Works by A. Gaudi, Sights and Views
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is the capital and cultural centre of Catalonia and with 1.6 million inhabitants
it is the second largest city of Spain. Moreover, this marvellous
city on the Spanish Mediterranean coast is an important industrial and
The city’s history began over 2000 years ago, in 133 BC with a Roman
colony which the emperor Augustus later called Barcino, and which in the
Middle Ages turned into Barcinona. In the course of its changeful
history, Barcelona was conquered by the Visigoths, the Moors and
the Franconias, .fell to the Kingdom of Aragonien in 1137, belonging then
to the Spanish Crown and was, in the 18th century, temporarily occupied
by French troops. Thus the city developed, under the most varied
cultural and political influences, into a cosmopolitan and cultural centre.
Casa Mila (La Pedrera)
Barcelona is a charming city. The multi- faceted townscape,
which presents an abundance of architectural masterpieces from different
epochs – elegant boulevards and squares as well as lovely parks and castles
– is enhanced by its picturesque situation by the sea, set against a background
of the Coliserola mountain ranges. Surrounding hilltops offer spectacular
views over the city. Also the coastline with beaches, promenades,
and in particular Port Vell, the old harbour,
and the works by the Antoni Gaudi ,
are special highlights for every visitor.
Antoni Gaudi (1852 – 1925) was an architect of incredible ingenuity
and creativity and contrived highly original designs. Nature was
of the utmost significance for him (“Everything comes from the book of
Characteristic features are curved lines, the parabolic arch,
irregular ground plans, diagonal buttresses, colourful mosaics and nature
orientated motifs, often from the marine world. His architectural
style is classified as Modernism, a Catalan variety of Art Nouveau – unique
Seven of his works are on the world
heritage list of the UNESCO The most famous of his
works is the still unfinished church Sagrada Familia
(Holy Family) which became the landmark of the city.
Casa Mila (La Pedrera), Casa Batllo and
the Park Güell are
a MUST if you visit Barcelona.
In the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), the
historic Old Town, numerous beautiful medieval cultural monuments can be
found, such as the cathedral of the Holy Eulalia,
the Placa del Rei (King's Square) with its arcades and palms, the Frederic
Mares Museum and the Ajuntament (City Hall).
An ideal starting point for all kinds of sightseeing
is the Placa de Catalunya, a centrally located traffic junction
and the beginning of probably the most well known boulevard of the city:
La Rambla (“Street to the sea) is a 1.2
km long tree lined pedestrian mall which leads from the centre through
the old part of the town up to the Christopher Columbus
monument at the old harbour, Port Vell.
It is the emotional hub of Barcelona and usually full of life. In diifferent
sections florists, dealers selling birds and small animals, painters, road
artists and of course lots of mimes can be found.; also open air cafes
and restaurants where one can pause for refreshment. In the Rambla there
are also plenty of shops, the well known market, Mercat de la Boqueria,
and the world famous opera house Gran Teatre dei Liceu; further la placa
del Rei can be accessed from there.
The Rambla leads into the Placa del Portal de la Pau, in the middle
of which is a statue of Christopher Columbus. There are also the medieval
royal shipyards, the Drassanes, which accommodate today the naval museum,
the Museu Maritim.
We stayed at Nouvel Hotel, conveniently placed in a quiet side street
near Placa de Catalunya and only 50m away from the Boulevard La Rambla
and were very satisfied with it
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