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Some Outstanding Graffiti
Here are some outstanding graffities which is located right in front of the Centre de Cultura contemporania of Barcelona. The corner street would be Carrer de Montalegre, which we shall attach photos off , as well.
Barcelona's architecture can be breathtaking. I suggest you to get lost in the city, and take a look at the building façades, the roofs, or even the small streets that surround the city. There are many impressive buildings, many street scenes that seem to be taken from a history book and many roofs decorated with bautiful brass statues. This is what makes this city so special. Put beautiful architecture in a jar and mix it with wonderful people, and you'll get a great city, you'll get Barcelona.
El Cap de Barcelona
This colourful 20 meter high Pop-Art construction from Roy Lichtenstein was completed in 1992 for the Summer Olympics. It is located between Marina Port Vell and Moll d'Espanya
Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997) was a prominent American pop artist, whose work borrowed heavily from popular advertising and comic book styles, which he himself described as being "as artificial as possible."
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Arc del triomf
Designed by Josép Vilaseca, the red brick Arc del Triomf was the entrance to the World Fair in 1888 in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The arc is in mudéjar-style and has pictures of industry and trade on it.
Address: Passeig Lluis Companys
Casa Batlló is the house of Josep Batlló i Casaanovas that was restyled by Gaudi in 1904-1906. The facade is very striking, but also take a look inside. More pictures can be seen in our travelogues with Gaudi creations.
Adress: No. 43 Passeig de Gràcia
Graffiti art around the city...
Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll see some wonderful examples of graffiti art around the city. Tucked away on side streets in the Barri Gotic and Port Vell there’s some great examples. To some it looks childish, rude and mere vandalism. But look closer, and you’ll find there’s often intriguing social comment. It’s just a different way of expressing it.
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The buildings outside the main streets
Barcelona is known for it's architecture, but Barcelona is not only Gaudi. Just take a trip outside the main streets, and you will find a more genuine Spanish architecture, showing more of joy in the construction work than just art.
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Casa Lleo Morera
Standing on the corner of Carrer del Consell de Gent is the Modernist Casa Lleo Morera, built by Domenech i Montaner. It has Art Nouveau carving outside and cheerful lobby decorated with flower motifs.
Arc de Triomf
I freely admit this was a nice change from how I am used to seeing Arches of Triumph :))) Standing along the Passeig de Lluis Companys it was created by the Modernist architect Josep Vilaseca to serve as an entrance to the Universal Exhibition in the late 1880es. Its red and much-decorated brickwork and general look-and-feel seemed to me a crossover of traditional European architecture monument and Indian style.
Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital
Not all the modernist highlights in BCN are by Gaudi...
This modernist hospital, designated UNESCO monument in 1997 was designed by Domenech i Montaner.
Being a public hospital you can visit it for free, though there are guided tours too. It is a whole block of buildings, with some green areas in between.
In the main entrance, look up to the magnificient ceilings. Then you can admire the many pavillions with their fairy tale decorations, go inside, visit the tunnels net underground (used as a refugee in the Civil War) and have a coffee in its bar...
Metro: Hospital Sant Pau, Cartagena street exit.
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I honestly do not know why most people miss thisý Too little time, Iýd say. But I made a point of seeing the walls, and it was really funny to find them in what is a modern, bustling city. There are just a couple of well-preserved stretches, though I bet there are others, too. But I myself was short of time, so I decided just to see those two. Hereýs how to get there:
- South-western side of Placa Ramon de Berenguer el Gran
- Northern end of Carrer del Sotstinent Navarro
The walls date from 3rd and 4th centuries, when the Romans were forced to create more impressive defenses around the city to protect it from the invaders who, in this instance, were Germanic tribes.
Walking through the streets
Walking through the streets of Barca -
Open your eyes and enjoy the architecture in this world of Gaudi !!
Barcelona - the city to be visited - once in Europe.
The city to be revisited several times when you live in Europe.
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Barcelona has got a lot of modernist buildings, you can see them all around the city centre, some famous, some not so famous.
And you can find also delicious little details, as the mosaics in this ticket box of the Palau de la Musica...
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Hospital de Sant Pau
I have to say that this is the most hospital I have ever seen in my life ! Hospital de Sant Pau has been built around 600 years ago and yet is still fully operational as a hospital today.
After visiting Sagrada Familia and having lunch, we decided to walk around in the neighbourhoods and it lead us to this impressive structure. We found out on the map that it was a hospital ! We went inside for a quick tour because we thought that it might be an old hospital, not operational anymore, and to our surprise, it was still operating.
Hospital de Sant Pau is formed by different buildings. During our rapid visit, I felt uneasy, walking around with my camera and taking pictures of the architecture while people were going there to be treated for their sickness... I tried to be the most discreet possible !
Address : Carrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret
The Unusual and sometimes Exotic Streetlamps
Barcelona, especially Las Ramblas, is a colorful place, a flurry of flower stalls, newspaper stands, chirping birds and strange people who dress up in odd costumes—standing still for minutes on end waiting to be paid. There are chic shops and Burger Kings and cafes and cool restaurants everywhere. Barcelona pulses with life; it is always buzzing with activity. It is crowded, full of excitement and things to do. Couples are always engrossed with each other. The people are fashionable and arrogant, true Catalonians. And all of these things conspire to keep a tourists eyes focused to the immediate vicinity just around him. After all, in all this frenetic activity who wants to miss out on something or someone that is fascinating or unique?
Unfortunately, missing out on some unique things is just what you might do if your eyes never stray upwards to take in some often overlooked features. Features such as defensive arrow loops, old roman bricks in the walls, ancient battlements, and—the topic of this tip—some magnificent streetlamps.
On so many of the blocks of the old sections of the city, and in some of the plazas as well, there are beautiful old and often unusual streetlamps to be seen and admired. Go to Placa Reial for lunch or dinner and admire one of Gaudi’s early achievements which were the streetlamps in that square. Spend a day in the Las Ramblas area and then hop the Metro subway to visit Gaudi’s Sagrada Família at night. I was there in late June and the lights came onto the Familia at 10PM to bath it in a warm golden glow. But across the street, near a fast food restaurant, you’ll find another nice old streetlamp to admire that comes on much earlier.
The streetlamp in this picture was one of the nicest that I saw during my time in Barcelona. It hovers over the La Rambla in a glorious display of metal-sculpturing and fine art. Try not to miss it as I think these little extra-ordinary features that the typical tourist misses are the spice that differentiates a good visit from a great visit.
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