Bridge of Sighs - Pont dels Sospirs, Barcelona
Neogothic Pont dels Sospirs or Bridge of Sighs connects the eastern wall of Palau de la Generalitat and western wall of Casa del Canonges (House of Cannons). Previously, there were many other bridges of this kind over Carrer del Bisbe but they were destroyed. This one was built after their destruction in XX century. These bridges were built so that city lay and ecclesiastic elites could travel from official building without interacting with citizens and to avoid any physical contacts with burghers. Although this is not original gothic structure it is no worse than best examples of gothic architecture made in XV century. That’s why this is one of many “must see” places in Barcelona.
This old medieval part of the city is very popular with tourists.
It is an area that needs to be discovered by foot. I think you should take some time and walk around these narrow streets and squares in order to experience its beauty and charm.
In this area you will find the Cathedral (Santa Església Catedral Basilica de Barcelona), the Pont dels Sospirs (Bridge of Sighs), Plaça Reial and many, many more.
This is one of my favourite parts of Barcelona and is of of the main things Barcelona is all about. The streets are old, and the houses are pretty ,and well, Gothic I suppose!
What you can see in the photo is the 'bridge' Carrer de Bisbe on Calle Bisbe which near San Jaume. It is probably the most photographed street in the barri Gotic and the are always street musicians surrounding it. I don't mean any old busker, but classy street musicians playing expensive musical instruments. Maybe they are students, otherwise they don't look short of a few bob. In any case they don't bother you and instead add to the mysterious and enchanting feel of the gothic streets.
Barri Gotico is a most interesting area so full of dark cool and atmospheric streets. This place is full of tiny shops and quaint restaurants. There are many things to see in the laberinth of tiny streets which will lead you through a very interesting area. Visit the copied Bridge of Sighs taken from the one in Venice but a lot more recent it was only built around the 1920's when this style once again became popular. The narrow streets have houses with ornate balconies but I suspect they will not get much sunshine.
One of my favourite parts of the city centre was around the Barri Gotic, or Gothic Quarter, located just to the east side of Las Ramblas. Its a maze of little back streets and gothic and neo gothic architecture. Definitely worth a stroll round, although be sure to take a map with you as it would be easy to get disoriented around here. I ended up here every day of my stay in Barca, at one point or another. The main picture here is of the Bridge of Sighs, a copy of the one in Venice. Although it looks gothic in style it was actually only built in about the 1920s when that style became popular again and this area went under some extenisive restorations. It still looks cool though!
Although I found the Barri Gottico a bit too touristy, it did have some interesting architecture. I think I read somewhere that this section really isn't that old, but was rather designed to look old, and had been built or rebuilt after the Spanish Civil War. Regardless of its history or lack of history, a casual observer should enjoy the intricate stonework and carefully crafted architecture.
This bridge is probably the most often photographed segment in the neighborhood.
You don't care the Neo-Gothic bridge, or The Cathedral( since it's on building, and U cant
see much from outside) , But it's always a good exp to get lost during walking around
Barri Gotico with full of peculiar building and unexpecting wall-painting along the street
This area contains gothic buildings that mark the zenith of the city and it’s culture in the middle ages. It also contains the remains of the ancient fortifications and palaces which the Romans built. The gothic quarter is worth spending time just wandering around the narrow streets. We really loved it!! And if you walk up the street to the right of the cathedral there is a rather charming little decorative bridge.
You may cover some of the 3/4 typical itineraries that are commonly done. First one is center of the city (Pza Catalunya) and Old Town, founded by romans on 2th century BC. It's easy to guess the shape of the Walls despite there are few remains of it today. What you see on the picture is the Gothic Bridge next to Roman City Center (today's Pza Sant Jaume)
See the map below to the pictures to see interesting locations here.
Inside the Barri Gotico is the Bridge of Sighs which is a copy of the original one in Venice. I have not been to Venice and so i enjoyed looking at it.