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Barcelona's Abandoned Museum
Barcelona is a city that has a lot to offer; travel guides are packed with cathedrals, ruins, and endless museums. There is however, one “museum” that you won't come across in your travel guide. Four stops and less than ten minutes from Passeig de Gràcia, you exit the Alfons X (L4 line) station to realize there isn’t a tourist in sight. A short hike later, you’ll find one of the jewels of the city: an abandoned fort covered in vibrant and jazzy graffiti art. Barcelona is known for its imaginative spirit, as is the street art there. You can find captivating art on many store shutters and old walls. This fortress is one of the most perfect interpretations of the scene, condensed into one gallery-like location. Every inch of the remaining walls and bunkers is covered in independent and unmistakable creations. As soon as you enter the fort, you pass a timetable of art depicting Spain’s history from the beginning of the 20th century until present time. Further into the fort you will find a short tunnel. With sunlight gleaming from each end bolstering the colors inside, it’s like walking through the rainbow. The fort, or this abandoned museum, overlooks the entire city of Barcelona. Pick up some fruit at La Boqueria, bring a blanket, grab a book — and if you’re a yogi, bring a mat. It’s a fantastic way to spend a quiet day in the city — surrounded by colors, the beaming sun, and beautiful Barcelona all around.
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