Discover the charm and beauty of Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain's second-largest city welcomes visitors to its friendly atmosphere and history waiting to be explored.

Situated along the coast of theMediterranean Sea between the Llobregat and Besòs River, lies#Barcelona, Spain's second-largest metropolis. The city's history goes all the way back to some 4,000 years when the earliest settlements were first established by local farmers. Ever since those early years, Barcelona has grown to become one of #Europe's most cosmopolitan cities along with a fascinating way of life and a lively atmosphere.

Attractions

One of the most popular boulevards in Barcelona is La Rambla, a favorite among locals and tourists. This lively spot is shared among street performers, mimes and vendors selling just about everything from watches to fine jewelry. Just a short walk down the boulevard is the Palau de la Virreina, an 18th-century rococo mansion and also home to the Culture Institute. The institute presents a number of art expos as well as cultural functions. Another popular attraction on La Rambla is the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a renowned 19th-century opera house that first opened its doors on April 4, 1847.

The Gothic Quarter includes the old part of the city. The artist Picasso occupied a residence here in Barri Gotic, working from 1895 to 1904. The Gothic Quarter is situated on the right side of the La Rambla and contains several Gothic architectural dwellings dating back to the 14th and 15th century. Several of the narrow and winding streets have become popular spots to a majority of the area's nightlife.

One of the most spectacular landmarks in Barcelona is La Sagrada Familia, a magnificent Roman Catholic cathedral. Barcelona's renowned architect Antoni Gaudi designed and began to construct the basilica in 1882. The impressive spires of the unfinished cathedral appear to reach out to the heaven. Unfortunately, Gaudi passed away in 1926 prior to his masterpiece being completed. Since that time, controversy has continuously beset the completion of the cathedral. The cathedral is set to be completed in 2026, during the centennial of Gaudí's death.

Another featured site is the La Pedrera - Casa Mila (Mila House), an apartment building and also a UNESCO World Heritage site, constructed between 1906 and 1912 by the renowned architect, Antoni Gaudi. This unique building is one of the architect's greatest and most ambitious accomplishments. The building is open to the public, allowing visitors a rooftop view of the city and also access to a small museum devoted to Gaudi's work.

A little further from the city is Tibidabo, the tallest mountain within the Collserola mountain range creating a beautiful backdrop with magnificent vistas of Barcelona. There is also Parc d'Atraccions, an amusement park providing ferris wheel and roller coaster rides with a likewise spectacular view of the city. Visitors can choose a lift from the park at 115m (383 ft.) up to the visitors' observation deck at Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower.

Museums

The Barbier-Mueller Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is the only museum in Europe devoted to Pre-Columbian cultures. Situated in a medieval palace, its collection is among one of the very finest of its kind. It provides visitors with a glimpse into a prosperous community of the earliest civilizations pertaining to the Americas. The tiny museum displays a number of items such as wood and stone sculptures, ceramics, tapestries, and jade. The exhibits represent the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Chavin, Mochica and Inca cultures.

The Museu Picasso is perhaps the most popular and visited museum in Barcelona featuring approximately 3,500 exhibits that represent the permanent collection. Among the exhibited items is Picasso's early work of art. The artist dedicated a number of his years in Barcelona (1901-06) producing several works of art. The exhibits include childhood drawings, images from the stunning Rose and Blue time period, and the prominent 1950s Cubist versions on Velazquez's Las Meninas

Published: http://us.blastingnews.com/lifestyle/2016/09/discover-the-charm-and-beauty-of-barcelona-spain-001096593.html
 

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