When in Barcelona

Earlier this week we were going through some of the pictures from our Spain trip reminiscing about the beautiful places we visited and we came across some of the attractions in Barcelona, which we had not shared in our blog. So here are the five places in Barcelona that are just as delightful as Gaudi’s masterpieces:

1. Glory of Catalan Concert Hall

Palau de la Musica Catalana
Palau de la Musica Catalana
The exterior of the concert hall
The exterior of the concert hall
Sculpture on the Facade symbolising Catalan
Sculpture on the Facade symbolising Catalan

Spain has about 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites all over the country and during our stay in Spain we got an opportunity to visit five among them including the Palau de la Musica Catalana. The concert hall was one of the first few structures representing the Catalan cultural movement and a masterpiece of its kind. Although we were unable to watch any concert in this extraordinary place, we managed to book a guided tour (17 Euros per person) and have an opportunity to admire the concert hall.

Foyer staircase
Foyer staircase

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Intricate mosaic work on the columns of the Salon
Intricate mosaic work on the columns of the Salon

Every nook and corner of the hall has an artistic piece that we were completely in awe of and could not help but imagine the glory of the place when the world’s best artists perform here. Palau de la Musica Catalana was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1997 along with Hospital de Sant Pau for its unique and imaginative architectural style.

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Stained glass ceiling
Stained glass ceiling

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The Stage
The Stage
Sculpture of Muses on the stage
Sculpture of Muses on the stage
The concert hall
The concert hall

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2. Walk through the Roman Ruins at MUHBA

MUHBA
MUHBA (Courtyard of Casa Padellas)

The Barcelona City History Museum at Barri Gotic has a very descriptive display of the remains of the Roman city that existed during ancient times in Barcelona. The museum gave us vivid picture of how the life in Roman Barcelona was during the period of 1st Century BC to 7th Century AD, with the well laid out living quarters, shops, fish and wine factory and so on. If you have a free day to spend in Barcelona and are interested in ancient history, this is a must visit place. Ticket to the museum costs 7 Euros per person.

Ancient artefact
Ancient artefact

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The Barcino (Living quarters of Roman Barcelona)
The Barcino (Living quarters of Roman Barcelona)
The Dying section of the laundry
The Dying section of the laundry
Wine Making facility
Wine Making facility

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Barcelona

St Agatha's Chapel
St Agatha’s Chapel

3. Indulge yourself in the Chocolate museum

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Known as the “delicious museum” of Barcelona, the Museo de la Xocolata is a museum for all the chocolate lovers. We spent an hour walking through some impressive sculptures made of chocolate and also learning the history of cocoa in Europe since the time it was brought from South America. The tantalizing aroma of cocoa along with the mouth-watering chocolate miniature display would tempt anyone to dig in to a few chocolate bars.

Various chocolate ads
Various chocolate ads

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4. Get lost in Spanish Village

Plaza Espanya
Plaza Espanya

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Avila Towers - Entrance to the Spanish Village
Avila Towers – Entrance to the Spanish Village
Place Major at Poble Espanyol
Placa Major at Poble Espanyol
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Bell tower at Plaza Aragonesa

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Barcelona

The Poble Espanyol or famously known as the “Spanish Village”, is a famous tourist attraction of the city located close to the Montjuic (Walking distance from Plaza Espanya). It is an open-air museum showcasing authentic Spanish communities and their varied culture and traditions. Built in 1929 as a part of World Exhibition, the village currently holds events with lots of activities and culinary delights to try.Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona5. Soak in the beauty of Magic Fountain

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The Montjuic Illuminated Fountain

BarcelonaThe Magic Fountain of Montjuic is another famous tourist spot near the Poble Espanyol that was built simultaneously with the village for the World Exhibition in 1929. The spectacular display of light, water and music show is something one cannot miss during their visit to Barcelona. Hundreds of people gather to watch this show every night (except Monday to Wednesday) between 7pm to 9pm. It was a perfect way to end our night in Barcelona and even after two back-to-back shows,we could not take our eyes of the stunning display.Barcelona

Night view of the Montjuic National Palace
Night view of the Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and the fountain

Here is the video from the show we watched:

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