Barcelona (1.5 Mil. Ew.) a town is between tradition and modern age - and, besides, an Eldorado for architects. Numerous artists of worldwide fame like Antonio Gaudi, Salvador Dalf and Joan Mir6 were already pulled in her spell and left here her tracks. Today artistic Jugendstil facades, the Gothic quarter, modern glass steel constructions and also the near to city situated sand beach are a part of this fascination. The prize level in Barcelona is higher around something than possibly in Munich or Dusseldorf. Still you should keep open the eyes: Not free of charge gift the katalonische capital as a stronghold in the matter of design, fashion and art craft.
Not only for friends of the sea comes up here one fascinate of the play with more than 8000 animals and plants from the world seas which are to be seen in copied coral reefs, biotopes and deep-sea scenarios. Indisputable highlight is the way by the 80 m long acrylic tunnel which allows to kick the visitors with shark fishing and other sea inhabitants in contact.
The winding Gothic quarter, the Old Town of Barcelona, testifies from the period of bloom of Catalonia as a Mediterranean power. However, also the Roman inheritance of the town is to be visited here, for example, rests of the early Roman town walls along the streets Tapineria and Sotstinent Navarro, on the place Ramon Berenguer el grain or in the cellar vaults of some stores of the Carrer Banys Nous. Within the Roman embankment founded settlement Barcino lay from Augustus at the beginning of our calendar. Among the rest, other places of interest in the Gothic quarter are the cathedral, the bishop's palace, the Placa del Rei and the king's palace (Palau Reial major) with his imposing medieval guard tower.
Casa Mila/La Pedrera
There are many theories on what probably inspired the Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi when he created this unique building. Some mean, in it the waves of the ocean to recognize the honeycombs of a beehive other. The vernacular calls the house typically La Pedrera, the stone quarry. By his corrugated facade forms, trunk-like columns and plant-like curved balconies it looks like a sculpture kneaded of tone. The passable roof scenery from droll chimneys and chimney shafts is unique. Also an apartment and the Espai fun with multimedia information about life and work of the most architect can be visited.
Fundacio Joan Miro
In 1975 this endowment was brought to life by Miro personally. The museum flooded with light gives an overview about the whole work of the big avant-garde artist, from the first drawings from the year 1901 up to his last monumental paintings. In addition, graphic arts, wall carpets, ceramics, sculptures and varying exhibits are to be seen more fashionably and contemporary art.
In the 11-th century one began on the foundations of an Early-Christian basilica with the construction of the immense church whose completion applied for centuries. Between 1298 and 1448 the great nave received his today's form, while the newly Gothic main facade was finished only in 1890. The cathedral of the protective patroness of the town, the holy Eulalia who was tormented in Late-Roman time at the age of twelve years to death is consecrated. The martyr lies in an alabaster sarcophagus in the crypt under the high altar buried. The charming cloister with small chapels, garden and Gothic well is also worth seeing.
The most-visited museum of the town shows above all works from the early creating phase of Picasso, the " blue period “. From 1895 to 1904 the painter was a part of the artistic avant-garde and bohemian world of Barcelona and found the first recognition. His life the founder of the cubism of the metropolis felt long linked and thus he left the town since the 1930s pictures. The collection was extended bit by bit and is beside in Paris the most significant public Picasso's collection.
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