Do you think that Barcelona’s Arc de Triomphe is the same as the one in Paris? Or as the one in Milan? It isn’t!
The Arc, situated in the intersection between Passeig de Lluìs Companys and Passeig de Sant Joan, was built for the Great Exhibition in Barcelona in 1888, as a figurative enourmous gate for the whole Exhibition. Therefore the government’s aim was to celebrate the human artistic, scientific and economic progress instead of the military victories as the Arc of Peace in Milan, or the Arc the Triomphe in Paris.
I loved looking at the delicate details of the Arc, for example all the 49 spanish province’s shields on top.
I took a walk from the boulevard that goes from the Arc de Triomphe to one of the entrances of the Citadel Park.
From here you can go directly to the Citadel Park: read our specific article —> http://www.hotelginebra.com.es/welcome/citadel-park/
Almost at the end of the street there was this nice coloured map painted on the floor, showing the tangled streets of the ancient part of Barcelona. Everybody wants to take a picture “on Barcelona”!
The boulevard ends with this atonishing marble, just before entering the Ciutadel Park.
I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did!
Valeria Puca – Hotel Ginebra