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  • La Sagrada Familia

    Of a rather different kind, instead, is the Facade of the Passion, realised in the second half of the 20th century and adorned by the works of Josep Maria Subirachs. Actually the contrast between the two architectonic styles (and even the kinds of stones used) is...

    0 by Emanuele, 5 months ago
  • Park Güell

    During my first visit to Barcelona, when the entrance to Parc Guell still used to be free (though restricted to a certain number of visitors) I was so fascinated with this place that I just couldn't help taking photos compulsively. Charmed by this enchanting park,...

    0 by Emanuele, 5 months ago
  • Montserrat

    It is doubtlessly one of the symbols of Catalonia, a place that you must not omit to see if you happen to spend some days in this region. It is said to be the second most visited sanctuary in Spain after Santiago de Compostela. It benefits from a spectacular natural...

    0 by Emanuele, 6 months ago
  • Museu Maritim

    Happening to be strolling at the end of the Rambla, I spotted this interesting museum and dropped in almost accidentally. At the end of my visit, though, I found I had learnt some interesting things about the maritime history of Barcelona. In addition to this, I had the...

    0 by Emanuele, 6 months ago
  • Parc de la Ciutadella

    When in 1714 the Spanish king, Felipe V, had part of the La Ribera district burnt to the ground, in order to build a menacing fortress, few people would have probably thought that the same area would have become the green lung of Barcelona 3 centuries later. Indeed,...

    0 by Emanuele, 7 months ago
  • Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

    Among the various museums located in the Montjuich district, this is the one you must not miss absolutely. Despite having being warned to visit the National Museum of Catalan Art with some free hours ahead, I had to speed up in the final part to avoid being still in the...

    0 by Emanuele, 7 months ago
  • L'Eixample

    If a time machine brought us back in time to the first decades of the 19th century, few people would probably identify that unspoilt, almost desolated area with the modern Eixample, probably the most fashionable district in Barcelona. As a matter of fact, two rows of...

    0 by Emanuele, 6 months ago
  • La Ribera

    This district, officially called "Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera", is doubtlessly one of the most fascinating areas of Barcelona. Its name is obviously due to the proximity to the sea ("Ribera" means indeed "shore"). The southern part of the district, indeed,...

    0 by Emanuele, 6 months ago
  • Casa Milà

    Approaching the crossroads with Carrer de Provença, though, your attention will be inevitably caught and your curiosity aroused either by a swarm of people standing (or queuing) in front of an imposing building, or by the building itself. And indeed, Casa Milà,...

    0 by Emanuele, 6 months ago
  • Palau Reial Major

    Not to be confused with the Palau Reial de Pedralbes, already described in a previous post, the Palau Reial Major is located in the very heart of Barcelona, namely in Plaza del Rei. Dating back to the 13th century, it presents a mighty and austere architecture, devoid...

    0 by Emanuele, 6 months ago
  • Palau del Lloctinent

    Though I have already briefly described this wonderful palace in one of the entries devoted to the centre of Barcelona, I really think it deserves to be further dealt with. Not that it is particularly difficult to find it; on the contrary, it is located right next to...

    0 by Emanuele, 6 months ago
  • Parc Olimpic

    The summer of 1992 marked a real turning point for Barcelona, as the city housed the 25th edition of the Summer Olympic Games. Under some aspects, it was an historical editions for the Games as well, as it recorded the presence of more than 9,000 athletes from 172...

    0 by Emanuele, 7 months ago
  • CaixaForum

    Visitors and tourists ending up in CaixaForum to visit one (or more) of its interesting expositions, may not be aware of the evolution which has brought the place to its present aspect and function. Quite an incredible story, indeed. The name, at least, should be more...

    0 by Emanuele, 7 months ago
  • Fundaciò Joan Mirò

    "Noi vogliamo distruggere i musei, le accademie d'ogni specie" ("We want to destroy the museums, the libraries and the academies of all kinds"). This was one of the key points, if not the main one, of the Manifesto del Futurismo (Manifesto of Futurisme) which my country...

    0 by Emanuele, 8 months ago
  • Museu de Historia de Barcelona

    If I had found the visit to the Museu Frederic Mares quite disappointing, fortunately I did not have to go very far to find something more interesting to see. Having gone through the wonderful Palau del Lloctinent, indeed, I reached Plaza del Rei, where the entrance to...

    0 by Emanuele, 6 months ago
  • Museu Frederic Mares

    Surprised by some chilly showers of rain in the centre of Barcelona, I once decided to take shelter in some of the few museums which the Ciutat Vella has to offer. The first of them has been the museum Frederic Mares, located in the ancient palace of the earls of...

    0 by Emanuele, 6 months ago
  • La Rambla

    It is probably the most famous avenue in Europe, if not in the world. It is one of the most popular places among the tourists, one of those places which seems to create an aura of magic and charm only by mentioning its name. And yet, I firmly believe that most people do...

    0 by Emanuele, 6 months ago
  • Santa Maria del Mar

    Its story is so interesting that it has even become part of a book. Actually, I borrowed the title for this entry right from Ildefonso Falcones, whose recent novel La Catedral de la Mar made this imposing church known to everyone. And despite obviously featuring...

    0 by Emanuele, 6 months ago
  • Casa Amatller

    The grass is always greener on the other side. Or at least, this is what one may think when visiting Casa Amatller, a charming building whose only drawback is having been built in the wrong place, namely right next to Casa Battlò on Passeig de Gracia. Indeed, most of...

    0 by Emanuele, 6 months ago
  • Casa Battlò

    When I saw it for the first time, through the window of a bus quickly driving for Passeig de Gracia, it made no special impression to me. Just a weird piece of architecture, an odd house which balconies looking like skulls. Nothing was farther from the truth, of course,...

    0 by Emanuele, 6 months ago
  • Plaza de Catalunya

    Not only the main gateway to the city centre, but also the symbol of the Catalan pride, Plaza de Catalunya is one of the most significant places in Barcelona. Indeed, the square is located at the junction of three of the most important ways of the city: the Rambla,...

    0 by Emanuele, 7 months ago

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