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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