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Many buildings in Barcelona are unique sights

In Barcelona you will find buildings spanning all eras of the city’s 2000 years old history: The oldest date back to the time of the Romans, there are buildings from the Gothic period, the Catalan art nouveau (el Modernisme) and imposing modern buildings.
Many of them are famous landmarks and real tourist attractions. Some of them made Catalonian architects famous far beyond the Spanish borders.

In the modern era, especially the Olympic Games in 1992 led to the construction of many modern and beautiful buildings. The city managed to liberate itself from the dreariness of the Franco era and continue with its tradition of creativity, known from the Modernisme, blended with modern styles. Some of the buildings are quite disputed – but that makes the charm of it.

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Basilica Sagrada Familia, Gaudí's life work

Basilica Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is the best known and most impressive attraction in Barcelona: a "must see". Here you can book tickets for guided tours with skip the line and read about the symbolism of the architect Antoni Gaudí.

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Camp Nou, stadium of FC Barcelona

Camp Nou, the stadium of FC Barcelona - tickets to visit here

What's going on behind the scenes at Camp Nou? What fascinates millions of people in Barça? Here you can find out. Read about the history of the stadium and book the ticket for visiting the stadium.

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Casa Milà (La Pedrera), quarry house has no right angles

Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

Casa Milà is located in the district Eixample and is one of the most famous and impressive buildings of the Modernisme. Here you can book tickets for the admission.

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Casa Batlló, Gaudí embodies this structure with the legend of St. George

Casa Batlló

The roof of Casa Batlló is like a dragon's back. The building is one of the most beautiful and peculiar buildings of the Catalan Art Nouveau. You will talk about this visit for a long time.

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Palau de la Música Catalana, on the List of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage

Palau de la Música Catalana

The impressive concert hall Palau de la Música Catalana is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Book a guided tour through this splendid example of Catalan art nouveau (Modernisme).

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Hospital de Santa Creu i de Sant Pau, beautiful buildings will help in recovery

Hospital de Santa Creu i de Sant Pau

Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau is one of the most beautiful modernistic building complex. Book tickets for the admission and see for yourself.

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Columbus monument in Barcelona

Columbus monument in Barcelona

The 60 metres high Columbus Monument offers a nice view of the harbor, the old town of Barcelona and the ocean. Here you can book tickets for the viewing platform.

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Casa Vicens - Gaudí's First Building

Casa Vicens is the first building by the young architect Antoni Gaudí: The building was a relatively unknown work by the Catalan architect until now. You will receive tickets for a self-guided tour of the building here.

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Casa Amatller, book tickets here

Casa Amatller

With Casa Amatller, Puig i Cadafalch created a beautiful modernistic residential building for the chocolate manufacterer Antoni Amatller, whose sweet delicacies can still be bought everywhere in Barcelona. Book tickets for the admission.

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Palau Güell, an early work of the architect Gaudí

Palau Güell

The Palau Güell is one of Antoni Gaudí’s early masterpieces. Parts of it remind of a Venetian palace. It is in the district of Raval, just a few steps off the Ramblas.

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Santa Maria del Mar, the most beautiful gothic church in Barcelona

Santa Maria del Mar

Visiting the Santa Maria del Mar is a must when you are in Barcelona. The church was built in only 55 years, so it is purely gothic and not a blend of different architectural styles. Book tickets for a guided tour.

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Casa de les Punxes

Casa de les Punxes

The architect and designer Josep Puig i Cadafalch did not doubt to break the standards of classicism and to build a large building, which is inspired by nothing less than the castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. Book tickets for the admission.

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Torre de Bellesguard - Gaudís tribute to the glow of the catalonian Middle Age

Torre de Bellesguard

The Torre de Bellesguard is one of Gaudi's works that is awarded only little importance. For sure without good reason, since you can see several elements in the Bellesguard, that he perfected in his later works. Bellesguard was Gaudi's only work for which he had to search for a building contractor. With this building, Gaudi executed a tribute to the middle age and interpreted the gothic in his own way.

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The cathedral La Seu of Barcelona, one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in Barcelona

Cathedral La Seu

The Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia is in the middle of the Gothic District. Its magnificent gothic interior has an extraordinarily pretty cloister.

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Opera house Gran Teatre del Liceu

The Opera House Gran Teatre del Liceu

The Gran Teatre del Liceu is one of the most important opera houses in Europe and one of the most beautiful attractions of Barcelona. Book a guided tour through the opera house.

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Santa Maria del Pi - a gothic trinket/ornament

Santa Maria del Pi

Visit Santa Maria del Pi, one of the many trinkets of the Catalan gothic, built in the early 14th century. The basilica distinguishes itself by the Catherine window, one of the world's largest of its kind.

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Colònia Güell

Crypt Güell

The Colònia Güell has been declared a cultural heritage. The crypt is the unfinished church of Antoni Gaudí, but it is a highlight in Gaudí's work. Here you can get tickets to enter the crypt and visit the settlement and the museum.

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Castell de Montjuïc, gigantic view over Barcelona

Castell de Montjuïc

The Castell de Montjuïc houses the military museum and offers an astonishing view over the city. At the foot of the rocky hill, there are many attractions such as the Poble Espanyol, an amusement park, the MNAC and parks.

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The monastery of Pedralbes

Monestir de Pedralbes - Monastery of Pedralbes

The Monastery of Pedralbes is one of the prettiest examples of Catalan gothic in Barcelona. It was built in the early 14th century and shows the everyday life of nuns. Religious art from the 14th to the 20th century is displayed in the monastery museum. The pretty gardens are a nice place to relax and stay a little while.

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Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp

Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp

The former Benedictine monastery of Sant Pau del Camp is the oldest preserved church in Barcelona today. The construction of the Romanesque church building is suspected in the late 9th century.

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Barcelona's new shopping centre Las Arenas

Shopping Centre Las Arenas

Barcelona won a new attraction with the opening of the shopping centre "Las Arenas". There are six floors with different shops, a fitness centre, a cinema, a museum and several bars and restaurants. The facade of the former bull ring was restored.

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Pavilion Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona

Pavilion Mies van der Rohe

The German pavilion of the World Exhibition in 1929 was built by Mies van der Rohe. The cofounder of the modern architecture used an architectural style that is often found in today’s modern architecture: a free and open layout. The Barcelona chair is a landmark of modern design. Mies van der Rohe had created it for the royal couple just for the inauguration of the exhibition. Today it is a classic and imitations can be found in many waiting rooms.

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Arc de Triomf and Passeig de Picasso

Arc de Triomf

The Arc de Triomf served as the entrance to the World Exhibition in 1888. A car-free street leads from here to the Parc de la Ciutadella.

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Torre Glòries, newest and (still) highest attraction in Barcelona

Torre Glòries

The 142 m tall office tower is Barcelona’s latest attraction. Depending on the incidence of light, it shimmers in all different colours; at night it is even illuminated.

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The most important buildings in Barcelona

Here we have listed the most significant buildings in Barcelona. It is worth visiting the following sights. You will get the tickets here:

Buildings on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Did you know that Barcelona is the city with the most objects on the UNESCO World Heritage List? Gaudí has his own entry on the list "Works by Gaudí".

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