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    Rarely known monuments in Barcelona

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jul 13, 2014

    Barcelona, being the second most populous city in Spain (only after Madrid), has many hidden spots and busts or monuments very curious that tells about its idiosyncrasy and history.
    Very few people know that the sponsor of Antonio Gaudi (Eusebio Güell), was a slave trader (negrero) who trafficked black people from Africa to Cuba and other places in America, getting very rich with that black business, and that is why if you see Güell monument in Gran Via avenue you will find red paintings, symbolizing blood, as a critic to Güell slave activities.
    Many fantastic buildings in Barcelona downtown and in the Costa del Maresme (near Barcelona) have been built thanks to that execrable traffic during the XIX century.
    Also, if you are a good connoisseur of Barcelona, will note Gaudi fantastic dragon made on iron in the Pabellones Güell is a really wonder.
    I have not seen so many monuments devoted to Juan Sebastian Elcano (who after Magallanes death in Philippines finished the first around the world journey in the history of the Humankind) apart from Elcano birth town Guetaria. There are many plaques in Barcelona devoted to our Spanish travelers and conquistadores, who discovered not only America for the Western World, but also the Ocean Pacific (by Núñez de Balboa in 1513) and the Antarctic Continent (by Gabriel de Castilla).
    Yes, Barcelona shows its admiration for the Spanish travelers exploits around the world in form of monuments and plaques on its walls.
    Thanks to our Armenian colony we have a Khachkar in the mountain of Montjuich. It is the second one in Spain, after the one found in Alicante.
    If you are attentive while walking in Barcelona downtown you will see the old map of Barcelona with its walls, Saint Georges killing the dragon, or a thinking bull.

    The Gaudi dragon The slave trader (Eusebio G��ell) The armenian khachkar spanish conquistadores the old wall
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    Casino de Barcelona

    by gwened Written May 16, 2014

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    ok this is for a treat, but its nice with a good restaurant, and events to catch for live music and shows.
    the Casino de Barcelona, for a look at slots machines is nearby at the Port Olympic

    It is a bi level casino quite large with plenty of machines and tables all over. We try blackjack unique with an electronic pad !!
    Great for an evening for something different and good company.

    Casino de Barcelona inside
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  • Archeology:, Iberic sites

    by merak Updated Nov 11, 2013

    A place located high in the hills between Sta. Coloma, Montcada and Badalona.
    Take Metro line 1 to Sagrera, change to line 9 and go to Singuerlín. Then look for buses driving to Can Franquesa (14, 81 and 82) walking to the left uphills. At the top bus stop you walk further on the "nature path" surrounding the hill top. There seems to be a small path to arrive to the excavation site as well. After visiting the site you may go back to the bus you came from or walk in direction Badalona. The mountain is nice to enjoy. On the way you may pass the old monastery Sant Geroni de la Murtra.
    The beach is much cleaner than in Barceloneta/ Vila olimpica. The metro ticket allows you to go even further, until the train station Montgat Nord.

    Badalona is rather nice beach near train station
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    Arc de Triomf

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 28, 2013

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    The Arc de Triomf was built for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona (1888), as its main access gate by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas.
    To the east from Barri Gotico there is Parc de la Ciutadella. In 1889 the World's Exibition took place here. To its opening the Triumphal arch have deen constructed at the entrance into the park. It is decorated by sculptural allegorical bas-reliefs. The arch is built in reddish brickwork in the Neo-Mudéjar style. The front frieze contains the stone sculpture "Barcelona welcomes the nations".

    You can watch my photo of Barcelona on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 23' 29.60" N 2° 10' 47.59" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Arc de Triomf.

    Arc de Triomf
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    The Minor Basilica on Top of Mt Tibadabo

    by riorich55 Written Jun 30, 2012

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    It appears that when most people come to Barcelona they stay a lot closer to the city center then we did. But in our case it was a conscious decision to stay a little farther out from the hustle and bustle of the big city and enjoy some time, especially in the evening, in a nice quiet area. Thus we ended up staying part of the way up on Mt Tibadabo.

    On the top of Mt Tibadabo is a century old amusement park still in operation during weekends during Spring and Summer and a very nice small church, Sagrat Cor, or the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

    I will add more to this tip once I uncover the small brochure I picked up while I was there. In the meantime here are some views from both inside the church. It was actually my favorite of the churches we visited because it was small, with not a lot of people visiting, but still filled with a number of inspirational scenes inside as I hope you can see from the pictures.

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    Rain Forset

    by geordieontour Updated Mar 17, 2012

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    visit the rain forest in CosmoCaixa well worth a visit !!!!!
    and its free with a tourist pass
    Another great day and does not break the bank, again public transport was used. Entrance fee is 3 euros but you can only pay1.5 euro if you book on line
    at book online

    CosmoCaixa offers its visitors a whole host of activities and permanent and temporary exhibitions to give anyone who is interested a greater insight into the world of science.

