Category Archives: Catalonia
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand on top of the famous Arc de Triomf or visit the chambers of Barcelona Town Hall? Now you have the chance to do it during the 48h Open House event!
Between 19th and 20th October over 150 buildings in Barcelona will open its doors to the public! Barcelona is one of the main European cities in terms of the architectural beauty and now you have a unique opportunity to visit its buildings for free! This event is not aimed solely at architecture buffs, but at everyone who would like to “explore and understand the value of a space, designed and well built”.
Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, commonly known as the Sagrada Familia, is the icon of Barcelona and one of Gaudí’s masterpieces. It’s so unique on a world scale that it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage even before being finished.
If you have ever been to Catalonia, you probably know that Catalan people are very proud of their cultural heritage and that’s not without reason. Along with other unique cultural traditions, festivals and celebrations, castell (human tower) is a spectacle definitely worth watching. It will leave you speechless, I can guarantee it.
This beautiful fairy-tale house is Gaudí’s masterpiece and it’s considered one of his most emblematic works.
The house was originally built between 1875 and 1877 by one of Gaudí’s teachers, Emilio Salas Cortés. Back then it was a simple classical building, which was bought by textile businessman Josep Batlló in 1900. Batlló dreamt of an extraordinary house and decided to hire Gaudí (who was then 52 years old) to have it redesigned.
Spain is an interesting place to find yourself during the Holy Week that precedes Easter (Semana Santa). The weather is usually glorious (which not always can be said about the rest of Europe) and Spanish Easter customs in many regions have preserved their traditional and unique form.