Mae West Room
A few steps away is attraction-Mae West Room. Couch shaped like a woman's red lips sat before a nose-shaped fireplace below two abstract paintings. If you climb a staircase and look through a lens the paintings become eyes, sofa lips fireplace nose frames by a giant curtain of hair which frames the small balcony. That is Mae Wast.
Church of Sant Pere
Next to the main entrance of the Dali museum, you can find the Sant Pere church. The view is much nicer if you go the other way around (see picture). It was probably raised on the site of a former early Christian church during the 10th-11th century. Towards the end of the 14th century King Peter the Ceremonious ordered the construction of a new church in Figueres, and a Gothic-style church was raised over the romanesque building. At the end of the 19th century the dome was rebuilt. And also during the Spanish Civil War and WW II, the church was severely damaged.
strolling in the streets
The surrounding streets of the Dali museum are very touristy, with lots of restaurants, small shops, ... It's nice to walk around, because some of the streets are nicely decorated with flowers or trees.
This area reminded me a bit of a Belgian seaside resort, where people take the time to get away from the beach for a couple of hours to see what the city has to offer.
Again, Figueres is ok to have a look around, but half a day will be just fine.
Theatre-Museum Dali - Entrance
The Dali Theater-Museum was the biggest work of the artist's life. It was originally a The Teatro Principal (Principle Theater), which was built in 1849, but was burnt by Franco's Moroccan soldiers during the Civil War in 1939. Dali reconstructed the building into his amazing museum, which opened in September 28, 1974.
This is entrance in Museum. The sculptures you can see, have a bread on their heads. Dali had an obsession with bread. It's very famous his first arrival in America, when he got off the plane with a bread on his head. There are bread reproductions on all the walls of his museum.
Cathedral of Saint Peter
This is Cathedral in which is in 1904 young Dali christened. Come inside and take a look about her interior.
This Cathedral is also Figueres parish church. Probably raised on the site of a former early Christian church, the oldest parts still preserved date from the 10th-11th century in part of wall on the north side with an embrasure at the foot of the belltower. Towards the end of the 14th century King Peter the Ceremonious ordered the construction of a new church in Figueres, and a single-nave Gothic-style church was raised over the Romanesque building, with no cross vault or apse aisle. This is retained to this day in its original form up to where the apse began. In the 18th century a cross vault and polygonal apse were added to it, replacing the former Gothic sanctuary. At the end of the 19th century, in 1895, the dome was rebuilt following a plan by the architect Josep Azemar i Pont. At the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 the church sustained serious damage when it was set on fire and some of its finest features knocked down. Between 1941 and 1948, however, it was rebuilt with stone blocks, the cross vault crowned with an octagonal cupola, following the Gothic style of the former nave and thus achieving a unified, sober and imposing whole.
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Welcome to the world of surrealism
As said in the introduction, the main reason for visiting Figueres is the famous Dali-museum. I like some of his works, but I'm not what you should call a big fan. Nevertheless, I'm glad I saw the museum. There are some amazing pieces of art, like in the main hall a portrait of a nude girl, watching the sea. If you take a little distance, you'll see that the same painting is actually also a portrait of A. Lincoln! Very well done!
The entrance is pretty expensive though, 9 euro! At the moment I was there, it was extremely busy, so this wasn't the ideal moment for a thorough visit. Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed it.
What is it with Catalunya and Ramblas? Third city I visit, third time that I find a Rambla. Oh well, you don't hear me complaining, I really like Ramblas :-)
I found the one in Figueres a very nice one, nicer than the one in Girona for example. There isn't a lot going on, just a big "boulevard", with benches on both sides, for people enjoying the sun and chatting. I find this very relaxing and great to have a rest! Long live the Ramblas :-)
Museu del Joguet
Museu del Joguet is a the Toy Museum of Catalonia and unlike the packed Dali museum here there was no visitors inside!
It opened in 1982 and its collection is big with about 4000 toys covering a long time period and different countries. As in many museums of this kind you get a nostalgic feeling here with all these vintage toys around but it’s always interesting to see alternative versions of toys you had or how they involved through time. There’s a room dedicated to dolls, including one that belonged to Salvador Dali.
Our visit was kind of quick, we did it in about 50’ but it was very peaceful without any other visitors.
The entrance fee is 6 euros (4,5e for studens/older people/children)
From june to september it’s open daily 10.00-19.00 (Sundays 11.00-18.00).
From October to may Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-18.00, Sundays 11.00-14.00, closed on mondays
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Theatre museu Gala Salvador Dali
Theatre museu Gala Salvador Dali is obviously a museum dedicated to Salvador Dali (1904-1989) and his work. In was back in 1974 when he turned the town theatre into his own surrealistic museum. The theater was built in 1849 but was destroyed during the spanish civil war.
