and the Counts of Catalonia
Barcelona is located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range. Founded as a Roman city, in the Middle Ages Barcelona became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona continued to be an important city in the Crown of Aragon as an economical and administrative centre of this Crown and the capital of the Principality of Catalonia. Barcelona is renowned for the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Barcelona is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.

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The fish is a frequently recurring motif in Gehry’s work, serving as inspiration and mascot. In the Olympic Village for the 1992 Games, a monumental fish sculpture functions as a landmark and anchors a retail complex designed by Gehry within a larger Skidmore, Owings & Merrill hotel development.

Gaga for Gaudi

Colourful style
Antoni Gaudí was born in Reus in 1852. From the early beginnings his designs were radically different from those of his contemporaries. Gaudí was not so much influenced by other architect’s ideas but more by forms of nature. This basic concept of using nature as the primary influences for his creativity is reflected in the use of the natural curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures, and organic-like shapes. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona architecture and you will see stunning examples of Gaudí’s work all around the city centre.

This and much more awaits you in the Barcelona leg of our European tours

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