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

Casa Mila  - Barcelona 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.
Indigenous people of Barcelona are very gallant and very serious. They are open for communication and have a wonderful sense of humor. The locals are very friendly to visitors and will … 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
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As you know, Barcelona is one big attraction, and this is confirmed by the numerous interesting buildings that you meet at every step. Among them is Mabarcelone, one of the best works of Gaudi. There is also the Torre Bellesguard, built by this great architect. It is a bit different in style from his main works which makes it the more remarkable. There is also a reminder of the ancient Roman times in the capital of Catalonia. The Roman fort located in the Gothic Quarter serves as an evidence of this. Please note that it is however easy to miss, but the building a priori deserves a visit.
Masia Freixa Placa Espanya is a place where you can take a walk forever. It attracts hundreds of tourists and locals with its interesting design, architecture and exquisite high fountain. Another fountain also known to capture everyone’s attention is the Font Magica. It is located on the Placa Carles Buigas, one of the most romantic places in the capital of Catalonia. It is a good idea to throw a coin here, at least in order to take another look at the enchanting dance of water. The magnificent Basilica de Santa María del Mar church, located in the Gothic Quarter, will be a real present for those who are crazy about the majestic interior decoration of buildings.
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Calatrava Tower, built for the 1992 Olympic Games, is still an impressive structure from the moment it is first seen. It looks particularly amazing from a distance. It seems like an invisible defender of the city. The unique building Casa Amatller being a fusion of Gothic and modern styles, will definitely be liked by everyone, but it is the architects who will be particularly delighted. That is because this is almost the ideal building in every aspect. You should definitely check out why. The building was constructed in 1875. On the first floor, there is a gallery, as well as a pylorus room with the best stained glass windows of the modern era.
Barcelona port For those who wish to discover a different side of the hometown of Montserrat Caballe, the following architectural monuments are worth visiting: first and foremost these are bomb shelters that have been preserved in Barcelona since the Civil War in Spain. One of these facilities is open for viewing and is located at la Plaza del Diamante. Museu Eròtic de Barcelona is a unique cultural institution for Spain. Only here in the capital of Catalonia, will you find an institution of this kind. Among its exhibits are clothes and sculptures, reflecting the history of the most pleasant pastime since ancient Egypt.
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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.

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;
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;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Barcelona
♥   Palace 'Palau Reial Major' Barcelona, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya' , 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palau Güell' , 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Barcelona and around
♥   Art museum 'Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art' Barcelona, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Fundació Antoni Tàpies' Barcelona, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museu Picasso' Barcelona, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Fundació Joan Miró' Barcelona, 2.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museu Nacional d Art de Catalunya' Barcelona, 2.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Barcelona. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Barcelona: temples, 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! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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