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Barcelona Buildings And Monuments, Spain


Gothic Quarter


The Gothis Quarter (Barri Gotic) is is the oldest part of Barcelona, surrounded by medieval walls until the 19th century. This is where most of the oldest buildings of Barcelona can be found, including the Cathedral, Plaça Sant Jaume, Plaça del Rei and Carrer Montcada.


Palau Reial Major

This was the former residence of Catalonia's royal family. The building is part of the Historical Museum of the City, a fascinating museum complex which takes visitors on a voyage through Roman, Visigothic and medieval Barcelona. Two rooms stand out amongst the others inside the building: the Saló del Tinell, built by King Pedro el Ceremonioso between 1359 and 1362 and the 14th century Chapel of Santa Agata.


Sant Jaume Square

This is Barcelona's political hub. The Casa de la Ciutat, seat of the municipal government and Palau de la Generalitat, home to the Autonomous Government of Catalonia sit on the square. This beautiful stone paved square is the site of important Catalan events, such as castellers, the famous human towers.

Palau de la Generalitat is the result of various expansions and renovations lasting two centuries with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. It is only open to the public on 23 April. The 14th century Casa de la Ciutat stands on the other side, note its splendid internal courtyard with Catalan Gothic stairway and the Salon de Cent, with its gigantic arches and the Salon de las Cronicas.


Carrer de Montcada

In the heart of the Ribera quarter, this street has a special symbolic value. The old homes of Catalan noble families are located along this narrow street along with medieval or Renaissance buildings which are now home to important museums and art galleries including the Picasso Museum, Textile Museum, Barbier-Mueller Museum of pre-Columbian art and Maeght Gallery.


Guell Palace (Palau Güell)

was the residence of Count Güell, Gaudì's patron. In 1890 Gaudí designed an elegant and majestic building for Güell, which is the only private residence by Gaudì that can be visited in its entirety. All of the elements that the architect would later develop can be glimpsed: combinations of columns, domes, wrought iron and wood elements, and even more importantly a mixture of different styles.


Palace of Catalan Music

This architecture, included on UNESCO's World Heritage List, is known as the most modernista building in the world, work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner. One of the most interesting parts is the impressive sculpture which unites the two facades, celebrating popular Catalan music. But the most extraordinary room is the auditorium on the upper floor with its blue and gold ceiling and large sculptures. Guided tours every half hour, every day.



Eixample is a large extension that Ildefons Cerdà designed for Barcelona in 1860, a big area laid out on a grid system, this area contains almost all of the modernista style buildings of the city, especially in the so-called "Quadrat d’Or". Between the 19th and 20th centuries Barcelona's upper class gave great impetus to this artistic movement which would make architects Gaudì like famous.

Casa de les Punxes House

It is known by this name (house of spires) due to the pointed spires it has at the top. Puig i Cadafalch built this building by incorporating three houses which belonged to the Terrades sisters and thus created one united complex.

Where: Av.da Diagonal 420

Milà House or La Pedrera

Casa Milà was designed by Gaudí between 1905 and 1910 as a building for apartments and offices. It is called La Pedrera due to its appearance reminiscent of a stone quarry. The wavy forms and wrought iron balconies on the facade create an impressive effect. It has been on UNESCO's World Heritage List since 1984. One of the floors can be visited which houses an exhibit on Gaudì.

Where: Passeig de Gràcia, 92 - Hours: every day 10.00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.


Manzana de la Discordia

This is the most famous block by Passeig de Gracia, it is called in this manner due to the completely contrasting styles of its buildings, the work of three of the most famous Modernista architects: Puig i Cadafalch, Domenech i Monaner and Gaudì.

  • Batlló House is one of the most symbolic houses of Eixample. It was built by Gaudì, who placed much emphasis on color. The facade is adorned by elements of great imagination and color, the roof represents Saint George and the dragon. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Sun. 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Amatler House was created by Puig i Cadafalch in 1900 in Cubist style, with a facade that combines Flemish and Catalan elements. It contrasts greatly with the other two nearby houses, but it was built in an earlier period. The entrance and stairway are particularly interesting.
  • Lleó Morera House is at the corner of Carrer del Consell de Cent. It was built in 1906 by Doménech i Montaner and has an Art Nouveau style with more typically international motifs. The facade is filled with very imaginative decorations.



Magic Fountain (Font Magica)

This large fountain built for Expo 1929 is one of the most magical spots of Barcelona. When the fountain is working it produces water games and impressive lights, making it seem like a real dance.

Where: Av. de la Reina M. Cristina. Subway: L1/L3, Espanya


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