Barcelona feels a bit surreal – appropriate, since Salvador Dali spent time here and Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí designed several of the city’s buildings. Stepping into Gaudí’s Church of the Sacred Family is a bit like falling through the looking glass - a journey that you can continue with a visit to Park Güell. Sip sangria at a sidewalk café in Las Ramblas while watching flamboyant street performers, then create your own moveable feast by floating from tapas bar to tapas bar.
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The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is a monumental church devoted to the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Construction began in 1882, based on plans drawn up by the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, and Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to continue the project in 1883. The Temple has always been an expiatory church, built only from donations. As Gaudi said: "The Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people." In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the site as a minor basilica.
Reserve your ticket online the day before to avoid the lines or missing the Cathedral altogether. The evening is the best when the afternoon light pours through the stained glass You might think for a moment that you are in a forest of dappled light.
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The Palau, an icon of modernist architecture in downtown Barcelona The Palau de la Música Catalana is one of the most representative monuments of the city and It is one of the most recommended tourist attractions of Barcelona. Built between 1905 and 1908 by the great architect Lluis Domènech i Montaner, the Palau de la Música Catalana is an architectural jewel of Catalonia and essential part of any visit to the city, as any of the most fascinating Gaudi buildings. This historical building, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, offers an experience so magical that visitors fall in love with it. From the hand of experienced guides, the wonders of this architectural pearl discovered and visitors into a fantasy world full of details and references to the characteristic nature of modernist architecture. An essential visit in the list of top 10 things to see in Barcelona.
We saved $$ buying concert tickets online for half price.
Only 17 euros for "nosebleed" seats, but since they rarely sell out, you can easily move to better seats on same level after the intermission.
The building is gorgeous, we arrived early so as to walk around and admire the architecture. A couple of ushers were very nice to allow us to tour the inside 30 minutes before the concert, giving us our own tour.
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Stunning outside, unimaginable inside!
Another one of Gaudi's masterpieces, Casa Batllo sticks out like a sore thumb in the best way possible. A really cool and unique looking building that can be admired from the outside and full of interesting history if you choose to buy tickets and take the tour inside.
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Many of the buildings in this neighborhood date back to Roman and medieval times.
Barcelona is a big city and there's lots of places you could stay, so if you don't stay here you will definitely have to make a point of exploring the area or else you will really be missing the point of being in Barcelona.
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One of the most emblematic buildings of the Catalan Gothic. An outstanding church built in the XIVth century with a purity and unity of style that is very unusual in large medieval buildings. You can visit the church during the worship time or enjoy its the beauty and its secrets along the cultural time, when you are almost alone with the building and discover its secrets.
My friends had come from Bilbao to visit so this was the first of our stop on Palm Sunday. The church was filled with tourist & parishioners celebrating.. Located away from the Rambla crowds the basilica has an enormously tall ceiling with columns that seem to reach for the sky. Interesting artworks, the rose window is beautiful & I particularly like the wooden pews.
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This popular food market sells some of the freshest fruit, vegetables and seafood in Barcelona.
It's been a long time since we first visited the market. There's been a few changes, but it's still essentially unchanged, and still fantastic! There have been other markets in Spain and Europe that we've been to, but this is still my favourite!
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Major thoroughfare in Barcelona that is lined with shops, restaurants, bars and some of Gaudí's architectural masterpieces.
Most of the time this is not the place where people with a regular middle income will be able to afford the shops. It's mainly designer shops and the big brands.
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A combination display of water, music and light which was originally built in 1929. It was restored in 1992 and provides a spectacular show every half hour.
The view it offers is amazing but it gets too crowded and frankly the music system could be better. But I do recommend this if you've never seen a musical Fountain ⛲ with different colours before.
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Casa Mila, popularly known as La Pedrera, is a most unusual building, constructed between 1906 and 1912 by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) and declared UNESCO World Heritage in 1984. Today it is the headquarters of Fundacio Catalunya La Pedrera and houses a cultural centre that is a reference point in Barcelona for the range of activities it organises and the different spaces for Exhibitions and other public uses it contains. A visit to La Pedrera, landmark building and container, gives us a better understanding and appreciation of architecture and transports us to the period when Antoni Gaudi lived.
Yes, he can design residences for mortals as well as gods. Afternoon light is better for photos. We enjoyed it from the street, avoiding the crowds over running the place. It was Easter weekend so the crowds might have been a typically huge.
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This gigantic stadium is the largest soccer stadium in Europe, with a Seating capacity of 100,000.
I am not a big fan of football, but this experience was wonderful, as i watched my boys enjoying the visit , and the stadium is amazing
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