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Arc de Triomf: The Gateway to Barcelona’s 1888 Universal Expedition

The Arc de Triomf was built as the gateway portal to the 1888 Universal Exhibition. The massive red brick Arc de Triomf stands at the end the Passeig de Lluís Companys, a wide pedestrian boulevard that serves as the entrance to Barcelona’s beautiful urban park, Parc de la Ciutadella. Many visitors pass through the Arc de Triomf on their way to see all the sites at the Parc de la Ciutadella, including the Barcelona Zoo and the Cascada fountain. It is a much-photographed Barcelona landmark, as it’s also near a busy metro station.

Moor Influenced Design - Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas designed the celebratory Arc de Triomf using what is known as the Mudéjar style, recognized by the use of glazed red brickwork. This style was developed by the Moors in the 12th century and made for an impressive entrance to the 1888 Exhibition. The Mudéjar style is quite different from the neo-classical design of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

The Arc de Triomf is adorned with some distinctive sculptures. Josep Reynés designed a frieze on the front titled, “Barcelona welcomes the nations” depicting Spain’s provinces with a decorative coat of arms set off by two lions. The front of the arch is also noteworthy for its use of twin columns that deviate from the pure Mudéjar style.

Statues of women in white flowing dress designed by artists Josep Llimona and Josep Reynés, also adorn the front section of arch. Josep Llimona also created the sculpture on the back of the arch, named Recompense, who later went on to prominence in 1907 for his prize winning marble statue named, Grief depicting a mourning woman.

Visitors to this exciting Mediterranean city should certainly make time to view this 19th century landmark for a sense of its massive size and scope. Take a stroll down the leafy promenade on your way to the Parc de la Ciutadella.
Arc de Triomf Barcelona
Where is Arc de Triomf: Passeig de Lluís Companys

How to get to Arc de Triomf: By Subway – Line 1 to Arc de Triomf station

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