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  • 1 Fundació Joan Miró Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parc de Montjuïc, s/n E - 08038 Barcelona

    Joan Miró (1893-1983) is hands down one of the figureheads of European avant-garde in the 20C. As well as incorporating elements of this movement into his work, Miró created a new, very personal language, based on spontaneity and force of expression...

  • 2 Roman and Visigoth town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    pl. del Rei E - 08001 Barcelona

    The Roman and visigothic town found beneath the Clariana-Padellàs house and the Plaza del Rei, gave rise to Barcelona. There are not many towns in the world in which you can walk underground through Roman streets. See the remains of a seaside buildin..

  • 3 The Raval Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rambla del Raval E - Barcelona

    The Raval is the "creative heart" of Barcelona. This formerly ill-reputed old Chinese quarter has changed enormously with a great deal of regeneration work carried out. Initiated in 1995 with the opening of Barcelona's Contemporary Art Muse..

  • 4 Casa Milà (La Pedrera) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Provença 261 E - 08036 Barcelona

    Commonly called «La Pedrera», this is one Gaudí's finest achievements. This building, now classed by UNESCO as a «world heritage property», was built with the help of the sponsorship by the noble Milà family. The project was initially to build the un..

  • 5 Sagrada Familia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Carrer de Provença E - 08029 Barcelona

    This is Antoni Gaudí's most popular work. Dedicated to Sainte Famille and Saint Joseph, his creator claimed that the work was an expiation of the materialism of the modern world and an expression of human solidarity and fraternity. Inspired by the Sa..

  • 6 Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parc de Montjuïc, s/n E - 08038 Barcelona

    The national museum harbours the Museum of Catalonian art, the Cabinet of etchings and engravings, the Male museum of modern art, the Cabinet of Catalan numismatist works and the General library of the art history. On display here, you will come acro..

  • 7 Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    av. e les Drassanes, s/n E - 08001 Barcelona

    This dynamic interactive museum charts the history of the Catalan Navy and features some extremely valuable exhibits. In the area dedicated to cartography, you will notice the Portolano of Gabriel de Vallseca (1439), a nautical map which belonged to ..

  • 8 Drassanes Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. e les Drassanes E - 08001 Barcelona

    The old naval shipyards, or royal arsenal, situated at the end of the Rambla, are the largest and most complete medieval shipyards in the world. They are one of the best examples of Catalan civil and Gothic architecture. During the reign of Peter III..

  • 9 Castell dels Tres Dragons Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Passeig de Picasso E - 08003 Barcelona

    This huge Neo-Gothic style building built of iron and red brick was built by Domènech i Montaner in 1887; and was a restaurant at the World Fair of 1888, is located on Avenue des Tells, a long promenade bordered by trees and flower beds. Inside, noti..

  • 10 Eixample district Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Passeig de Gràcia E - 08001 Barcelona

    The construction of this area coincided with one of the most prosperous periods for Barcelona society (1860). The economic and industrial development brought about the massive expansion of the bourgeoisie. Their main preoccupation was to turn Barcelo..

  • 11 Fundació Antoni Tàpies Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Aragó 255 E - 08007 Barcelona

    Created by the artist himself in 1984, this Foundation is set up in the modernist building of the old Editorial Montaner Simón, the work of Domènech i Montaner. This building is a typical product of the architectural and urban restoration programme c..

  • 12 Passeig de Gràcia Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Passeig de Gràcia E - 08008 Barcelona

    Although it used to link the old town to the village of Gràcia, it is now, along with Eixample the residential area of the upper class. It links beautiful buildings epitomising early 20C architecture, such as those by Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and P..

  • 13 La Manzana de la Discordia Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Passeig de Gràcia E - 08007 Barcelona

    The curious name given to this block of houses alludes to the mythological judgement of Pâris who was accused of giving away the golden apple to the most beautiful goddess and «manzana» is a play on words meaning both apple and block of buildings. Th..

  • 14 Casa Batlló Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pg de Gràcia 43 E - 08007 Barcelona

    This work by Gaudí dates from 1905 and is part of the famous «Manzana de la Discordia». The house has a multicoloured and undulating facade with an allegory of saint George killing the dragon. whist the extreior is stunning and dynamic with a meddley..

  • 15 Pavelló Mies van der Rohe Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    av. arqués de Comillas E - 08038 Barcelona

    At the time of the World Fair, this superb building was designed to represent Germany by the architect of the same name. Considered as one of the leading lights of rational architecture, Mies van der Rohe's later installations feature the chair calle..

  • 16 Gothic quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Nova E - 08001 Barcelona

    Despite being named after its elegant Gothic buildings from the 13-15C this area is actually much older, since Roman relics have been found here. From this period some parts of the Barcelona wall have survived (4C.), and can be see in main places. Du..

  • 17 Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Carrer de Santa Llúcia E - 08002 Barcelona

    The oldest remains of the Roman cathedral, found beneath the road dels Comtes were dedicated to saint Eulalia, the patron saint of the town. This first cathedral, which was half destroyed in 985, was replaced by another Roman cathedral between 1046 a..

  • 18 Plaça del Rei Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. del Rei E - 08002 Barcelona

    This square is the setting for many cultural activities (concerts, plays, ), and is the lively centre of the Gothic area. Here you can view the town's most important medieval buildings. You will see the façade of the Grand Royal Palace, the Saint-Aga..

  • 19 Museu d'Història de la Ciutat Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Plaça del Rei, s/n E - 08002 Barcelona

    The building, which accommodates this museum, is named after a noble family from Barcelona. It has been painstakingly restored, stone by stone from the original site ( Calle Del Mercaders ) to the Plaza del Rei where it is now located. It is a 15C co..

  • 20 Saint-Agatha chapel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. del Rei E - 08002 Barcelona

    This chapel with a unique chancel is covered with a multicoloured wooden maillage. It houses the marvellous retable of the Constable (1465) by Jaume Huguet depicting scenes in the life of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. On the centrel level you will notic..

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