The Substance and the Shell

Since it's at the top of the Barcelona tourist's ticklist, most people assume that the Sagrada Familia is the city's cathedral yet clearly this would be absurd.  Barcelona's history reaches back for two millennia.  The Sagrada, still unfinished, has been a feature of the city for only a fraction of this. Local legend tells the…

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Redemption (SOS)

Christians believe that Jesus redeemed the world from sin by sacrificing himself for the sake of all humanity, and yes before I get picked apart by theologians I know that's a simplistic explanation!  Nevertheless the message of redemption is an important one - the largest Christian statue in the world is called Christ the Redeemer…

Torre Impudens (SOS)

I've written about the preponderance of Modernist architecture in Barcelona, but how about something even more contemporary?  The city is also home to a number of buildings that can be categorised as High-Tech, but perhaps the term Late Modernism is more appropriate here. The category seems quite loosely defined; being more about the materials used…

El Puerto (SOS)

I couldn't blog about Barcelona without mentioning the port; sea trade brought prosperity to many European cities and here the port has been central to city life for two millennia.  Origin stories suggest that the city was either founded by Hercules, or by Hamilcar, the father of the famous Carthaginian military leader Hannibal.  In either event…