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Barcelona architecture

Barcelona's architecture attracts millions of sightseeing tourists each year. On this page you will find a list of to most important architectural monuments in the city, including works from Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, and recent architects such as Jean Nouvel. Each guide page has information on the history, address, and price of each building.

If you want to feel at home while you tour Barcelona's fascinating architecture, we recommend that you stay in an apartment in the city centre.

Barcelona architecture in city centre

The Eixample Dret district is known for its modernista architecture and is the area in which you will find most examples of these monuments. Amongst works by Antoni Gaudí here you will find La Pedrera (aka Casa Mila) and Casa Batlló along Passieg de Gràcia, buildings where you can visit the roof terraces of both. You'll also find Gaudí's Sagrada Familia, his masterpiece that's still under construction. From here, Avinguda Gaudí connects you to Hospital de Sant Pau by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. In Eixample Esquerre, more specifically the Montjuic area, there's more modern buildings such as Fira de Barcelona and Palau Sant Jordi, which host international events.

The Barri Gotic is full of neo-gothic and roman architecture hidden amongst its narrow streets. For example there's Barcelona Cathedral, built in 1460, but renovated by the 20th century to a much grander scale. There's Santa Maria del Mar church nearby in Born.

Close to La Rambla, in the Raval neighbourhood you can visit another Barcelona monument, Palau Güell, famous for its roof with 20 colourful chimneys. It's yet another building from the renowned Antoni Gaudí.

The Poblenou area is developed from an industrial zone, a development which gives rise to skyline defining architecture such as Torre Agbar, alongside lesser known buildings like The National Theatre of Catalonia.

Barcelona architecture outside the city centre

Unless you count Gràcia, you're less likely to find Modernista style buildings or works by Gaudi in these districts, but away from the centre there's lots of architecture to sightsee with easy access via public transport. Monestir de Pedralbes (Pedralbes Monastery) is a charming escape built in the gothic style consisting of three buildings with many arches and columns. It's found in the Sarrià - Sant gervasi district where you'll find a hidden gem from Gaudí called Torre Bellesguard.

Finally, there's Camp Nou, an iconic location for football fans and followers of FC Barcelona. It's one of the best examples of European stadiums as it's the highest capacity at 99,354 people. You can take a tour or get a ticket to a football match here.

Map of important architecture to visit in Barcelona

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