Barcelona City

Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia. Its located between the rivers of the Llobregat and the Besňs on the Mediterranean coast. It has a population of just over 1.6 million residents. Barcelona is known for its beautiful Mediterranean beaches, a large network of parks and a beautifully diverse collection of historical landmarks. It also is home to world famous museums, its sporting events and entertainment venues. Barcelona also has a large variety of hotels for visitors to check into. These include such favorites as the Olivia Palace, Hotel Arts Barcelona, Hotel Jazz, Grupotel Gravina and the Hesperia Sant Joan Suites. There are also a number of smaller hotels and boarding houses that the average traveler can stay at for his or her visit to Barcelona.

One of the most popular tourist attraction in Barcelona is the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, known simply as the Sagrada Familia. Currently under construction and not scheduled to be finished until the year 2041, it is already one of the cities most visited sites. The Sagrada Familia is a church that seems to be on a never ending schedule of construction. Construction on the church originally began in 1882. Since then the constructing has started and stopped numerous times for a variety of reasons, the most prominent being the partial destruction of one of its towers during their civil war in 1936. Parts of the Sagrada Familia is open to the public, despite its partial completion. Visitors can take a trip to the top of one of its towers and get a fantastic view of Barcelona. There is also a crypt where the original architect, Antoni Gaudi is housed. A museum of his life is also available there.

Another major attraction in Barcelona is not a museum or church, but a street named La Rambla. This famous street connects a busy square named Plaça de Catalunya to the Columbus Monument. This street is divided into five distinct sections which include the Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla dels Estudis, Rambla de Sant Josep,Rambla dels Caputxins and the Rambla de Santa Monica.

The Columbus Monument is a structure that stands almost two hundred feet high and commemorates Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America. It features a twenty-one foot high statue of the famous explorer. There is also a platform where visitors can get an excellent view of the Port Vell.

The Plaça de Catalunya is a huge square located in Barcelona. It functions both as a hub for the cities various transportation lines, and as a gathering point for the citizens. Here visitors can find many beautiful fountains and statues. Its also an excellent location to people watch.

While visiting Barcelona, don’t forget to check out the Montjuďc. This is a hill that contains a number of attractions such as Montjuďc Castle and the Spanish Village.A main attraction on Montjuic is the Palau Nacional or National Palace. This was the central pavilion of the 1929 International Exhibition and contains the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. In this museum visitors can see a great number of artistic works in the Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic styles. Located in front of the National Palace is the Magic Fountain, otherwise known as Font Mŕgica. Adjacent to the Magic Fountain is the pavilion named Mies van der Rohe Pavilion. This pavilion was also built for the 1929 International Exhibition by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. This building is made of several different varieties of colored marble intertwined with glass and steel. A reflecting pool is located in the center with a large statue in the center.

Other prominent attractions on Montjuic include the Poble Espanyol or Spanish Village, Anella Olímpica and Montjuďc Gardens.A sight not to be missed on Montjuic is the Castell de Montjuďc. This is a large fortress built during the 18th century. This fortress was originally built to defend Barcelona but is now used as a historical military museum. One of the most interesting parks in the world calls Barcelona home. Its called the Parc Guëll. It was originally opened in 1922 and remainsa popular attraction in the city. The park is populated with various pavilions, and also contains the Gaudi Museum.

Another interesting landmark in Barcelona is the Arc de Triomf. This historic arch was built in 1888 for the Universal Expo. It is designed in the Moorish architectural design and contains some fascinating, as well as colorful brickwork. The arch is adorned with a dozen statues as well as the coat of arms for the city of Barcelona. Designed by one of the most revered and important modern architects is Casa Batlló. This house was built in 1875 and is considered a master piece of modern architecture. It features a reptile like roof and the interior is all but devoid of any straight lines or angles which gives it a fluid like flow.

Dominating the Barcelona skyline is its newest addition to its already formidable collection of attractions, Torre Agbar. This skyscraper rises almost five hundred feet and contains thirty four stories. Its composed of glass and is shaped kind of like a pickle. It was finished in 2005 and is one of the most unusual looking skyscrapers in the world. Its also one that is very beautiful. Its especially beautiful in the evening, when its lighted by lights of various colors.