    Highlights of exhibitions include the Flooded Forest (Bosc inundat), which recreates 1,000 m2 of an Amazonian rainforest ecosystem and features piranhas, crocodiles and other animal and plant species typical to the zone; the Geological Wall, comprising seven spectacular sections of real rock which illustrate the world?s different geological structures; and the Room of Matter, An enthralling journey through the evolution of matter and life on our planet, with experiments, real pieces and living beings. Finally, the Planetarium invites you to take a journey through space and time, past the stars and planets of the firmament.

    Actually Barcelona's science museum offers the temporary exhibitions: "Dinosaures.Tresors del desert del Gobi".

    The CosmoCaixa also offers other areas, exhibitions and activities related with Science for children, adults and families: the Clik and Flash, the Touch, touch!, the Bubble Planetarium and other workshops for families.

    The museum building is just as fascinating as its contents. Cosmocaixa is a beautiful example of modernista architecture, designed and built between 1904 and 1909 by Josep Domènech i Estapà. The modern extension carried out in 2004 highlighted the value of the century-old building while placing it in a new context.

    Address: Isaac Newton, 26
    Town: 08022 Barcelona
    Phone: 932 126 050
    Web site: www.lacaixa.es/obrasocial
    How to get there: Bus 17, 22, 58, 60, 73, 75 and 196. | FGC, stop Av. Tibidabo + Tramvia Blau or bus 196.

    Opening time:
    Tuesday to Sunday & public holidays, from 10am to 8pm. Opens Monday during the Christmas and Easter holidays, and in summer. January 1st & 6th and December 25th, closed.

    Services: Guided tours, car park, cafe, restaurant, bookshop and shop.
    Accessible to people with reduced mobility

    Read more: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/be951/#ixzz1pOkHi0L4

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    Advertising, Barcelona STYLE

    by Martin_S. Written Nov 7, 2011

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    Walking into the square in front of the cathedral we found a camera crew getting ready to shoot an advertising campaign. They had no dearth of spectators, there were hundreds waiting to see what was being done. As you can see they "hung" this model up on the billboard with a special type of harness concealed beneath his clothing. WHAT they were advertising I have NO IDEA, so if anybody sees this ad, let me know.

    We also had a funny incident when we entered the square. The camera crew had just arrived and begun setting up as we arrived. We thought it was a crew filming a travel sequence and did not pay much attention. I stood next to a large billboard, using the billboard as a base to steady my camera for a photo of the cathedral and as I leaned on this enormous billboard, it MOVED.....one of the camera crew ran up to me and said, "Please do not lean on this it is only a flimsy PROP for the filming"....I almost destroyed their stage unknowingly.

    Advertising, Advertising, Advertising, the camera, Barcelona, Spain Advertising, setting up, Barcelona, Spain
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    "Not so central" neighbourhoods

    by Belsaita Updated May 26, 2011

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    There are some very nice areas in town most tourists do miss because these are not right in the center. I do agree these are probably not for a first time visitor with too little time, but once you have seen the "musts", you can reach very interesting places, just 15-20 min. away from Plaça de Catalunya by metro. Some ideas:

    - Les Corts/Sarria/Sant Gervasi: there my favorite is the Monestir de Pedralbes, a Medieval gem. You'll feel as if you were is a different town from the hectic city centre.

    Then, walk down to Bar Tomás in Carrer Major de Sarrià 49 for the (allegedly) best 'patatas bravas" in town and if you have sweet teeth, do not miss Foix de Sarrià in Major de Sarrià, 57

    If you're into sports, the FCB stadium (Nou Camp)is as well in the Les Corts area.

    - Gràcia: I could write pages and pages about my favorite area in town!

    Better go there and discover by yourself. Great shopping and eating. Ultra-modern fashion shops neat to old groceries. Lovely small squares to sit in a cafe seeing the world go by. Alternative clubs. All kind of ethnic restaurants. Traditional food market. All this just 10 min by metro from the city center... please don't tell anybody! ;-)))

    - Sant Marti: this is a very big district, with quite different areas. The Rambla del Poble Nou is great to walk, shop, have a drink or a meal in a traditional Catalan Rambla. You can imagine how the infamous "Las Ramblas" were 50 years ago before being converted on the biggest tourist trap in town. Near the sea end you can visit the Cementiri del Poble Nou (very "Gothic" cemetery with beautiful artworks and tons of history, there are guided visits on Sundays but I believe these are only in Catalan and Spanish). The area known as "22@" (near Plaça de les Glories) is a mix of ultra-hype skyscrapers signed by the most famous contemporary architects (leaded by Jean Nouvel's Torre Agbar ) and old abandoned warehouses. If you want more ultra-modern buildings, take the tram to Diagonal Mar.

    ... and these are just the few places than come to my mind now. Each of these areas deserve a full day exploring. You'll be not bored!

    Happy travels!

    Monestir de Pedralbes
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  • Montjuic Cemetey ( Cementerio del Sudoeste )

    by poztraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On the port side of Montjuic you will find the Cemetery of Montjuic, known previously as Cementerio del Sudoeste. If you want to see a wonderful collection of family crypts and funeral sculptures, this is a must stop. While the lower part of the hill contains the best of lot, the upper reaches contain high-rise like blocks of burial spaces, all made in the identical style.

