In 1883, Manel Vicens i Montaner, a stock broker-dealer, entrusts the young architect Gaudí with the project of his summer residence in the old village of Gràcia. It’s his first masterpiece and one of the first buildings that inaugurate Modernism in Catalonia and Europe.
The Plaça de Sant Felip Neri is a unique square in Barcelona, named after the Baroque church of the same name that presides over it. It’s located in the Gothic Quarter, in the district of Ciutat Vella, and more specifically in the neighbourhood of Call and Sant Felip Neri. If you pay attention, you can see the holes made by shrapnel from an air bomb the national side threw during the Spanish Civil War.
The landmark of the mountain of Montjuïc is undoubtedly its castle, built in 1751 by the military engineer, Juan Martín Cermeño. Prior to the 17th century, and thanks to historic documents, we know that originally there was only a lighthouse or small signal tower at the top of the mountain, which warned the city of approaching vessels.
The statue of Columbus is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Built in homage to the explorer, Christopher Columbus, it rises above Plaça del Portal de la Pau, at the point where the bottom of La Rambla and Passeig de Colom meet, in front of the port of Barcelona. Inside the column there is a lift which takes you up to the hemisphere just beneath the statue’s feet and from where you can enjoy stunning views of the city.