Essential places to visit in Barcelona for architecture fans

by Julia on June 20, 2017

The city of Barcelona is full of places that need to be seen and enjoyed. The beauty of its city streets is well known, and you can see it for yourself by walking along the Ramblas, visiting the Gothic Quarter or admiring the amazing architecture. One of the most important sites to visit and recommended by Barcelona tourism is the Sagrada Familia. People from all over the world come to the city to see this and the other Gaudí buildings like the Park Güell, the Casa Batlló or La Pedrera.

Barcelona is a city rich in history and culture. There are very interesting Roman ruins where you can find columns remains of the temple of Augustus. They can be seen in a small medieval courtyard in the middle of the Gothic Quarter. There are also examples of very beautiful Gothic architecture, but the monastery of Pedralbes stands out. This building is perfectly preserved and it’s easy to imagine the kind of life that took place there. Its most important parts are the cloister, a very pleasant location full of plants and greenery, the dormitory of the old brotherhood, the chapel of San Miguel or the church. Other examples of spectacular Gothic architecture are the Cathedral of Barcelona, also known as Seu or the Cathedral of Santa Cruz and Santa Eulalia, and the Basilica of Santa María del Mar.

Famous architecture is to be found all over the city from all sorts of different epochs. One of the other famous styles is known as Catalan modernism and the most famous is the work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, especially the Santa Creu i Sant Pau hospital. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, it was designed like a small modernist village. Each medical speciality of the hospital had its own building, all connected by underground spaces. The facade of this marvelous place is lined with red brick. Built by the same architect, the Palau de la Música Catalana is an unique building that contains a concert hall with excellent acoustics and full of stained glass. It is one of the most striking modernist places in the whole of the city.

For something different you should visit  the Poble Espanyol, very close to the Montjuïc fountains. It was created for the International Exhibition of 1929 and it represents the towns of the Spanish geography, with its streets, buildings and squares.

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