The Unique Landmarks of Barcelona and Their Surprising History

Let me share one secret with you — I have a soft spot for Barcelona. This cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia in Spain is so rich in history and culture that it took my breath away. And the best testament to this are the numerous unique and beautiful landmarks of Barcelona. From the architectural masterpieces made by Antoni Gaudí to the historic sites that you can find in almost every corner of this city. Barcelona offers you so much — and here are just some of the spots that you shouldn’t miss out on.

La Sagrada Familia

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La Sagrada Familia is perhaps the most iconic symbol of Barcelona, and the first landmark many think of when hearing the name of this city. So it’s no surprise that this was one of the many creative masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí. Construction of this monumental church began in 1882 and continues to this day, with an expected completion date in 2026. However, we have to warn you — the deadline is constantly changing.

Gaudí’s initial vision for La Sagrada Familia was inspired by nature, with its towering spires representing the branches of trees reaching towards the sky. The intricate facade of the basilica is adorned with sculptural details that tell biblical stories. But what makes this architectural structure so unique is that it was the last one Gaudí had the chance to work on, and even lost his life after getting hit by a tram while admiring his masterpiece.

Park Güell

Park Güell is a whimsical oasis designed by who other than Gaudí. Even though it’s one of the most famous landmarks of Barcelona, initially it was envisioned as a residential project that never fully materialized. Today, the park stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a playground of fantastical elements that reflect Gaudí’s playful imagination. Visiting this colorful place will make you feel like you’ve entered a real-life fairy tale village.

The iconic mosaic lizard, “El Drac,” welcomes visitors at the entrance, while the serpentine bench made out of colorful ceramic tiles offers a panoramic view of the city. Also — don’t miss the opportunity to take a picture here! This park is truly one of the prettiest places in Europe, and not just in Barcelona. You will not only feel like you’re in a kid’s book, but also get the chance to admire some gorgeous views of this equally as gorgeous city.

Casa Batlló

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Casa Batlló, located on the prestigious Passeig de Gràcia, is a masterpiece of Modernisme architecture and one of Gaudí’s most celebrated works. The building’s facade, with its undulating lines and colorful tiles, evokes the image of a dragon, symbolizing the legend of Saint George. Inside, the interiors are a symphony of light and color, with intricate details that showcase Gaudí’s attention to craftsmanship and innovation. This is another example of how extraordinary Gaudí truly was. He could transform any architectural structures into a magnificent piece of art.

Montjuïc

Montjuïc, a prominent hill overlooking Barcelona, has played a pivotal role in the city’s history. From its strategic location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea to its cultural significance as a site of the 1992 Summer Olympics, Montjuïc is a multifaceted landmark that offers a glimpse into Barcelona’s past and present. The hill is home to several attractions, including the Montjuïc Castle, the Joan Miró Foundation, and the Montjuïc Cemetery, each contributing to the rich tapestry of Barcelona’s heritage.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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