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 … Continue reading The Substance and the Shell

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Worth Doing Güell (SOS)

Situated much further out from the city that the other Gaudí sites that I've written about, Parc Güell seemed no less popular, based on my inability to get a shot of the famous mosaic salamander without someone draping themselves over it for their holiday album. To be fair, I like to try to find a different … Continue reading Worth Doing Güell (SOS)

House of Bones (SOS)

In the same way as Casa Milà is better known as Le Pedrera (The Quarry), so Casa Batlló, another Gaudí masterpiece, has a number of alternative names in the local population.  Some refer to it as the Dragon House, referring to the scaly ceramic roof tiles and suggesting that the Gaudí cross and turret to … Continue reading House of Bones (SOS)

What did the Romans…. (SOS)

... ever do for Catalonia? Earlier in my posts about Barcelona I mentioned that the development of the city really began with the arrival of the Romans who developed a great port here and laid the foundations for the prosperous metropolis that was to spread inland.  So is this a city with Roman sites to … Continue reading What did the Romans…. (SOS)

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 … Continue reading Redemption (SOS)

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 … Continue reading Torre Impudens (SOS)

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 … Continue reading El Puerto (SOS)