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Culture of Barcelona. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Barcelona - Montjuic Barcelona is a true paradise for lovers of excursions and exciting trips. The territory of the city features almost an infinite number of historical and architectural attractions, cultural institutions and parks for hiking. The opening of one of the most exciting entertainment venues took place in 1996. This is a large Aquarium, which is located in the port area of the city. It is considered one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe.
Barcelona attracts a huge number of fans of outdoor activities. Here travelers can try most original and unforgettable entertainments. The coastal zone is simply perfect for water sports. … Open
Music lovers should definitely visit Palace of Music, the hall of which can accommodate up to 1700 guests. The building of the palace is of a great interest from an architectural point of view as well. The unique design of its rooms implemented in a modern style deserves only the highest praise. The palace is the venue for various concerts for over a hundred of years. Among other monuments worth mentioning is Batlló House (Casa Batllo), which facade is distinguished by the unusual decoration. The most striking religious monument of the city is a beautiful church named Sagrada Familia. This church is more famous under the name Cathedral of the 20th century. The construction of the cathedral started in 1883 and lasted until 1926 - the chief manager of the project, Antonio Gaudi, died on that year. After that the construction of the cathedral was suspended, and it was resumed not so many years ago.
The excursion to Historical Museum (Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat) will leave only positive memories. This museum is located in an old palace of the 15th century. In the museum you will see most unusual collections - kitchen utensils, historical artifacts, ancient paintings and portraits of famous people of Catalonia. Fans of ecotourism will definitely enjoy a walk in the foothills of Montseny. A beautiful National Park is located here, so you will find numerous hiking trails in the region. The city also has many interesting places for hiking. Guell Park is one of them. It is located on the territory of Chinatown, which had a bad reputation a hundred years ago. Today this is a wonderful park with unique statues, fountains and miniature buildings. The park is an important landmark of the international level and is included in the UNESCO list. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Museu Nacional d Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

» Museu Nacional d Art de Catalunya was created by merger of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Art of Catalonia.
» The Romanesque Collection of the museum is considered one of the most complete in the world. It was formed on the basis of the unique Romanesque frescoes department; they are exposed at an appropriate architectural background.
» That’s the largest museum of Catalonia and the most important center of Spanish painting in the world.
» The museum is located at the foot of Montjuic at the National Palace built in 1929.
» If you delve into the history, then you can see that this museum was opened in 1934. However, the Spanish Civil War affected the activities of the museum, and the later was closed after having existed for only about two years.

Church of the Sacred Heart, Barcelona

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Church of the Sacred Heart is located at the top of Tibidabo and is visible from any point of Barcelona. Above the temple stands the statue of Christ embracing the whole world.
» The Church of the Sacred Heart at the moment is the building consisting of at least two parts. The lower part looks like a fortress wall (it’s built of Montjuic stone), and the upper is a church in the Gothic Revival style.
» Due to the fact that the facade of the temple is constructed in a special way, it seems that the building tends directly to heaven. The building of the church is decorated with magnificent statues of the Apostles, the Virgin Mary and patron saints of Catalonia.
» The place for the erection wasn’t chosen occasionally, as the name of the mountain Tibidabo comes from the Latin phrase ‘give you’ and is a string of the Gospel. It means all earthly pleasures and wealth offered when Satan tempted Christ.

Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona

» The Barcelona Cathedral is dedicated to St. Eulalia, a young girl who was tortured and martyred for Christian faith.
» That’s the main religious building in Barcelona.
» The most valuable relic of the Barcelona Cathedral are relics of Saint Eulalia buried under the main altar; if you push the 50-cent coin in the slot, the sarcophagus will light with fires.
» The painted wooden sarcophagus is set on the stand at the south wall. According to the legend, it belongs to Ramon Berenguer I, Count of Barcelona, and his wife.
» The chapel stores the most revered image of Christ, Holy Christ of Lepanto, that was on the ship of Juan of Austria at the battle of Lepanto.

Columbus Monument, Barcelona

» Columbus Monument is the grandiose monument established in honor of the discoverer of the Americas, Christopher Columbus.
» The monument is situated at the site where Columbus returned from his first voyage to America. The monument is a reminder of Columbus visit to Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand II in Barcelona.
» The word ‘Tierra’ is engraved on the pedestal; it’s translated from Spanish as ‘land’.
» There is an elevator inside the main column of the monument. You can climb to the statue itself, where a site next to Columbus provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the panoramic view of Barcelona from a height of over 40 meters.
» Like all art, a monument to Columbus generates a lot of controversy and legends. The main question that plagues all the tourists and residents of Barcelona is a place, where Columbus points the finger of his right hand. Many believe that Columbus shows at New World, which he was able to open. Some claim that Columbus is pointing with his finger towards the East, to his homeland, the city of Genoa.
» The monument is set on an octagonal pedestal, the corners of which are decorated with bronze figures of the goddess of victory. Portraits of people who have played an important mission in the life of Christopher Columbus and his travels are seen at the rear of the pedestal.
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Olympic Stadium, Barcelona

» Olympic Stadium is the multi-sport stadium in Barcelona that was the main arena of the Summer Olympic Games in 1992.
» The stadium is named in honor of Lluis Companys, the President of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War.
» For the first time the Olympic Games were to be held at the stadium in 1936, as an alternative to the Olympic Games, organized by the Nazis in Berlin.
» The day before the opening of the Olympic Games (17 July) there was the signal for a coup organized by General Franco. That’s the well-known phrase, ‘Above all Spain cloudless sky.’
»  Many years later, when the Olympic Games were held in Barcelona in 1992, the central part of the sports arena at Montjuic became the main venue of the Olympic Games. Olympic ring, raised here, included the most important and impressive sports facilities.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Barcelona

Sagrada Família
Where: C. Mallorca 401, Barcelona;
Nou Camp
Where: Avinguda d’Arístides Maillol, Barcelona;
Espai Gaudí – La Pedrera
Where: Provença 261-265, Barcelona;
MACBA
Where: Plaça dels Àngels, 1, Barcelona;
Palau de la Música Catalana
Where: C/ Palau de la Música 4-6, Barcelona; Telephone: +34 902 442 882; Metro: Urquinaona;
Santa Maria del Mar
Where: Plaça Santa Maria 1, Barcelona; Metro: Jaume I;
Parc de Collserola
Where: C/l’Església 21, Barcelona; Telephone: +34 932 803 552;
L’Aquarium de Barcelona
Where: Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, Barcelona; Telephone: +34 932 217 474;
Picasso Museum
Where: Montcada 15-23, Barcelona; Telephone: +34 932 563 000;
Maritime Museum
Where: Avenida de les Drassanes s/n, Barcelona; Telephone: +34 933 429 920;
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Culture guide to Barcelona. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Barcelona: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Barcelona. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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