When we are planning a trip, one of the best ways to get information and tips about any given place, is to talk to people who’ve been there or who live in that place. Right? With that in mind, I asked my friend Cristina da Rosa, who writes the blog Sol de Barcelona, to give us some tips on the city she calls home. She came up with an insightful topic, Barcelona beyond Gaudi, which you can see below.
Architect Antoni Gaudí is a Barcelona icon. Besides the amazing works of this genius of modern architecture, Barcelona still has a lot to offer. Here I suggest a “Barcelona beyond Gaudí”, and you will discover some other cool places to visit. Shall we start?
Barcelona, just like many other European cities, was founded by the Romans. After over 2000 years of history, you can still see some marks they left in the city.
This is the Romans’ “sepulchral road”, a roadside graveyard. The Romans used to bury their dead on the roads leading outside town, to make sure the dead would never be forgotten.
Temple of Augustus
Roman columns inlaid on a building wall? That’s true. In the 19th century, three columns were found inside the old Temple of Augustus, at the Barcelona Excursionist Centre.
Barcelona History Museum
This is the city’s best museum, in my opinion. You will take an elevator, go to the underground floor, and you’ll be able to explore the ruins of the Roman city of Barcino.
OTHER FAMOUS ARCHITECTS
If you thought Gaudí was Barcelona’s only modernist architect, I’ve got some news. Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch were also very prominent Catalan architects. Just beside Casa Batllò, restored by Antoni Gaudí, we can find two of their houses.
Restored by Puig i Cadafalch, this house mixes neo-Gothic and flamenco styles. It belonged to a very famous Catalan chocolate maker.
Casa Lleò i Morera
Lluís Domènech i Montaner was commissioned to redesign this building in 1902, and in 1906 the mayor chose it as the Barcelona’s most beautiful building.
Barcelona is home to several gorgeous churches! That comes as no surprise, considering that churches used to be the cities’ most important buildings in the Middle Ages. There are three churches in Barcelona that I highly recommend:
Santa Maria del Mar
Built in the 14th century with seafare workers money and labour, it’s located in the Born district.
Santa Maria del Pi
Located in the Gothic quarter and also built in the 14th century.
Its early 20th century neo-Gothic façade shocked Gaudí, but tourists fell in love with it.
What about following on Picasso’s footsteps around Barcelona? It’s definitely worthwhile if you’re a fan of the arts and cubism works.
Bar 4 Gats: Carrer de Montsió, 3, Gothic quarter
Panel at the School of Architecture: Plaza Nova.
Picasso Museum: Carrer Montcada, 15-23, Born district.
Sala Parés: Carrer Petritxol, 5. This is where Picasso first exhibited his works, in 1901.
So, which one is your Barcelona?
Brazilian-born Cristina da Rosa, has been living in Barcelona for over four years, and writes the blog Sol de Barcelona in Portuguese. She is a historian and also works as a Barcelona tour guide for Portuguese speakers.