Category: Travel

Las Arenas de Barcelona

This is the view from the Las Arenas in Barcelona, a former bullring, now converted to a shopping mall with a top floor that has restaurants and a platform to go right round the building for a spectacular 360 degrees view of Barcelona city. It is right opposite the Plaça d’Espanya (the roundabout in the picture) and road that leads up to the Magic Fountain.

 

The Nativity Facade

The intricate detail of the sculptures and artwork on this facade can only be appreciated in person as this image neither portrays the workmanship nor the grandeur of this structure. This facade was what Gaudi personally supervised and most of the work was complete before his untimely death in 1926. The 4 columns are bell towers, the inner 2 reaching 107m and the outer 2 are 98m, with the particular shape and the gaps between the stones designed to enhance the sounds of the bells.