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

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 there are plenty of interesting places to visit full of exciting and unique anecdotes and tales from the past.

Many of the monuments and historic sites will lead you to different neighborhoods within the city, which are worth exploring. With most of the buildings being situated in Ciutat Vella (Old City) between the Gothic Quarter and Born areas, there are quite a lot in the Eixample as well. Arc de Triomf for example, is situated on the edge of the Born and if you continue walking you'll find yourself on larger walkways and amongst more trees than in the Old City. Not only are the monuments themselves worth exploring, but their surroundings are as well. 

Santa Maria Del Pi


One of the smaller Churches in the Gotico, Santa Maria Del Pi, was constructed between 1319-1320 and is an excellent example of Catalan Gothic architecture. The Church has been restored however since the 1936 fire when it was destroyed and today...  Read More



Built for the Universal Barcelona Exposition in 1888, Arc de Triomf is situated at the end of Park Ciutadela and was the main gateway during the event at the end of the 19th century. It was built in the Neo-Mudejar style by Josep Reynes and is a...  Read More

Casa Amatller


Built in the 1880's, this domed structure was the first large-scale undertaking for architectural visionary Antonio Gaudi and reflects his innovative fusion of Gothic and Moorish sensibilities. This beautiful structure was built in honor of the...  Read More

Hospital Sant Pau


Dubbed "The Stone Quarry" for its remarkably sculpted stone façade. Built in the early 1900's and designed by Gaudi, the building's edifice is considered the world's largest abstract sculpture. Declared a heritage sight by UNESCO in 1984, the...  Read More



Day or night, the street in front of one of Gaudi's most classic buildings, is always full of people; mouths wide open, staring up in awe. If you're wondering which of Gaudi's creations to enter, this should definitely make the list. One of two...  Read More

Cathedral La Seu


The construction of this cathedral began in the late 13th century and was not completed until the middle of the 15th century. The interior design is distinctly Gothic, whereas the front and spire of the church were touched with a French...  Read More



Without a doubt this is Gaudi's crowning glory. Set to be completed in 2046, the Sagrada Familia is a Barcelona must-see. Even if you don't want to go inside, the outside facades, history and master design are equally breathtaking. This was...  Read More

Casa Milà (La Pedrera)


Casa Mila, otherwise known as La Pedrera, is one of Gaudi's most well known creations and is situated on Passeig de Gracia, just a stone's throw from Casa Batllo. Constructed between 1905-1912, from the outside La Pedrera looks like it is made...  Read More

Palau Guell


Designed by Antoni Gaudi, this Barcelona mansion was created for the Catalan tycoon, Eusebi Guell and today is part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. This is one of Gaudi's many architectural masterpieces and was specifically used for...  Read More

Palau de la Música Catalana


Constructed by the famous, Lluis Domenech i Montaner, Palau de La Musica is a Modernist masterpiece. Today it is known for being one of the world's most unique concert halls. Even if you don't manage to see a show, it's definitely worth taking a...  Read More


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