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The First Building Designed by Antoni Gaudí

No matter how brief your stay in Barcelona, the chances are you will visit at least one building designed by Antoni Gaudí. A mixture of modernisme, surrealism and Gothicism combined with innovative engineering, Gaudi’s unique architectural style has shaped many of the city’s most famous landmarks and influenced generations of architects. Although most of Gaudi’s MORE»



The Encants Vells Flea Market

Barcelona’s Encants Vells, also known as the Mercat de Bellcaire, is one of the oldest flea markets in Europe and dates back to the 14th Century. In 2013 Els Encants relocated to a stunning new purpose built 3 story structure opposite the Agbar Tower. The emblematic mirrored canopy houses 500 stalls; a mixture of junk shop, antiques MORE»



Frank Gehry’s Golden Fish Sculpture

The 52m long golden fish sculpture El Peix is one of the best known and most striking landmarks on Barcelona’s seafront. It’s gold coloured stainless steel surface shines under the Mediterranean sun and changes appearance depending on the angle of the sun and the current weather conditions. The fish statue was built for the 1992 Barcelona MORE»



The Caixa Forum

More than just a modern art museum, the Caixa Forum is billed as a Cultural Centre and stages temporary exhibitions as well as concerts, arts related educational workshops and films. There are 3 main exhibition halls, a cinema and a dedicated children’s activity area called Caixa Forum Kids. There is just one permanent exhibit; Joseph MORE»



Hospital de Sant Pau – Barcelona’s Other Art Nouveau Building Site

Update – The Hospital de Sant Pau to Re-Open at the End of February 2014 After almost 4 years of extensive restoration work the scaffolding has come down and the Hospital de Sant Pau will open its doors visitors on February 25th 2014. Entry to the art nouveau hospital (now a museum) will be free MORE»



Monestir de Pedralbes – One of Barcelona’s Best Kept Secrets!

The Monestir de Pedralbes is a beautiful gothic monastery which was built in 1326 by Queen Elisenda in an effort to be forgiven for her sins. Some of the most famous architects of the time worked on the project including Ramon Despuig and Berenguer de Montagut who also designed the Bascilica de Santa Maria del MORE»

   

Disseny Hub – Vector Prime Comes to Barcelona!

This week the hoardings surrounding the new “Disseny Hub Barcelona” came down. The “Disseny Hub” (or Design Hub in English) is billed as combination of museum, centre and  laboratory. I’m not exactly sure what that means but the new building is certainly impressive. Situated next to the Agbar Tower in the 22@ district of Barcelona MORE»