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The Ramblas the famous avenue is a bustling centre
of activity and a popular part of the city and the Rambla
de Canaletes is a walkway, with newspaper kiosks selling newspapers
from all over the world.
From the early morning to the wee hours of the night, one
can find nearly everything under the sun on the Ramblas. There
are street performers by the dozens, baby ducks, snakes, and
bunnies for sale, florists galore, as well as endless restaurants
and snack shops for when you need a break from all the excitement.
There is also a small fountain (Font de Canaletes) which has
the legend that if you drink from it, you will revisit the
city of Barcelona in the future.
You can’t afford to miss this exciting market place
while you are in Barcelona.
Casa Mila, also called “the Quary” due
to its rock-like façade, is a spectacular apartment
block on. Some of the apartment building still maintains some
residences while most of the structure is open to visitors.
There is a special exhibition housed in the attic of the
Casa Mila, which includes models and explanations of all Gaudi’s
projects. Especially interesting, is the wonderland of rooftop
chimneys and staircases that visitors can traverse, while
circling a large opening to the building’s central courtyard.
The building apartments are arranged around elliptical patios
with no square corners. The roof offers an excellent view
across the city too. The loft space of Casa Milá is
the home to the museum, Espai Gaudí, dedicated to the
Cathedral of Barcelona
The cathedral, the gem of Barcelona’s Gothic
Quarter is an impressive structure. The cathedral, which was
built mostly during the 14th century (the façade is
from the 19th century), lies on the remains of both Roman
worship grounds, as well as an ancient basilica, and is dedicated
to Saint Eulalia, patron saint of Barcelona.
Its humongous lacework steeples overlook a plaza. Standing
out as a celebrated example of Catalonian Gothic architecture
it is always filled with street performers, antique markets,
With its large bell towers, blending of medieval and Renaissance
styles, beautiful cloister, high altar, side chapels, sculptured
choir, and Gothic arches, it ranks as one of the most impressive
cathedrals in Spain. Vaulted galleries in the cloister surround
a garden of magnolias, medlars, and palm trees; the galleries
are further enhanced by forged iron grilles. The cloister,
illuminated on Saturday and fiesta days, also contains a museum
of medieval art.
The most notable work displayed is the 15th-century La Pietat
of Bartolomé Bermejo. At noon on Sunday you can see
the sardana, a Catalonian folk dance, performed in front of
La Sagrada Família
Gaudí's incomplete masterpiece is one of the more idiosyncratic
creations of Spain Begun in 1882 and still incomplete at Gaudí's
death in 1926, this incredible church--the Church of the Holy
Family--is a bizarre wonder.
The languid, amorphous structure embodies the essence of Gaudí's
style, which some have described as Art Nouveau run rampant.
Some say that the church will be completed by the mid-21st
century. The crypt of the cathedral features a small museum
of the architect's scale models. Photographs show the progress
(or lack thereof) of construction on the building; there are
even photos of Gaudí's funeral.
The Sagrada Familia is Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece
and towers over the city's skyline. Although being very much
a building site, the magnificent structure has raised cries
of astonishment and awe from visitors and residents alike.
It also one of the city's frequently visited attractions.
The museum houses some of the best works by Pablo
Picasso, who donated over 2,500 of his paintings, engravings,
and drawings in 1970. Picasso was particularly fond of Barcelona,
the city where he spent much of his formative youth. In fact,
some of the paintings were done when Picasso was only 9 years
Many of the works, especially the early paintings, show the
artist's debt to van Gogh, El Greco, and Rembrandt; a famous
series, Las Meninas (1957), is said to "impersonate"
the work of Velázquez.
From Picasso's blue period, the La Vie drawings are the most
interesting. His notebooks contain many sketches of Barcelona
scenes. In 1999 the museum acquired two more medieval mansions
for its exhibition space, increasing the museum's size by
a third. This additional space is used for temporary exhibitions.
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