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Barcelona, a place to return
There is no doubt the Mediterranean city has achieved to be loved by half of the world. Thanks to its many tourist attractions and its orderly “Eixample”. The city was able to transform its physiognomy by opening up to the sea, to show its best version to the world in 1992, when it hosted the Olympic Games.
Barcelona is, nowadays, an open, welcoming, inclusive, multicultural city and, above all, a friendly city to the traveler, who finds here a place where he/she will always want to come back. Its world-renowned gastronomy, its nice climate all year round and its wide range of cultural activities, make it the ideal city for visitors.
Placed in one of the most important commercial street of the city, Paseo de Gracia has many buildings of cultural interest. The architect, Antoni Gaudí, built some of the city's most emblematic modernist buildings on this central boulevard: Casa Milà (popularly known as La Pedrera) and Casa Batlló, designed at the architect's artistic peak – first decade of the 20th century, which found its inspiration in the nature's elements.
The masterpiece of the architect Antoni Gaudí.
Begun in 1882 and still under construction due to its architectural majesty, it will become, once finished, the tallest Christian church in the world. A true emblem of the city, it is the maximum exponent of Catalan modernist architecture.
Was designed by the architect Josep Vilaseca for the Universal Exhibition in 1888, and was the gateway to the fairgrounds. Located on Passeig Lluís Companys, Barcelona's Arc de Triomf is 30 meters high. Vilaseca was inspired by the neo-Mudéjar style, and many artists collaborated with him on the sculptural ornamentation.
This 57-metre-high sculpture pays tribute to the discoverer and navigator Cristóbal Colón. Located at the end of Barcelona's emblematic Ramblas, opposite the Port Vell, which was inaugurated on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1888. With its little finger pointing out to sea, the Monument to Colón, involved the participation of several artists in its construction.
The emblematic Torres Venecianas, emblem of the start and finish line of the Zurich Marató de Barcelona, were built as the gateway to the Universal 1929 Universal Exhibition. Today, they indicate the end of the Avenue María Cristina, which at the opposite end has the Magic Fountain. Built by Carles Buïgas, also on the pretext of the Universal Exhibition. It is the city's greatest spectacle of light, water, music and colour. Located at the foot of the MNAC (Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña), these fountains represent the main element of a show of water and light that occupies the entire Avenida Mª Cristina.