Barcelona Journals

Some of the Major Sites of Barcelona

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A travel journal to Barcelona by airynfaerie

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi) Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: A visit to this Catalan capital isn't complete without stopping at several of the major sites. From funky parks and wavy houses, to dancing fountains and unfinished basilicas, Barcelona won't leave you wanting. Instead, it will have you wishing you could stay longer to see more!

Sagrada Familia

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Hotel | "The Magnificent Unfinished Temple"

Sagrada Familia Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Without a doubt, my most favorite site in all of Barcelona is the magnificent Sagrada Familia. More formally called the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, or "Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family", this is a mind-boggling structure that is one of kind in all the world. Still under construction, the lifts and cranes have become part of the site itself and add to the amazing history of the church.Originally begun in 1882 by architect Villar, the very next year it was handed over to Barcelona's pride, designer and architect Antoni Gaudi. Still unfinished, the Sagrada Familia is not set to be completed until at least 2026. As it is a privately funded Catholic church, completion depends on ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 18, 2009

Sagrada Familia
541 Corcega St.
Barcelona, Spain 08037
+34 (93) 4366115

Magic Fountain of Montjuic

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Attraction | "Water, Music, Motion, and Lights!"

Magic Fountain of Montjuic Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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A show that has been entertaining specators since 1929, the Magic Fountains of Montjuic is a great ting to witness during a visit to Barcelona...not to mention, it's free! This was our very first stop the evening we arrived in the city, and after taking the metro to the large Placa d'Espanya, we walked towards the glowing fountains with great anticipation.Designed for the Great Universal Exhibition in 1929 by Carles Buigas, these fountains still are a grand display that people of all ages enjoy to watch. One will find just as many locals out enjoying the show as tourists, as it's such a beautiful way to spend an evening in this Spanish town. Located between the Placa d'Espanya and the rega...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2009

Magic Fountain of Montjuic
Avenida Maria Cristina
Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain 08004

Park Guell (Parc Güell)

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Attraction | "A Park Full of Whimsy"

Park Guell (Parc Güell) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Located on the Carmel hill in the northwestern part of the city, Park Guell is a stunning example of architecture and gardens intertwined. It's one of the must-see visits during a stay in Barcelona, and one can easily spend a day here among all the creative components of this park. Free admission is a plus - so get ready, pack a picnic, and head up to the hill overlooking the city.Commissioned by Eusebi Guell who was deemed a "Count", this park was originally intended to be a type of housing development for the upper class. Barcelona's famed architect and designer, Antoni Gaudi was hired to put this magic touch on the vision for the plans, and he ended up working on it from 1900 - 1914. B...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2009

Park Guell (Parc Güell)
Montana Pelada, Gracia District
Barcelona, Catalonia

Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

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Attraction | "A Gothic Church in a Gothic Neighborhood"

Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Probably the best example of Catalan Gothic style architecture, the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, or "Saint Mary of the Sea" is a beautiful church and worth a visit. Located in the Barri Gotic quarter of the center of Barcelona, this church must be experienced from the inside to appreciate it's splendor.Building began in 1324 over an old Roman cemetery which was in the 14th century, buried and unknown. Taking over 55 years to complete, it was finally named after its proximity to the sea and the patrons which included many merchants and sailors. Still a popular place of worship today with many classes of people, one will see many parishioners praying and lighting candles during a visit i...Read More

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Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
Placa Santa Maria 1
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)

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Attraction | "More of Gaudi's Masterpieces"

Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Two buildings by Barcelona's famed architect and designer, Antoni Gaudi lie within blocks of each other and are noted stops for visitors of all ages while in the city. The Casa Batilo and Casa Mila (La Pedrera) are both located on Passeig de Gracia and are two of the most noted pieces of Gaudi's work besides the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.This section of the boulevard Passeig de Gracia which contains both buildings is known as the Mancana de la Discòrdia, or "Block of Discord". Named for the discourse of several modern buildings, both with each other and with the buildings around them. Visitors can enjoy the large sidewalks along the avenue with the decorative street lights and tree-li...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2009

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