Hercules Fountains & The Origins Of Barcelona

A stone statue of Hercules, standing on a pedestal with a large club in his hand

According to legend, Barcelona was founded by the Greek God Heracles, who, together with his brother Hermes, accompanied Jason and the Argonauts, searching for the Golden Fleece. The brothers set sail with a fleet of …

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Monument to Francesc Layret

A monument in Barcelona depicting a semi nude woman holding a torch and a soviet style carving of a farmer

Located in Plaça Goya, in Barcelona’s Sant Antoni neighbourhood, Monument a Francesc Layret pays homage to a left-wing republican lawyer who was assassinated in 1920. The monument’s centrepiece is a bronze statue of a young …

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Monument To The Catalan Volunteers

Side view of a bronze statue of a man in Barcelona

Monument to the Catalan volunteers (Monument als Voluntaris Catalans) is a bronze statue by Catalan artist Josep Clarà located near the boating lake in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The statue is a memorial to …

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10 Things That Barcelona Is Famous For

The façade of Casa Batlló which was featured in the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers the Idiots Abroad by Gilbert Shelton

With an estimated twelve million visitors each year, Barcelona is one of the best-known and most visited cities in Europe. But what is Barcelona famous for? Barcelona is famous for its outstanding football team, stunning …

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Monument to General Prim

Equestrian statue of Spanish general Joan Prim in military uniform in Barcelona

Barcelona’s best-known park, El Parc de la Ciutadella, takes its name from the fortress which once occupied the site. Built immediately after the War of the Spanish Succession to dominate the fallen city, the citadel …

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Ripoll : What to See and Do

The plaza in front of the Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll on a sunny day. A yellow and red senyera flag flys at the top of the bell tower of the monastery.

Ripoll is a small town in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountain range, one hundred kilometres from Barcelona. The town is best known for the monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll which was founded in …

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Plaça de Mossèn Jacint Verdaguer

Statue of an owl and Mossen Jacint Verdaguer in Jacint Verdaguer square, Barcelona

Plaça de Mossèn Jacint Verdaguer is basically just a large and fairly busy roundabout in the l’Eixample district of Barcelona. The plaza would probably go unnoticed if it wasn’t for the twenty-metre high monument which …

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Desolation by Josep Llimona

Desolation - A white marble statue of a weeping woman in a pond

Desolation (Catalan: Desconsol) is one of the best known and most evocative statues by Catalan sculptor Josep Llimona i Brugera. Born in Barcelona in 1863, Josep Llimona is widely considered to be the most influential …

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Statue of Little Red Riding Hood

Bronze statue of Little Red Riding Hood in Barcelona

Who isn’t familiar with the story of Little Red Riding Hood? The tale of a young girl and her grandmother who are saved from a fierce wolf by a burly woodcutter. The Little Red Riding …

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Neptune’s Fountain: History and Symbolism

Neptune's Fountain, Barcelona, Spain

Neptune is one of the best known Roman gods and there are fountains dedicated to him in numerous European cities including Rome, Florence, Madrid and Berlin. Neptune’s fountain in Barcelona was inaugurated in 1882. Originally …

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Homage to Picasso by Antoni Tàpies

The abstract sculpture Homage to Picasso by Antoni Tàpies next to the Ciutadella Park in Barcelona

Homage to Picasso is a large abstract sculpture that was commissioned by Barcelona city council in 1981 to celebrate the centenary of the artist’s birth. Created by Antoni Tapies, the sculpture consists of a collection …

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Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol

Statue of Angel Guimera in Saint Josep Oriol Square

Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol (St. Josep Oriol’s Square) is located next to the Santa Maria del Pi Basilica in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Built on the site of one of the Basilica’s three cemeteries, the …

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Monument to Anselm Clavé

Bronze statue of the Catalan composer and politicain Josep Anselm Clavé in Barcelona, Spain

Josep Anselm Clavé was a musician, composer, writer and political activist. Committed socialist and founder of choral societies aimed at working-class people, Clavé played an important role in the development of popular Catalan culture during …

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MALIP: Monument to Lost Dreams

Modern art statue Malip next to the Rambla del Poblenou in the Sant Marti district of Barcelona

The Monument to Lost Dreams (Catalan: El Monument a les Il·lusions Perdudes) is a sleek, abstract sculpture by cartoonist and multidisciplinary artist Toni Batllori. Installed in Poblenou in 2015, the pale granite statue was created …

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Monument to Frederic Soler

Marble monument to Frederic Solar on Las Ramblas in Barcelona

Better known by his pen name Serafí Pitarra, Frederic Soler was a Catalan playwright who wrote over a hundred plays as well as several books of poetry. The white marble monument which was erected in …

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Barcelona’s Medieval Jewish Quarter

Narrow alleyways in the Jewish Quarter Barcelona, El Call

Barcerlona’s medieval Jewish Quarter is a small area of narrow streets and alleyways tucked away behind the Cathedral, in the oldest part of the city centre. The area was abandoned after the pogroms of 1391, …

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Carmela by Jaume Plensa

2D statue of Carmela in front of the Catalan Music Palace in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter

Carmela is one of four sculptures by Jaume Plensa which were exhibited at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in 2016. The statue was such a hit with the neighbours that they started a petition …

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Fountain of Diana

Close up photo of Diana the Huntress in front of leafy trees on Gran Via Barcelona

Located on the intersection of Gran Via and Roger de Lluria, the Fountain of Diana is a six and a half metre tall marble fountain topped by a statue of the Roman goddess Diana the …

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Monument to the Heroes of 1809

Close up photo of the Monument to the Heroes of 1809 statue also known as The Monument to the Martyrs of Independence

Commonly referred to as the Monument to the Martyrs of Independence, The Monument to the Heroes of 1809 is dedicated to eight people who were executed after a failed attempt to drive occupying French troops …

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Basilica of La Mercè

bronze statue of Our Lady of Mercy on the roof of the Bsilica de la Mercè Barcelona

It may not be as well known as Barcelona’s other historic churches, but the Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy (Catalan: La Basílica de la Mare de Déu de la Mercè) is a worthy addition …

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