Modernisme and More: Architecture in Barcelona
Collected by Chris Ciolli, AFAR Local Expert
Barcelona is famous the world over for architectural wonders like Sagrada Familia Temple and Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí. While you could literally spend all of your time in here on Gaudí, there's much more to Barcelona's architecture scene than Modernisme. Gothic cathedrals and Roman walls co-habitate with sleek skyscrapers here.
Calle Casp, 86, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
It’s one of the most recognizable facades on Passeig de Gràcia: a modernist fantasy of undulating stone, brightly colored mosaics, and stained glass—one that could only come from the mind of famed Catalan architect Antoni...
Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain
Fortunately I had just recently seen a movie that enlightened me about urban art and artists. I was introduced to the likes of Banksy and Invader. So a few weeks later when I ran across Invader's tile calling card while meandering the Gothic...
Plaça Portal de la pau, s/n, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
It's a tight squeeze at the top of the Columbus Monument in Barcelona. Skip it if you're claustrophobic, the teeny elevator doesn't allow for much personal space. But the 360 degree city views at the top are worth the inconvenience.
Carrer de la Marina, 253, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
The art nouveau buildings of Antoni Gaudí, the 19th-century architect whose works are some of Barcelona’s most iconic sights, can be seen throughout Catalonia, but Barcelona has the best examples of his genius at work. Former...
Pedralbes, Barcelona, Spain
Visit Pavellons Güell, a somewhat lesser-known Gaudi masterpiece in Barcelona's posh Pedralbes neighborhood. Especially spectacular is the property's wrought-iron dragon gate, it's writing serpentine form strongly resembling a cross between a bat...
La Font de la Guatlla, Barcelona, Spain
Plaça de Santa Maria, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
We have been many time to Barcelona, but a return to the beautiful Santa Maria del Mar church during our visit in May 2013 had extra meaning because both my wife and I had read "Cathedral of the Sea," an expansive historical novel in which the...
Carrer de Villarroel, Barcelona, Spain
Covered in a very stylized graffiti of a massive tree, La Carbonería is the best-known Okupa house in town. Okupas are people that "occupy" abandoned buildings and spaces throughout Europe in an effort to protest the economic difficulties in...
Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Palau Güell is an early Gaudí masterpiece, designed for his longtime benefactor, Eusebi Güell. The mansion, one of Gaudí's first big projects, was recently restored and re-opened to the public. The centerpiece of the building is the amazing...
Torre Agbar, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona's pickle-shaped Torre Agbar has been a fixture on the local skyline since September of 2005. During the day it looks sleekly metallic, and evenings it's lit up in a rainbow of colors. Barcelona sunsets are particularly striking behind...
Plaça de la Vila de Madrid, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
In the middle of a fairly ordinary looking plaza en Cuitat Vella, savvy visitors can spot evidence of Barcelona's Roman history. Once a road with funerary monuments on either side, gradually the road was surrounded by the city. You can see the...
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