The museum is one of the most popular in Spain and it was packed with visitors in late September, I cant imagine how enjoyable must (not) be here during the summer months.
I guess every art fan will enjoy his visit here but I can understand that some people don’t really get excited with the surrealistic universe of the eccentric artist. Although you can see here artworks from other catalan artists the majority belongs to Dali of course but have in mind that some popular works of Dali are located in other museums all over the world but still the museum itself worth a visit as it is part of the art. It’s really funny to see how the collection here is ordered, you get a map at the entrance but after a while we just walked through enjoying what seemed to be interesting to us. There are huge or tiny paintings, jewelry, sculptures and many different installations, don’t miss his obsession with bread. Some of his work are really funny some others just weird but also some rooms with black and white sketches, not really mature but gave us an idea how he was probably trying to figure out what will be the next work.
Pic.2 shows “rainy taxi” (1938) in the central courtyard, put 1 euro and the rain will cover the passengers :)
Pics3 is taken on the central atrium, you can see Abraham Lincoln’s face from a distance but pic 4 reveals that it’s actually a puzzle of smaller paintings :)
Pic.5 shows “Face of Mae West which can be used as an apartment” although what you see here is actually a couch :) Go up the stairs and look again, the paintings on the wall are her eyes, the curtains her hair etc
I was surprised to see they have audio guides in the museum because S.Dali was against any explanation on his work.
The entrance fee is 12 euros, reservations not required but expect huge queue during high season.
No flash photography is allowed.
It’s open daily 9.00-20.00 (july to September), 9.30-18.00 (October, march to june), 10.30-18.00 (November to February)
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The work of Antoni Pitxot
Antoni Pixtot is the director of the museum and was a friend and collaborator of Salvador Dali. The four monsters in the interior courtyard were a collaboration of theirs. I loved this Artist's work! In the museum on one of the upper floors, is a large area where his work is hung. He did a series of very textural paintings of ladies that look like they were made of boulders., as well as some more abstract paintings.
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Dali Theater Museum
An amazing museum that the surrealist artist, Salvadore Dali created to house his work...as well as his remains! He is buried in the heart of this incredible building. This structure was originally the Figueres theater. After it had been ravaged by a fire, Dali had it rebuilt and redesigned into this museum. Some of his paintings, sculptures, jewelery and installation works are here. There is a surprise at every corner. Don't miss the Mae West room, a 3D interpretation of one of his most famous paintings, it's unbelievable!!! Spend a day admiring his unique vision.
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Face of Dalí
The authorities of Figueres know that 99% of visitors come to their town for the famous Dali museum. Salvador Dali is connected with Figueres as he was born here in 1904, studied in Madrid and lived in different cities. In 1974 he turned the town theatre into his own surrealistic museum. He died in Figueres in 1989. Although he was famous as a surrealist painter he was made sculptures, films, took lots of photographs but above all Dali had eccentric behavior with many provoking acts.
So they put this strange installation at the bottom of La Rambla so anyone that walks towards the museum will see it anyway. And as expected everyone takes a picture here :)
There is a stretch of Dali’s face on the ground but it’s distorted, just look at the mirror behind it and you will see it appearing normally.
Entrance into the museum of Salvador Dalie´s
This is museum of very famous artist Salvador Dali. It is in Figueras a city which is not so far from Barcelona. I think, only 2 hours drive with a bus. If you could go to see this museum - use that. Everything is odd build, pictures, atmosphere...
The entry in May 2003. was only 3, 90 euros. This museum was built 1374, on the site of old theatre of Figueras. You can find his deeds from his earliest years to the last years of his life (1904.-1989.)
placa de l’Estacio
Placa de l’Estacio was the first thing we saw when we got out of the train station. It is a triangular square with nothing really special to mention about it apart from a nice small fountain and numerous tall trees that give shade on the sunny days for those that want to relax at the benches of the square. This is the square that you will first see in Figueres if you come by bus too as the bus station is located at the other side of the square.
We liked the fact there were many stalls with locals selling candys, sugarplums, local cheese, honey etc so we had the chance to have something with us while walking around the Old Town.
Apart from visiting the museums we walked a bit through out the city. There are some typical squares, some of them with fountains some others with sculptures or memorials. La Rampla dominates the city centre and was created in early 19th century over the old river that was splitting the town in two.
There are also many narrow streets in Old Town although near the Dali museum is a tourist trap with many café and restaurants hunting for the wallets of the tourists.
We passed by placa de l’Ajuntament where the Town Hall is but also checked some buildings, some of them 100-150 years old but nothing to get excited with. If you are lucky you may attend a local bazaar, openair markets that always give different feeling and vibes.
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