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Travels to Spain - Barcelona, Part I

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An April 2003 trip to Barcelona by roza4

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Travels to Spain - Barcelona, Part I

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If you are traveling to Barcelona, be prepared to spend several days here (at least 3) to see all the beauty of the city. More than anything else, Barcelona should be viewed as an architectural marvel. You have to visit La Rambla and just walk from one building to another, enjoy the amazing facades of the buildings and maybe even go to the Liceu theater for a ballet or opera. Also visit Casa Mila, Fondacio Miro, Museu Nacional d’Art Catalunya, Sagrada Familia, Cathedral, Picasso Museum, Monastir Pedralbes, Parc Montjuic, Parc Guell, and if you have an extra day go up to Montserrat. Quick Tips: You will see lots of advertisements for Bus Touristic. It shows you most of the city, including...Read More

Museo del Real Monasterio de Santa María de Pedralbes

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Attraction | "Monastir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes - Part I"

Museo del Real Monasterio de Santa María de Pedralbes Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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If you are staying at Hilton Barcelona, as I was, this monastery is located very close. All you have to do is cross the street (Avda Diagonal) and take bus 75 or 63, ask the bus driver when your stop is, I think it’s the third or fourth. The monastery will be right in front of you on the hill. The name Pedralbes comes from Latin petras albas – white stones. The monastery was founded in 1326 by the queen Elisenda de Montcada. The Montcadas were one of the two most powerful noble families in Catalonia. The queen decided to build a monastery when the king was very sick so that she could retire there after the king’s death. She lived in a building next door to the monastery after king''s death...Read More

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Museo del Real Monasterio de Santa María de Pedralbes
Montevideo, 14
Barcelona, Spain 08034
+34 93 2039282

Museo del Real Monasterio de Santa María de Pedralbes

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Attraction | "Monastir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes - Part II"

Museo del Real Monasterio de Santa María de Pedralbes Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Continued from Part I. Once you finished the tour of the monastery (both the first and second floors), go back to the first floor and you will (through a separate door) go to see the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection of 80 paintings that was donated to the monastery in 1989. The entrance to the collection is through a staircase, when you go up, you see a large hall with very tall ceilings and original 14th-century windows which were recently restored. The collection is organized in such a way that it shows history of art from medieval times to German Renaissance to Italian Renaissance of the 15th-16th centuries to European Baroque. You can see an exceptional selection of works of Germa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 26, 2003

Museo del Real Monasterio de Santa María de Pedralbes
Montevideo, 14
Barcelona, Spain 08034
+34 93 2039282

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)

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Attraction | "Casa Mila - Part I"

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Phone: 93 484 59 80 Open: Mon-Fri 10 am – 8 pm, closed Jan 1 and 6, second week in January, Dec 25 and 26 Prices: 7 euros – adult, 3.50 euros – students and senior citizens, or use Articket that allows entrance to 6 art centers of Barcelona for 15 euros. One of Gaudi’s most amazing and ground-breaking creations, this large building, which occupies a 10,000 square feet piece of land, is usually called by the locals "La Pedrera" (the quarry) since they were astounded by its shape. Antoni Gaudi is considered the most famous Catalonian, and his whole life was devoted to architecture. When he was killed by a tram in 1926, half of Barcelona attended his funeral. Casa ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2003

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)
Passeig De Gracia, 92
Barcelona, Spain 08007
34644 291 481

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)

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Attraction | "Casa Mila - Part II"

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Continued from Part I Caixa Catalunya is a large bank and the foundation’s exhibition hall was opened in La Pedrera in 1990. Since then it had temporary exhibits of works of Chagall, Dalí, Giacometti, Dürer, Goya to name just a few and joint exhibitions based on artistic movements or historical periods, like this one - From Ingres to Bonnard. This exhibit gives a retrospective of perception of human figure in the French art of the 19th century from Ingres to Bonnard. The 19th century has seen many styles: neoclassicism (the style of Ingres and Boilly), which was exiting as the century was starting and making room to romanticism in everything: art, literature and architecture, shown i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2003

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)
Passeig De Gracia, 92
Barcelona, Spain 08007
34644 291 481