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Explore Beautiful Buildings and Historical Backgrounds of Barcelona
Barcelona, once called 'Barcino' in former times, was once founded by Phoenicians and Carthaginians. Today, hundreds of years later, Barcelona is a vibrant city. Every year, more than 8 million people from all over the world travel to Barcelona in order to explore the city and all of what Barcelona has to offer. Many Barcelona sightseeing tours are available and so-called Barcelona tour guides, usually locals, offer their services to show tourists around and try to let them be part of this extraordinary city that combines history and the modern spirit.
Not only is the city interesting for young people who are eager for fashion and nightlife, but also for everyone who is interested in history. Several day tours in Barcelona are available, lead by experienced tour guides that are familiar with the city. Some of these focus on walking along the Old Town rather than others, that guide tourists along the Gothic Quater of Barcelona.
Track down on Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona
The city is embossed by the art of Antoni Gaudí, an architect born and raised in the area of Barcelona in the mid 19th century. Gaudí designed more than 10 buildings and places in Barcelona - 8 of them belong to today’s UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. To make it easier for tourists and interested visitors to explore these buildings, tour guides who are experts in this field are happy to show you around within interesting private Antoni Gaudí walking tours and provide you with facts and anecdotes about this Catalan artist. The most famous attractions are probably La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. In general, all of Gaudí's works are signed by Gaudís unique Catalan modernism design.
Dive into the fascinating world of Gaudi with 'La Sagrada Familia'
La Sagrada Familia Basilica is one of the most famous town's landmarks of Barcelona and definitely one of the most impressive sights of the city. Sometimes the church is being called cathedral, just because of its enormous size and even though without having an actual bishop's see. On November 7th, 2010 Pope Benedikt XVI hallowed the church, which is why it became a Basilica.
Ever since 1882, people were working on the church. Just a year later, after starting the actual work in 1883, Antoni Gaudí became head of the construction work until he died in 1926. His unique design can still be seen in this impressive and extraordinary building.
Experience the gardening in Park Güell
Park Güell definitely belongs to one of Barcelona's most famous sights and is considered a homage to nature by the well-know architect Antoni Gaudí. The history of this unique park can be traced back until 1885. Back then, Eusebi Güell, bought this huge piece of land which is located on top of a hill with a perfect view all over Barcelona. Five years later, Mr. Güell hired Gaudí to build a garden city. Living and nature should be complied into one, which Gaudí perfectly implemented.
Next to La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell was the biggest project of Antoni Gaudí.
Throughout the park, one can find beautiful, hand-designed benches to rest at locations with a fascinating overview of the city center.
Using the designed paths throughout the park for a well designed walking tour with an experienced local tour guide, will get you to the highlights of Park Güell and won't let you miss any of the beauty of this extraordinary place.
A loved gate - Arc de Triomf
Even though Barcelona really is embossed by the influences of Gaudí, the city still has other impressive buildings to offer. While doing a typical sightseeing tour or a day trip to Barcelona, there is more that you should not miss:
In 1888, just in time for the World Exhibition in Barcelona, the Arc de Triomf was finalized by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas. It was usually supposed to serve as the entrance gate to the exhibition. Over the years it became an emblem of the city and now belongs to the cityscape of Barcelona. It is located in the so-called Park de la Ciutadella. An interesting fact is, that the Arc de Triomf reflects the gate to the modern time of Barcelona in the late 19th century. Looking through it in the direction of Park de la Ciutadella, one looks right into the direction of the modern district of Barcelona.
Nice to know
Even walking tours with a local guide are great to explore the bustling streets, market squares and incredible attractions, there are a lot more things to do in Barcelona during your holidays. Do you fancy to take sightseeing to a new level? See the sights of Barcelona by Segway and enjoy panoramic views differently.
You also have the chance to join a Barcelona Bike tour. This way, you'll have some exercise and a enjoable outdoor experience among other travelers. Don't worry, stops are made at any point of interest to take photos and hear plenty of fascinating stories about Barcelona.