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  • 1. Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

    El Raval | Hospital

    Founded in the 10th century, this is one of Europe's earliest medical complexes, and contains some of Barcelona's most impressive Gothic architecture...Read More

  • 2. CaixaForum

    Montjuïc | Museum/Gallery

    This 1911 neo-Mudejar Art Nouveau masterpiece, originally built to house a factory by Josep Puig i Cadafalch (architect of Casa de les Punxes...Read More

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  • 3. Casa Milà

    Eixample | Notable Building

    Usually referred to as "La Pedrera" (the Stone Quarry), this building, with its wavy, curving stone facade undulating around the corner of the...Read More

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  • 4. Catedral de la Seu

    Barri Gòtic | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Barcelona's cathedral is a repository of centuries of the city's history and legend—although as a work of architecture visitors might find it...Read More

  • 5. Gran Teatre del Liceu

    La Rambla | Arts/Performance Venue

    Barcelona's opera house has long been considered one of the most beautiful in Europe, a rival to La Scala in Milan. First built in 1848, this...Read More

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  • 6. Palau de la Música Catalana

    Born-Ribera | Arts/Performance Venue

    On Carrer Amadeus Vives, just off Via Laietana, a 10-minute walk from Plaça de Catalunya, is one of the world's most extraordinary music halls...Read More

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  • 7. Palau Güell

    La Rambla | Historic Home

    Gaudí built this mansion in 1886–89 for textile baron Count Eusebi de Güell Bacigalupi, his most important patron. (The prominent four bars...Read More

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  • 8. Plaça del Rei

    Barri Gòtic | Plaza/Square

    This little square is as compact a nexus of history as anything the Barri Gòtic has to offer. Long held to be the scene of Columbus's triumphal...Read More

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  • 9. Poble Espanyol

    Montjuïc | Notable Building

    Created for the 1929 International Exhibition, the Spanish Village is a sort of open-air architectural museum, with faithful replicas to scale...Read More

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  • 10. Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau

    Eixample | Hospital

    Among the more recent tourist attractions in Barcelona, the Recinte Modernista (Modernist Complex) is set in what was surely one of the most...Read More

  • 11. Sant Pau del Camp

    El Raval | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Barcelona's oldest monastic church was originally outside the city walls ( del camp means "in the fields") and was a Roman cemetery as far...Read More

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  • 12. Santa Maria del Mar

    Born-Ribera | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    An example of early Catalan Gothic architecture, Santa Maria del Mar is extraordinary for its unbroken lines and elegance. At what was then...Read More

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  • 13. Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

    Eixample | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Barcelona's most emblematic architectural icon, Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família, is still under construction some 135 years after it was begun...Read More

  • 14. Ajuntament de Barcelona

    Barri Gòtic | Government Building

    The 15th-century city hall on Plaça Sant Jaume faces the Palau de la Generalitat, with its mid-18th-century neoclassical facade, across the...Read More

  • 15. Casa Amatller

    Eixample | Historic Home

    The neo-Gothic Casa Amatller was built by Josep Puig i Cadafalch in 1900, when the architect was 33 years old. Eighteen years younger than Domènech...Read More

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  • 16. Casa Batlló

    Eixample | Historic Home

    Gaudí at his most spectacular, the Casa Batlló is actually a makeover: it was originally built in 1877 by one of Gaudí's teachers, Emili Sala...Read More

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  • 17. Casa Bruno Cuadros

    La Rambla | Notable Building

    Like something out of an amusement park, this former umbrella shop was whimsically designed (assembled is more like it) by Josep Vilaseca in...Read More

  • 18. Casa de l'Ardiaca

    Barri Gòtic | Library/Archive

    The interior of this 15th-century building, home of the Municipal Archives (upstairs), has superb views of the remains of the 4th-century Roman...Read More

  • 19. Casa de la Caritat–Pati Manning

    El Raval | Library/Archive

    This house occupies what were once the grounds and buildings of a 14th-century Carthusian convent—though the convent itself is long gone. The...Read More

  • 20. Casa de la Misericòrdia

    El Raval | Educational Institution

    With its charming ivy-covered and palm-shaded courtyard, this property was once a vocational school and a home for the children of the destitute...Read More

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