"The grand doorway" Arc De Triomf Tip by Joacim
Arc De Triomf, Barcelona: 67 reviews and 114 photos
This beautiful arch was built for the 1888 Universal Exposition, which took place at the Parc de la Ciutadella. The Arc de Triomf, situated at the end of a wide promenade, served as the exposition's main entrance.
The design by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas stands out from other well-known arches - in particular the Arc de Triomphe in Paris - by its colorful brickwork in mudéjar style, a style which has its origins in Moorish architecture. The arch is decorated with stone carvings. The front frieze by Josep Reynés shows the city of Barcelona welcoming visitors. The other side, designed by Josep Llimona shows a prize-giving ceremony.
The crown of the arch is adorned with a stone carving of the Coat of Arms of Barcelona. All the other Spanish provinces are represented as well on either side of the crown. The arc is also adorned with twelve statues of women, symbolizing fame.
It is a masterpiece and walking through it always makes me smiling thinking of all the people walking through here over time. Wonder what an estimate should be if you try t calculate.
Address: Passeig de Lluis Companys.
Directions: Barri Gotic Metro: Arc de Triomf.
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