Plaça de Catalunya – More Than Just a Metro Stop!

Statues and fountains at Plaça de Catalunya (Catalonia Square)

For many visitors Plaça de Catalunya is the first place they see when they arrive in Barcelona. If you take the Aerobus from the airport, the chances are you will get off here on the way to your hotel.  Plaça de Catalunya is also the intersection between Las Ramblas, Portal de l’Àngel, Ronda de Sant …

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Surprising Street Art in Poblenou

Bird, Street Art in Poble Nou

Barcelona has lots of street art and public art, ranging from graffiti to large and impressive statues and murals by famous artists. On my way to the beach this morning I noticed this interesting series of modified road signs at the bottom of the Rambla de Poblenou. There are about a dozen of these “modified” …

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The Barcelona History Museum – MUHBA Plaça del Rei

MUHBA Barcelona History Museum - Plaça del Rei

The MUHBA Plaça del Rei is the largest of the Barcelona History Museum’s centres and contains remains of the Roman city of Barcino which were discovered totally by chance during the construction of Via Laietana! History of the MUHBA Plaça del Rei: In the 1930s the medieval Royal Palace was dismantled to make way for …

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Barcelona’s Head – Pop Art at the Old Port

The Barcelonas Head statue by the old Port

The Barcelona’s Head sculpture (also known as Barcelona’s Face) was designed by American Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein for the 1992 Olympic Games. The striking 90 ton statue is covered with brightly coloured mosaic tiles, a clear tribute to the works of Antoni Gaudi. The design also shows a strong Picasso influence mixed with the comic …

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Torre Agbar – Barcelona’s 21st Century Icon

Full Moon at the Torre Agbar, Barcelona

From day one the Torre Agbar has become one of Barcelona’s top tourist attractions. Designed by Jean Nouvel, the 34 storey tower took 6 years to build and was finished in 2005. Nouvel has stated that he was inspired by Catalan icons such as Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and the nearby mountain of Montserrat. The tower …

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