It is common to hear people who have visited Barcelona describing the city with the phrase “Barcelona is art”, and this is not an unfair judge.
Barcelona's history and tradition can be felt in every corner of its districts. Its buildings represent different architectural styles, making Barcelona a resemblance of an open air urban museum. On the former Roman city, plenty of Gothic buildings recreate ancient times. The Cathedral surroundings and the Ribera District have very well preserved medieval corners with narrow streets where the old seaman and traders' presence can be felt. On the other hand, the central area of Barcelona holds great pieces of the 19th century architecture. The city is also well known in the world by the outstanding buildings wonderfully created by masters such as Gaudí, Puig and Doménech, some of which were declared heritage sites by the UNESCO.
Along its streets, Barcelona offers monuments of extreme beauty and cultural value. Some examples are the Torre de Calatrava, a post-modern sculpture symbol of communications; the “Manzana de la Discordia”, a group of buildings of different styles that include the Casa Lleó, Casa Batlló and the Casa Amatller; Christopher Columbus monument; the Olympic Stadium; the ancient Palacio de la Virreina and the super modern Palacio Saint Jordi.
Barcelona's museums cover a wide variety of cultural areas where everything from zoology to art and from archeology to science can be found. Some of the most remarkable ones are the Picasso Museum and the Dalí Museum (each of them home of the great Painters' collection); the Football Museum (located inside the Camp Nou, Barcelona´s Stadium); The Museum of the History of Catalonia (where artistic pieces of all times are guarded); el Museu de historia de la Ciutat (home of several pieces that reflect the history of Barcelona); the Tapies Museum (where the master's works are exhibited); the Contemporary art Museum; the Barcelona Centre of Contemporary culture (one of the best plastic museums in Europe) and the Maritime Museum, among others.
Barcelona is also a green city, full of colored beautiful parks, monuments and artistic expressions. The Park Güell, a symbol of Barcelona, is one of Gaudís' Masterpieces and a World Heritage Site. The Parque del Laberinto de Horta holds the most ancient garden in the city and performs a real maze. The university gardens keep an important reserve of plants and animals, while providing an excellent relaxing atmosphere. The Barceloneta Park is a perfect combination of green areas and ancient industrial buildings that met in a modern environment. The Ciudatella Park, with its wonderful lake and XIX century buildings is a great place for a day out in the heart of the city. These are only a few of the urban and thematic parks that visitors will find in Barcelona.
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