Friday, January 25, 2013

BARCELONA: LA RAMBLA


La Rambla is one of the most lively and nice places to walk along in Barcelona. Walking along this boulevard is the best way to go from Plaça Catalunya to the Port Vell and the beach.

Artists, interesting buildings, florist's and kiosks give a colourful and bright look to this boulevard, which is also a perfect starting poing to discover two beautiful medieval districts in Barcelona: the Gothic Quarter and El Raval.


Star sights along La Rambla:





Plaça Catalunya


Plaça Catalunya in BarcelonaRed flowers in Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona


Plaça Catalunya in BarcelonaPlaça Catalunya in Barcelona is usually crowded


Canaletes Fountain



Canaletes fountain in La RamblaNext to Canaletes fountain supporters of FC Barcelona celebrate the victories of their team

La Rambla


La Rambla in BarcelonaLa Rambla is a really lively boulevard in Barcelona. There is always a lot of people walking along


La Rambla in BarcelonaThere are some florist's along La Rambla in Barcelona


La Rambla in BarcelonaTourists near a florist's in La Rambla


La Rambla in BarcelonaMany artists amuse the tourists along La Rambla in Barcelona


La Rambla in BarcelonaAs well as florist's and artists, there are also many newspaper kiosks and drinks and ice-cream stands


Liceu Grand Theatre


Liceu Grand Theatre in BarcelonaNext to La Rambla is El Liceu, the most important theatre in Barcelona


Liceu Grand Theatre in BarcelonaMain staircase of Liceu theatre in Barcelona


Mercat de la Boqueria (Boqueria Market)


Market of La Boqueria in La RamblaMain entrance to La Boqueria in Barcelona


Market of La Boqueria in La RamblaModernist detail of La Boqueria in Barcelona


Market of La Boqueria in La RamblaFresh fruit in La Boqueria


Market of La Boqueria in La RamblaThese peaches have a delicious look


Pla de L'Os


Work of Art of Joan Mirò on La RamblaWork of Art of Joan Mirò on La Rambla in Barcelona


La Plaça Reial


Plaça Reial beside La Rambla in BarcelonaNext to La Rambla is the Plaça Reial (Royal Square), a really lively place daylight and at night

Plaça Reial beside La Rambla in BarcelonaA detail of the fountain in the middle of Royal Square



Palau Güell


Palau Güell beside La Rambla in Barcelona

Dome of the central hall of El Palau Güell in Barcelona


Coming back to La Rambla


La Rambla near the marina of BarcelonaLa Rambla near the marina of Barcelona

Monument to Columbus at the end of La RamblaMonument to Columbus at the end of La Rambla. The marina begins there


Below you have some fashion stores you can find in La Rambla:


  • Casas Internacional (La Rambla, 125) 
  • Desigual (La Rambla, 136 and 140) 
  • Felgar (La Rambla, 132)
  • Casa Gimeno (La Rambla, 100)


Beside La Rambla, in the old city of Barcelona you can also visit other beautiful places:



Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to more beautiful and interesting places of Barcelona.


Friday, January 18, 2013

BARCELONA - GAUDI: PABELLONS GÜELL

Fantasy and technical innovation come together in the former gatehouses of the Güell Estate, on Barcelona’s Avinguda Pedralbes. The beauty and colour of the buildings don’t eclipse the main protagonist of the ensemble: the giant mythological dragon from the Garden of the Hesperides, a synthesis of Gaudí’s symbolism and craftsmanship.

Eusebi Güell’s desire to extend his family’s holiday home in Barcelona resulted in Antoni Gaudí’s first commission from the man who would become his main patron. Gaudí worked on the project from 1884 to 1887, relandscaping the garden and building the two gatehouses, which were intended to be the caretaker’s house and the stables.


Pabellons Guell designed by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona
Pabellons Güell designed by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona




Dragon of Pabellons Güell in Barcelona
Beautiful wrought-iron gate in the shape of a dragon of Pabellons Güell in Barcelona


Dragon of Pabellons Güell in Barcelona
Mithological dragon in Pabellons Güell designed by Antoni Gaudí


Pabellons Güell in Barcelona designed by Gaudí
Pabellons Güell designed by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona



Pabellons Güell in Barcelona designed by Gaudí
Güell Estate’s gatehouses have a stone base and brick parabolic arches with bright ceramic decorations in geometric shapes. 




I would like to give you some useful informatión in case you want to visit this building designed by Gaudí:


- Address: Avinguda Pedralbes, 7, Barcelona
- Phone: 933 177 652 / 934 020 243
- Guided Visits: 932 562 504
- Web site: www.rutadelmodernisme.com
- E-mail: cultura-impuqv@bcn.cat
- How to get there:
  • Metro L3, stop Palau Reial
  • Bus 7, 33, 63, 67, 74, 75 and 78
  • Tram T1, T2 and T3, stop Palau Reial
  • Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Palau Reial.


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Clicking on the next links you will find more pictures of the most important buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí:



Besides, other modernist buildings you can visit in Barcelona are:


Finally, clicking on the next link you will find more links to other beautiful places in Barcelona, among them, more fantastic modernist masterpieces you can see along the Modernist Route.

Friday, January 4, 2013

BARCELONA GAUDI: CASA CALVET

The Casa Calvet de Barcelona (1899) is one of Antoni Gaudí’s earliest buildings and was built by Antoni Gaudí for the textile manufacturer Pere Màrtir Calvet, who set up his business premises on the ground floor and in the basement, and used the upper floors as his private residence. 

The Casa Calvet pays tribute to the baroque Catalan style and was built from stone quarried on Montjuïc, and features splendid wrought ironwork on the balconies. The hall and ground floor are particularly interesting and the latter now houses a restaurant, where you can see the typical Catalan ceiling, granite Solomonic columns and arches with their vine-shaped reliefs.



Casa Calvet in Barcelona
Casa Calvet designed by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona


Casa Calvet in Barcelona
Casa Calvet contains modernist elements, such as the façade which terminates in a curve and the attic balconies, which look like something from a fairy tale


Casa Calvet in Barcelona
The ground floor of Casa Calvet in Barcelona now houses a restaurant. Columns in the shape of cotton bobbins flank the entrance


Casa Calvet designed by Antoni Gaudí
Another view of the façade of Casa Calvet, designed by Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona



Casa Calvet designed by Antoni Gaudí
Balconies of Casa Calvet in Barcelona


Casa Calvet designed by Antoni Gaudí
Casa Calvet in Barcelona features splendid wrought ironwork on the balconies


Casa Calvet designed by Antoni Gaudí
Another balcony of Casa Calvet in Barcelona



I would like to give you some useful informatión in case you want to visit this building designed by Gaudí:


- Address: Casp, 48, Barcelona
- How to get there:
  • Metro L1 and L4, stop Urquinaona
  • Bus 39, 45, 47 and 62


Clicking on the next links you will find more pictures of the most important buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí:




Other fantastic modernist buildings in Barcelona are:




Finally, clicking on the next link you will find more links to other beautiful places in Barcelona, among them, more fantastic modernist masterpieces you can see along the Modernist Route.