    One of the largest cemetery that I have had the good fortune of visiting, both in terms of the number of graves and the number of fine sculptures. I would rank it in the same calabur as Pere Lachaise in Paris.

    Opened in 1883, the cemetery contains works by some of Barcelona's well-known Catalan art nouveau architects such as Puig I Cadafalch or Julio Maria Fossas. There is a mixiof art nouveau, Neoclassic, Neogothic, Byzantine and Egyptian styled crypts.

    The cemetery office may have available a map of the best examples, and there is a small sign with a map on the way uphill from the office that shows you where to look and gives details on the sculptor/architect. One guide estimates that 150,000 of the graves have some art or historical interest.

    Located at C/Mare de Deu del Port, 54-58
    08038 BARCELONA and reachable via Bus 38 along the waterfront. The cemetery is large enough to have its own bus line #637 that operates on holidays.

    If you want to go out in style, look for the eviction notices posted on some of the crypts. Like many European cemeteries, if you don't pay the rent, they toss you out and resell the space. It's your chance to get a Modernist designed resting place for eternity.

    In the Northwest corner of the cemetery is a six square kilometers large area, the earlier place for mass graves. The former quarry was converted after 1986 into a memorial place for the victims of the civil war and also contains several other memorials including a Holocaust memorial..

    Batilo Family Pantheon
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    Tarragona - town of Roman times

    by Raimix Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    Tarragona is a town in the south of Catalonian region, with a variety of Roman time buildings left. It is mostly visited for a wonderful cozy old town, full of Roman and medieval things.

    Tarragona was the one of the main Roman colony tows when conquering Spanish territory, so all around was fully equipped with fortified walls, barracks as well as buildings for leisure time – Circus or amphitheatre. I should say it is nice place for a daytrip from Barcelona; it could be nice to overnight here as well.

    Tarragona is about 85 kilometers from Barcelona.

    For further information watch my Tarragona VirtualTourist page.

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    Girona - medieval beauty of North Catalonia

    by Raimix Updated Feb 4, 2011

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    Girona is a one of the biggest towns in Catalonian region, Spain, almost 100 000 people live here.

    Girona was populated by Iberians in old times. Later Romans constructed a castle here. For some time Girona belonged to Visigoths and Moors. Girona got city rights in 11th century by Alfonso I of Aragon declaration.

    Girona is still in its unique medieval feeling, having such nice objects to see as huge Cathedral, Saint Feliu church, medieval city walls, nice Onyar river channel, small medieval narrow streets and so on.

    Girona is about 100 kilometers from Barcelona.

    For further information watch my Girona VirtualTourist page.

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    Gaudi's last workplace

    by berenices Written May 29, 2010

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    When visiting Gaudi's greatest creation, La Sagrada Familia, the immensity and genius of this creation easily overwhelm the visitor, there is almost no place for anything after, and most people miss this almost nondescript area. But just off the Nativity facade is a small building housing the schoolrooms, a structure the Gaudi himself designed. Gaudi was not just an artist nonpareil, with his great skill also came a great heart. He built this building to house the classrooms where the children of the construction workers went to learn their ABCs.

    The most interesting part of this place is a tiny section where Gaudi worked, essentially, his office. It is touching to see this place because they have left it intact, nothing has been moved, and it looks exactly as it did on the day the great man died. It even has his very simple lunch, tied up in a cloth, still hanging there. On his last years, Gaudi lived an ascetic lifestyle, dedicating his entire life now to the construction of the church, and one can see it here. The striking contrast of the flamboyance of his works, and the utter simple life he lived.

    When in the church complex, there is no clear indications leading to this small section, so it can easily be missed, and it is pitiable. Because to appreciate the church fully, one has to know the man as he was, and this is the best way to see it.

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    Happy To Get Lost & Found a Street Name "Barcelona

    by listenandlearn Written Feb 16, 2010

    It was time to walk "Mouchi" and we made few wrong turns and found a street called "Barcelona". This is in Cypress, California"USA". We just had to take a photo and post it on our homepage Barcelona page. We got tired of looking for the street so, we just jumped on to car and use our GPS and found our way.

    Read the name of the Street Yes, you read it right!  It's Barcelona Street Just ready to go shopping.
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    Happy To Get Lost & Found a Street Name "Barcelona

    by listenandlearn Written Feb 16, 2010

    It was time to walk "Mouchi" and we made few wrong turns and found a street called "Barcelona". This is in Cypress, California"USA". We just had to take a photo and post it on our homepage Barcelona page. We got tired of looking for the street so, we just jumped on to car and use our GPS and found our way.

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    Beautiful street numbering signs

    by Joacim Written Jul 21, 2009

    When you are walking around in Barcelona and raise you eyes a little bit you notice a lot of beautiful stuff :) These fantastic street numbering signs is to be found all over Barcelona (even though I photografed these on Carrer Comtal). Different pictures on every sign, lovely way of writing the numbers!

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