This monastery was founded in 1326.
Here you can visit the cells, the infermary, the refectory, the kitchen and the church. This monastery also houses the Collection Thyssen Bornemisza; with paintings by Tiziano, Canaletto, Velasques and others.
Address; Baixada del Monestir, 9. Nearest metro station; Maria Cristina.
Located in Palau National, this museum is primarily dedicated to Catalan visual art. The National Art Museum of Catalonia was established in 1990 and it was occasioned by the reunion of the collections of the former Museu d'Art de Catalunya, Museu d'Art Modern, The museum opened its door to public for the first time in 1995, with the Romanesque art section. The official inauguration of the museum with all its collection occurred in 2004 in presence of the King and Queen of Spain.
There are numerous sections in the National Art Museum of Catalonia and these sections focus on different aspect of art. The major sections of the museum are sections dedicated to Romanesque art, Gothic art, Renaissance and Baroque art, Modern art and the museum also boasts of a collection known as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
This palace was donated by the family Guell to the king for having made count their father; Eusebi Guell.
Here you can visit two museums. The Museu de les Arts Decoratives, with furniture as far back from the middle ages to the 20th century and the Museu de la Ceramica, with works from the XI century.
Address; Av. Diagonal, 686. Nearest metro station; Palau Reial.
How did chocolate get to Europe?
Barcelona, entry port of chocolate into Europe.
The first shipment of cacao left with 'viento chcolatero'("chocolate wind" - name given in Mexico to the most favourable to navigate northern breezes) and arrived to Spain starting in 1520, a year after the arrival of Corte's to Mexico. A cistercian monk shipped it along with the chocolate recipe to the abbot of the Monasterio de Piedra in Aragon.
In this museum you can trace the origins of this fundamental foodstuff and admire CHOCOLATE models of building such as L Pedrera and La Sagrada Familia.
Watch the audio-visual and interactive presentations (English language is an option).
HOW IS CACAO TRANSFORMED?
a long process
After the harvest, the "beneficiary" of the cacao follows, which implies the following phases:
* With fermentation, which is produced when wrapping the beans with Banana tree leaves, the temperature rises up to 50 degrees celsius.
The pulp leftover is eliminated, it hardens and the essential oils - which eliminate the bitter taste - are developed. They develop their brown colour and its characteristic smell start forming.
* Humidity is eliminated with the drying and its conservation is assured. The internal fermentation continues, diminishing the bitter taste and developing its aroma. It can be done in the sun or artificially by means of blown air.
* Last, Cacao is cleaned, selected and classified before packaging, therefore ready for exportation.
If you go to Passeig de Gracia area and walk down from Plaza Catalunya towards Diagonal you no doubt will be attracted by Gaudi masterpieces, and those whose mind is in other things - by the excellent shopping opportunities. However, when you've passed both Gaudi buildlings and some shops, you just need to turn right to the street Victoria to find a wonderful little gem of a museum - museum of Egyptian art which is not very large and thus very managable, and it doesn't seem to draw huge crowds, so you can get some peace and quiet in its cool halls exploring the objects ranging from jewellery to mummies to coffins, etc. When I came there, it turned out I was the only visitor at that particular time, and you know what - if felt wonderful, to have the whole museum just to myself!
The Palau Reial de Pedralbes used to be a residence of the royal families that stayed in Bercelona. It was built in 1924. The building has a strong southern exterior and a lovely garden around it. The gardens are designed by “Rubió i Tudurí” and the fountain in the front is made by Gaudi.
Since 1990 the palace is a ceramic museum with the largest collection of Spanish pots, from the 11th century up to modern pottery. Art made by Picasso and Miró are the most famous pieces in the museum.
Avenida Diagonal 686
Metro: Line 3: Palau Reial
tuesday - saturday: 10:00 - 18:00
sunday: 10:00 - 15:00
Entrance fee: €3,50
Yes, this is a hearse museum! It might sound odd or creepy but this is one of the most intriguing collections I've ever seen. It occupies the basement of a nondescript office building next door to the city's funerary services. You ask at reception to view the collection, wait to be escorted to a tiny elevator, then look in amazement as the door opens onto a well-designed display. There are carriages dating back to the 18th century, complete with horses and footmen, decked out in period costume, as well as photographs from the mid 19th century of the actual carriages in procession.
Don't be timid, it is truly worth it!
Should not be off the beaten path but I meet any nunber of people who have not been on a visit to the Palau de Musica just a bit up from the cathedral - and it is amazing.
The Monastery of Pedralbes is also worth seeing but its about half an hour on a bus. (photo)
MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Comtemporary Art) Is hidden inside The raval, a marvelous structure that keeps a decent colection and helds regular exhibitions and cultural events. This museum is part of a cultural complex that offers great cultural experiences on a regular matter.
This museum is situated in the area of "pueblo espanol"
You can enjoy some works of Picasso and specailly dont miss the work of josep Guinovart
(1927 born in Barcelona )
Unfortunately this place is only open in the mornings and I passed by in the afternoon but its in a beautiful 14th century building and is definitely on my list of must-sees for when I go back.