a close relationship with the Catalan culture of all times and especially through music. The building was designed by the famous Lluís Domènech i Montaner, built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeó Català that is a choral society founded in the XIX century and it was leading the Catalan Cu…

Torre Agbar: the colourful tower in Barcelona
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Torre Agbar: the colourful tower in Barcelona

Torre Agbar is a colourful 38-story skyscraper located near Plaça les Glòries, right in front of les  Glòries shopping centre. The Torre Agbar is the entrance to the new technological district in Barcelona called [email protected] Agbar tower was designed by the famous architect Jean Novel and it was named Agbar due to its original owners who were Agbar group -water …

Casa Amatller
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Casa Amatller

The Casa Amatller by Puig i Cadafalch, an architect contemporary of Gaudí, that has a neo-Gothic style inspired by the houses in Netherlands. The Casa Amatller belongs to the block known as "illa de la discòrdia" in Barcelona. Together with Casa Batlló by Gaudí, and the Casa Lleó Morera, by Domènech i Montaner, is part of the "illa de la discòrdia" or block…

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Hospital de Sant Pau: World's largest Art Nouveau site

The Hospital de Sant Pau is the world's largest Art Noveau site,  no wonder it is awarded by the UNESCO since 1997 as World Heritage site status, you can imagine how big the complex is and its importance. The hospital has gone through a restoration process and recently opened its doors to the public through guided visits on the inside.Is one of the oldest m…

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Montjuic Castle: great views of Barcelona!

Montjuïc Castle is one of the fortresses that still remains in the city, as we see it nowadays though is the result of many modifications that happened in the XVIII century and those changes were meant to strengthen the defence of the fortress. The perfect location of the hill with excellent views of the plain Barcelona and the coastal area was the ideal p…

The Columbus monument in Barcelona
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The Columbus monument in Barcelona

The Columbus Monument is a 60 metres tall tower with a Columbus statue on top that is located at the lower end of Las Ramblas. The monument was built for the Universal Exhibition held in Barcelona in 1888 and the purpose was to honor the first voyage of Columbus to the American continent.The monument reminds us that Christopher Columbus reported directly…

Plaça del Rei, a medieval square with history beneath
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Plaça del Rei, a medieval square with history beneath

Plaça del Rei is my favorite square in Barcelona, you have the feeling of walking in the medieval Barcelona through the Monumental buildings that are in the square. You can find the Royal palace, the Palau Reial Major as we call it and the buildings surrounding the palace are the perfect painting to see how it was the city in Middle Ages.The Palau Reial Maj…

Plaça Reial, a beautiful porticoes square
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Plaça Reial, a beautiful porticoes square

Plaça Reial is a beautiful square in the Gothic area, literally called the Royal square. There is a nice atmosphere in the square surrounded by bars and restaurants with a fountain in the middle and surrounded by palm trees.Is a place of gathering at night as there are many clubs and discotheques around such as Karma, Jamboree and Sidecar, it is a vibrant s…

Plaça St Jaume
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Plaça St Jaume

Plaça Sant Jaume is the heart of Barcelona administration, right in the same square fagin to each other we can find Catalonia's government and on the other side Barcelona city hall. Funny enough, in the same square is where the main roman streets of the old Barcino -the name of the city in Roman times-, the Cardo and the Decumanus meet. Nowadays the Cardo w…

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Sagrada familia will be finished in 2026

Sagrada Familia is one of the top star monuments in Barcelona and known around the world as this church has been under construction for more than 133 years due to its particular way of funding the cost of the building. The funding is done exclusively through donations and what the monument earns from selling the tickets, the original idea is that if it was …

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Las Ramblas: the most famous street in Barcelona

La Rambla is a must walk street, it is 1.2 kilometres long and it is one of the most famous streets in the city along with the high-end street Passeig de Gràcia. La Rambla, was the first and only space in the city after the medieval narrow streets, where the citizens could stroll and spend their leisure time. Barcelona broke her fortress on XIX century an…

Gothic Quarter Barcelona: Columns of temple Augustus
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Gothic Quarter Barcelona: Columns of temple Augustus

Barcelona's Gothic Quarter has plenty of hidden secrets, and today I will share with you one of those that has been best-kept, and it is inside a building on Carrer Paradís. Inside what it was a medieval courtyard, there are four columns from the temple of Augustus that have survived 2000 years and we can still see them all covered in this courtyard that pr…

Barcelona cathedral
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Barcelona cathedral

The cathedral is one of the most beautiful gothic buildings in town, no doubt about that. It is located in plaça de la Seu, where there is still part of the Roman fortress of the city that remains, there is also a big square where events are organized. If you visit the cathedral at the weekend normally on Saturdays at 18:30 and Sundays at 12:00 you will see…

Magic Fountain in Barcelona
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Magic Fountain in Barcelona

The magic fountain of Montjuïc is the biggest ornamental fountain in the city and it was built on 1929 for the International Exhibition. The magic fountain offers a show of music and color, water acrobatics, and lights that generate over 50 kinds of shades. The fountain has become one of the most popular attractions and is where the Piromusical from La M…

Civil War refuge 307 in Poble Sec in Barcelona
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Civil War refuge 307 in Poble Sec in Barcelona

The Civil War in Barcelona between 1936 until 1939 left Barcelona devasted because of the bombs. Spain became a trial and error location for the Second World War and civilians and cities were bombarded indiscriminately. This is the beginning of the shelter construction in the city, nowadays some of them still remain untouched, such us the one in Poble Sec,…

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Keith Haring in Barcelona, aids mural

Keit Haring was a famous American artist and activist who was known in the 80's New York street's culture. Haring had a publicity background and very visual style, his art was very controversial and political. Haring was very used to work on his art very quickly, he was famous for his work on the subway which meant that the had to create quickly in a few ho…

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Casa Lleó Morera, a modernist house by Domenech i Muntaner

Casa Lleó Morera is one of the houses of the Block of Discord. The block of Discord it is famous to have in it 4 modernist buildings built by the most famous catalan architects: Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Antoni Gaudí, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Enric Sagnier one very near the other. The houses are the Casa Lleó-Morera by Lluís Domènech i Montaner; Casa M…

Poble Espanyol, all Spain in the same place in Barcelona!
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Poble Espanyol, all Spain in the same place in Barcelo…

What if you could visit all Spain in the same place? Well, this is possible in Barcelona in Poble Espanyol. Poble Espanyol gathers in the same place reproductions of buildings from places all over Spain in Barcelona. The story of Poble Espanyol starts in the International Exhibition in 1929, they decided to built this place a representation of architecture …