Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the
second largest city in Spain, after Madrid.
It is the sixth-most populous urban area in the
European Union after Paris, London, the Ruhr,
Madrid and Milan.
Barcelona is today one of the world's leading
tourist, economic, trade fair/exhibitions and
cultural-sports centres, and its influence in
commerce, education, entertainment, media,
fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its
status as one of the world's major global cities
It is the fourth economically powerful city by GDP
in the European Union and 35th in the world with
an output amounting to €177 billion.
Barcelona is the transport hub with one of
Europe's principal ports, Barcelona international
airport, which handles above 34 million
passengers per year, extensive motorway
network and also is a hub of high-speed rail,
particularly that which is intended to link Spain
with France and the rest of Europe, as the second
longest in the world.
Park Güell: is a garden complex , designed by
World Heritage Sites of Barcelona
Palau Güell: is a mansion designed by the
architect Antony Gaudi
Casa Milà: is a building designed by the
Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built during
the years 1905–1910, being considered officially
completed in 1912.
Casa Vicens : is a family residence in, designed
by Antoni Gaudí and built for industrialist Manuel
The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada
Família, commonly known as the Sagrada Família
, is a large Roman Catholic church and symbol of
Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni
Casa Batlló : is a building restored by Antoni
Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, built in 1877 and
remodelled in the years 1904–1906
Palau de la Música Catalana: is a concert hall
in Barcelona, designed in the Catalan modernista
style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner,
it was built between 1905 and 1908
The former Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant
Pau , English: Hospital of the Holy Cross and
Saint Paul) in the neighborhood of El Guinardó, ,
is a complex built between 1901 and 1930,
designed by the Catalan modernist architect Lluís
Domènech i Montaner.
It was a fully functioning hospital until June
2009, it is currently undergoing restoration for use
as a museum and cultural center.
The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya,
abbreviated as MNAC, is the national museum of
Catalan visual art. It is especially notable for its
outstanding collection of romanesque church
Fundació Joan Miró,
Cosmocaixa, a science museum that received
the European Museum of the Year Award in 2006.
Erotic Museum: set up with the clear purpose of
providing an educational and recreational centre
focusing on eroticism.
Barcelona contains sixty-eight municipal parks,
of which twelve are historic parks, five are
thematic (botanical) parks, forty-five are urban
parks and six are forest parks.
The urban parks alone cover 10% of the city.
Parks in Barcelona
Palau Sant Jordi (St. George's sporting arena)
and Montjuïc Communications Tower
Torre Agbar: is a 38-story skyscraper / tower,
which measures a total of 50,693 square metres,
of which 30,000 are offices, 3,210 technical
facilities, 8,132 services, including an auditorium,
and 9,132 square metres for parking.
The Arc de Triomf, is a triumphal arch, which
was built for the Exposición Universal de
Barcelona (1888), as its main access gate by
architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas.