Favorite thing: This brick arch was designed in the Mudejar style, as the entry gate for the 1888 Expo, by Josep Vilaseca. The coats-of-arms, which represents all the Spanish provinces, were placed around it, with Barcelona's in the middle—the place of honour. On the sides of the arch are four statues of women symbolizing fame. Other stone carvings represent various countries' participation in the Expo, and Barcelona thanking them for their attendance. It is not as grand as the Paris version, perhaps, but still beautiful and worth a visit.
Favorite thing: Barcelona is one of those cities that you really can miss a lot if you're not looking for it! I only noticed this building because it happened to be in a photo in my guide book and I was looking out for it. Its the Casa Bruno Quadras which - believe it or not! - was once an umbrella shop! Its now a bank and is located on Rambla de Sant Josep.
Near Diagonal and Placa Joan Carles I you will find the beautiful modernistic building Casa Comalat (1911) by Salvador Valeri (1873-1954) Barcelona.
Casa Ramón Casas (1899) in Barcelona is from this same designer.
Salvador Valeri, a real Barcelonian, belonged to the 2nd generation of the Modernists. Influenced by masters as Gaudi, he designed this building using almost organic shapes (round) and lots of mosaics.
Fondest memory: Panoramic picture!!! pls click on it to enjoy the full view!
Favorite thing: We thoroughly enjoyed the architecture of Barcelona: there is the very old architecture in the Barri Gòtic, the modernistic houses of Gaudi and lots of wonderful Art Deco and Jugendstil houses along the Paseig Gracia. Just strolling around was such a pleasure, that made our stay extra enjoyable!
Next door to Gaudi's Casa Battlo is where you can buy Ruta del Modernisme Tickets. They cost 3 euro, are good for 30 days, and give you 25-30% off the price of admission for Palau Guell, Palau de la Musica, La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia, Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Casa Museu Gaudi(which is in Parc Guell) Museu de Zoologia, Museu Nacional d'Art Modern and Museu de la Musica
The entranceway is really interesting as well! There are some amazing stained glass doors, windows and light fixtures.
This house was not done by Gaudi.
They are all over the place. Don't expect just to find art and monument in the most notorious touristic attractions.
Spread around the city, are many humble expressions of art. Look for them.
Favorite thing: Barcelona is full of interesting architecture. It's more than just Gaudi, but he typifies the freedom of expression that seems to have been historically accepted in this city. You'll see many styles of architecture throughout the city. Buildings that are considered an eyesore by some are celebrated by others and as a visitor I found this eclecticism refreshing.
Most of BCN's city center (excluding the Gothic Quarter) has been designed in a squared design, so is easy to get around the city, as those streets are all parallel.
In that sense, it reminded me the structure of New York, though the distances are much smaller here...
Walking around the city center you can see many modernist architectonic details in walls and facades.
This marvellous ticket box belongs to the Palau de la Musica and is only a little detail in a building full of them, from the stairs to the ceilings, the halls...
c/ Sant Pere Mes Alt. Metro: Urquinaona
Casa de les Punxes’ (1904-1906) is a work of Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
You can find it at the corner of Diagonal street 416-420.
It is a private building and not open for public visitors.
It has a nice sundial on one of the walls and also an image of Sant Jordi with the inscription: "Sant Patró de Catalunya torneu-nos la llibertat".
Josep Puig was assisted by other specialist like: Alfons Juyol (sculptures); Eudald Amigó ; Enric Monserda (interior design) and Manuel Ballarín.
At least you can say, that it is a remarkable construction with some Middle Aged influence.
Favorite thing: Barcelona has a great architectural richness. It is not only the work of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi (La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell). There are plenty of old buildings represeting the Modernsime (Catalan Art Nouveau) all around the town. Gothic and Roman architectural styles can be seen in the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) east of La Rambla.
Favorite thing: Just as Modernisme - the movement that has made Barcelona unique - emerged at the end of the 19th century as a desire for change and renovation, so today the city is celebrating its past. Rather than suffer a post-Olympic slump, it is restoring its old buildings, introducing new art and architecture and eradicating some severe urban problems, while staying at the forefront of contemporary culture.
Favorite thing: Inventive and innovative, radical and racy, Barcelona is one of Europe's most dynamic cities. Strolling through its streets is like wandering through a living museum, a legacy of its remarkable two thousand years of history. From the ancient maze-like Gothic quarter, built within the Roman city walls, to the astonishing regimental grid plan of the turn-of-the-century Eixample district, studded with eye-catching jewels of Modernista architecture, and the space-age constructions for the 1992 Olympiad, the city contains some of the finest and most eccentric art and architecture in the world. Outstanding even by Barcelonan standards is Gaudí's extraordinary Sagrada Família - for many, reason enough to visit the city.
Favorite thing: When you wander around Barcelona, make sure you're attentive to details. Let your eyes wander up and down buildings and you could be rewarded by spotting some amazing architectural details you would have missed otherwise. Take your time, enjoy the place, there is no hurry.
Favorite thing: learn about the Catalan arts... What the Catalan call 'Modernisme' emerged as a trend in all the arts in Barcelona in the 1880s. It did not appear in isolation in Barcelona. To the British and French the style was called 'Art Nouveau'; to the Italians it was 'sile Liberty'; the Germans called it' Jugendstil'(Youth Style) and in Austria it was called 'Sezession' (Secession). But the name 'modernisme' is misleading. It suggests the adoption of new means and rejection of the old. But modernista architectors (Antoni Gaudi the most famous one) looked to the past for inspiration. Gothic, Islamic and Reneissance all had something to offer. Modernisme was able to create new and exciting cocktails.