Barcelona's Most Poignant and Authentic Historic Highlights, Monuments and Buildings

Sam Mednick

By , Local Expert, Barcelona
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One thing Barcelona does not lack is a healthy mix of historical landmarks; all of which are breathtaking and inspiring in their own right. Whether it's a hospital, a religious site or even a government building, Barcelona's buildings are laden with history and each created with a very strong attention to detail. Whether you're strolling down Passeig De Gracia, gawking at Gaudi's modernist masterpieces or in the Gotico surrounded by century-old structures, Barcelona is a beautiful city to walk through as it is one of the most  aesthetically charming city's in the world. There is always something that will catch your eye and...  Read more »

  • 1

    Palau de la Música Catalana

    The most beautiful, Modernist concert hall in Barcelona, definitely worth catching a show while in town

    Local Expert Tip: "Tickets can be bought online so check the schedule for upcoming concerts."

  • 2

    Palau Guell

    A rare Modernist masterpiece in the Old City, right off La Rambla.

    Local Expert Tip: "Reserve tickets for group tours online and in advance"

  • 3

    Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

    The chimneys on the roof are the selling point of this building.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out the book store in the building"

  • 4

    La Sagrada Familia

    One of few buildings that will take more than 100 years to complete.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to go early if you want to enter the Church, or reserve tickets online before hand. "

  • 5

    Cathedral La Seu

    The largest and most popular Cathedral in the Old City, it's known as THE Cathedral.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go on Sundays during service and enter for free"

  • 6

    Casa Batllo

    An excellent example of Gaudi's use of natural elements portrayed through his architecture.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you have a press pass you can get in for free"

  • 7

    Hospital Sant Pau

    You've most likely never seen a hospital (now closed) as stunning as this one.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go early in the morning if you want to avoid line ups"

  • 8

    Casa Amatller

    Gaudi's first large project and one of the city's most designer theatres.

    Local Expert Tip: "Include it as part of a Modernist Tour and visit Casa Batllo and La Pedrera at the same time"

  • 9

    Arc de Triomf

    More than the monument itself, the boardwalk from Ciutadella Park to Arc De Triomf is a great stroll especially on a sunny day.

    Local Expert Tip: "Rent a bike as it's a nice ride from the beach in Barceloneta, through the park and up to Arc De Triomf."

  • 10

    Santa Maria Del Pi

    Catalan Gothic architecture at its best. There are many Medieval stories surrounding this Church.

    Local Expert Tip: "Entrance to the Church is free and if you go on a weekend you can often catch a small service"



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