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Arc del Triomf

  • Passeig de Sant Joan Map It
  • La Ciutadella
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

This imposing, exposed-redbrick arch was built by Josep Vilaseca as the grand entrance for the 1888 Universal Exhibition. Similar in size and sense to the traditional triumphal arches of ancient Rome, this one refers to no specific military triumph anyone can recall. In fact, Catalonia's last military triumph of note may have been Jaume I el Conqueridor's 1229 conquest of the Moors in Mallorca—as suggested by the bats (always part of Jaume I's coat of arms) on either side of the arch itself. The Josep Reynés sculptures adorning the structure represent Barcelona hosting visitors to the exhibition on the western side (front), while the Josep Llimona sculptures on the eastern side depict the prizes being given to its outstanding contributors.

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Passeig de Sant Joan, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08018, Spain

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Published 08/18/2015


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