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    The grand doorway

    by Joacim Updated Nov 15, 2013

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    This beautiful arch was built for the 1888 Universal Exposition, which took place at the Parc de la Ciutadella. The Arc de Triomf, situated at the end of a wide promenade, served as the exposition's main entrance.

    The design by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas stands out from other well-known arches - in particular the Arc de Triomphe in Paris - by its colorful brickwork in mudéjar style, a style which has its origins in Moorish architecture. The arch is decorated with stone carvings. The front frieze by Josep Reynés shows the city of Barcelona welcoming visitors. The other side, designed by Josep Llimona shows a prize-giving ceremony.

    The crown of the arch is adorned with a stone carving of the Coat of Arms of Barcelona. All the other Spanish provinces are represented as well on either side of the crown. The arc is also adorned with twelve statues of women, symbolizing fame.

    It is a masterpiece and walking through it always makes me smiling thinking of all the people walking through here over time. Wonder what an estimate should be if you try t calculate.

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    Arc de Triomf

    by ValbyDK Written Nov 1, 2013
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    The Arc de Triomf (the Triumphal Arch) is a 30 meters tall monument which is built in Neo-Mudéjar style and filled with interesting stone carvings, tiles, statues, and other decorations.

    The arch is located just outside Parc de la Ciutadella – and was built in 1888 as the main access gate for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona which took place at the park. There is a wide promenade – with some cool iron cast lamp posts - leading from the arch to the park...

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    Arch of Victory

    by muratkorman Written Jul 21, 2012

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    This arch was built as the main entrance to the Universal Exhibition held in Parc de la Ciutadella in 1888. There are angels on the arch and it has become quite a landmark in Barcelona. While you visit the park, you can also take some nice pictures along the way.

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    Arc de Triomf

    by barbskie Written Jul 13, 2012

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    This beautiful arch was built for the 1888 Universal Exposition, which took place at the Parc de la Ciutadella. It is situated at the end of a wide promenade, served as the exposition's main entrance.

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    Arc de Triomf: Worth A Detour

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jun 16, 2012

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    While not located close to other sites in Barcelona, the Arc De Triomf is worth a quick stop coming from the La Sagrada de Familia.

    The Arch was built for the 1888 Universal Exposition and served as an entrance point to the grand promenade or entrance to the exposition. It was designed by the artist Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas. It is unique from other arches because of its detailed brickwork and carvings. The arch is decorated with a stone like carving of a coat of arms under which each province of Spain is shown. There is a metro stop that is located close by the arch.

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    by Martin_S. Written Nov 7, 2011

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    A pleasant place for a walk in the afternoon or evening. Take the red metro line and get off at the Arc de Triomf station. We returned by walking through the Riberia district and back to Jaume I station. You can also walk from there through Parc de la Ciutadella (possibly visit some of the museums there) and down to the waterside and the Olympic Parc.
    What I especially like about are the details, even the street lamp posts are done with a flair for design, nothing simple like a bare aluminum pole with a light stuck on top, no here they have benches below and an intricate web of metal above.
    The Arc de Triomf itself is not actually a "trimphal" arc, but was built for the world exposition in 1888. You can read more of the motifs and design at the attached web site:
    http://www.barcelona.de/en/barcelona-arc-de-triomf.html

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    by Airpunk Written Oct 7, 2011
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    It's not as well known and not as Martial as its larger brother in Paris, but it's nevertheless a beautiful piece of art. Barcelona's Arc de Triomf was built for the world exposition in 1888 and stands for the triumph of technology and civilization. The arch is a red brick structure, designed by Josép Villaseca and stands in the Parc de la Ciutadella. Figures from classic European civilizations like Greece and Rome are shown on the arch, depicting arts and trades. Other details on the arch are the coats of arms of Barcelona of all Spanish provinces. Four different artists worked on them.

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    "9" ARC DE TRIOMF

    by balhannah Written Aug 18, 2011

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    Something I didn't expect to see, was The large Arc de Triomf. We came out of the Park of the Ciutadella and then proceeded walking along a wide Promenade lined with beautiful street lamps. [check the photo's]
    Along the way, we came across the Red Moorish styled Arch. It was built in 1888. The front frieze contains the stone sculpture "Barcelona welcomes the nations." The opposite frieze contains a stone carving named "Recompense.'

    The arch is located between Passeig de Lluís Companys and Passeig de Sant Joan, at the end of a wide promenade connecting with the Park of the Ciutadella.
    I am so glad we decided to walk this area instead of staying on the Bus, why don't you do the same?

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    Triumphal arch

    by Raimix Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    Triumphal Arch was designed as a invitation point to 1888 World Exhibition. It was designed by Josep Vilaseca I Casanovas. As it seems, even from far away, the arch is not a local style, but oriental. Architect used Moors brick architecture here. The Triumphal Arch is also decorated by statues symbolizing craft, industry and trade.

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    Arc de Triumf – Triumphal Arch

    by grayfo Written Nov 5, 2010

    This gateway to the 1888 World Fair was designed by Josép Vilaseca in reddish brickwork in the Moorish Revival style. The coats-of-arms representing all the Spanish provinces were placed around it, with Barcelona's in the middle, in place of honour.

    There are four statues of women on the sides of the arch symbolising fame, along with other stone carvings that represented other countries' participation in the Expo. Across the front is the inscription "Barcelona rep les nacions (Barcelona Welcomes The Nations)".

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    by Sergiods Written Nov 1, 2010
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    Built as the archway entrance for the 1888 Universal Exhibition, the arch is found at a large promenade leading up to the Park of the Ciutadella. Across the front it reads "Barcelona Welcomes The Nations".

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    Brick Beauty

    by Inna_S Written Nov 23, 2009

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    This, to me, was worth a look because all the monumental arcs I've seen before have been made of white stone. The one in Barcelona was constructed in the late 1800's. It's made primarily of red brick and has a Moorish appearance, which was a nice surprise.
    There is a palm-lined promenade between the arc and Parc de la Ciutadella— makes for a pleasant evening stroll.

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    Arc de la Triomf in Barcelona, Spain

    by littlesam1 Written Sep 18, 2009

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    Many cities have Triumphal Archs. The most famous is in Paris. But I have seen them in cities ranging from New York to Marseilles. The Arc de la Triomf in Barcelona, Spain is very beautiful but much much smaller than the one in Paris. It was originally build to be part of the grand entrance to the Exhibition of 1888 held in Barcelona. There are also numerous monuments and statues lining the walk to the Arc that are worth seeing and investigating.

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    by Avieira67 Updated Jul 26, 2009

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    This amazing arch, designed by the architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas and built as the main entry to the Barcelona Universal exhibition, is situated at the end of a wide promenade, going to the Parc de la Ciutadella, were took place the exhibition in 1888.

    The brick design has a series of embossed images that depict allegorical scenes of industry, traditional craft work and business. The front frieze was designed by Josep Reynes and represents the city of Barcelona welcoming visitors to the Exhibition fair. The opposite frieze contains a stone carving named "Recompense", a work from the earliest period of Josep Llimona.

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    Not the same as the one in Paris!

    by ettenaj Written May 7, 2009

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    We went to see this monoment on our last night in Barcelona, not very impressive after you have seen the one in Paris. But a nice night was had as we ate supper in a typical Spanish bar, overlooking the Arc.

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