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Modernisme and More: Architecture in Barcelona

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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.
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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...
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Barcelona, Spain
This is a design of Picasso made for the Architect's College of Cataluña. It's carved over wet concrete.
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As I've mentioned before in a few highlights, I love a proud arch at the beginning or end of a grand avenue. Blame it on Paris. This one was built when the city hosted the Universal Exhibition in 1888 as the entrance to the fair and I love the...
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La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain
Continuously occupied for thousands of years, Barcelona is a city of contrast- rich, poor; old, new. Amazing to walk the gothic quarter while listening to your iPhone. Here the Roman wall reminds you of how long this city has been around.
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Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain
In several previous trips we'd never made an effort to find the remnants of Roman walls, even though they are near places we frequent. In May 2013, after a visit to El Born we wandered a couple of blocks off our usual route and found this section....
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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.
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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...
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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...
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La Font de la Guatlla, Barcelona, Spain
For many architecture junkies, the Barcelona Pavilion is reason enough to make the trip to Spain. Designed by Mies van der Rohe for the 1929 International Exposition, this building is believed by many to have kick-started the Modernist movement....
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08024 Barcelona, Spain
A pilgrimage to this enchanting park is a must for any Antoni Gaudí fan. Located atop Carmel Hill to the north of the city, the park was inspired by English landscape gardens, but its fantastical elements make sure you know it was...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...