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museums and monuments
A stay in Barcelona offers to the tourist a city full of artistic sights. A tipical example is the old city (Ciutat Vella), where we can find the Barri Gotic, a gothic quarter full of attractions.The first halting place to be seen is the highest part of the Barri where there is the Cathedral, a fourteenth century gothic building finished in the nineteenth century; in its inside there are the precious Blessed Sacrament dome and the crypt with St.Eulalia’s sarcophagus who is the patron Saint of the city, and its contiguous gothic Cloister. A few steps further you can reach Palau Reial Maior, a group of several important buildings, which once were seat of the Inquisition and residence of Aragon and Castile
The Cathedral
dynasty, where you can admire the great “Tinell”, a medieval hall 35 metres wide. In the close Barri de la Ribera you can visit the beautiful St.Maria Del Mar church, builded in gothic catalan style and the Palau de Musica, a modernist building with a dome covered by decorated glasses.You don’t have absolutely to miss the opportunity to walk along the famous Ramblas, heart of the daily and nightlife of the city. The five wooded boulevards which create a single street more than one kilometer long, end on a small square where there is the Cristopher Columbus’statue just in front of the sea. It is also advisable to see nearby the port, the pictoresque Barceloneta, an old fishermen quarter, and the Vila olimpica (olympic city), which is an area that was reconstructed in 1992 in occasion of the olympic games, with the renewal of the beach and the creation of some hotels, bars and restaurants. The Eixample, an area builded in 1854 to collect the expansion (translated by a catalan word “eixample”) of the city outside the knocked down medieval walls, has also a remarkable importance. This part of the city, builded with a regular structure, has become during early nineteenth century the favourite place of the modernist architects who have left there an incredible artistic production. It’s interesting to see the 150 modernist houses of the “Golden Square” and the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudì, who has left there some important witnesses of his particular artistic genius. The work of this artist is the stately and absurd Sagrada Familia, now symbol of Barcelona. The building, started in 1882 and not yet finished, contains the mortal remains of the artist and it is silhouetted against the sky with very high needleful towers. A place, particularly dear to the inhabitants of Barcelona is Montjuic’s hill, where adults and children spend pleasant days visiting prestigious museums and important foundations and relax themselves in parks and theaters. The hill has also been the principal seat in 1992 of the olympic games.
Here below the main expositive areas of the city:
Museo Picasso - Carrer Montcada
Lodged in Berenguer d’Aguilar and Barò de castellet i Meca palaces and dressed with important gifts,it shows the juvenile work of Picasso.
Fundaciò Mirò - Parc de Montjuïc
It puts together the masterpieces of this Catalan Artist to some contemporary artists’works
Museo d’Historia de la Ciutat de Barcelona - Plaça del Rei
It is inside of the gothic Casa Clariana Padellas and it shows some documents and finds which mention the story of the city.
Fundaciò Antonio Tapies - Carrer d’Aragò
It shows the principal works of the artist and a library.
Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya - Parc de Montjuïc
It is located inside Palau Nacional and shows the most important romanic finds collection of the world and many medieval frescos.
Museo Maritim
Avinguda de les Drassanes
It is inside the ancient shipyards and mentions the story of the Catalan sailing in a fascinating way.
Museo Monestir de Predalbes
Baixada Monestir
The rich collection Thyssen-Bornemisza from Middle age to Baroque is placed in a gothic monastery in the high area of the city.
Museo del Futbol Club Barcelona
Avinguda de Aristides Maillol
It is the museum of one of the most strongest football team of the world which shows many curios and souvenirs ;it is the obligatory halting place for every football fan.
Casa Museu Gaudì
Carrer Olot – parc Guell
Inside the beautiful Parc Guell there is a Museum with works and relics of Gaudì
Museo d’Art Modern
Parc de la Ciutadella
It shows Romanticism,Realism and Modernism of the Catalan art.
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