Arc de Triomf, Barcelona

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona (must see)

Marking the inland gateway to Parc de la Ciutadella, this imposing brick structure is the precursor of the architectural marvels awaiting visitors further inside the park. The Arch of Triumph was built for the Universal Exposition of 1888 and initially served as the event's main gate. Years on, the arch still looks impressive, even from a distance.

Its decoration comprises four monumental friezes: the one at the front depicts Barcelona as a woman welcoming world's nations to the Exposition; the one at the back features the same woman giving out the awards; while the side friezes each symbolize respectively the Exposition's main sections, namely: Agriculture, Industry, Trade, and Art.

The arch reflects Mudejar architectural style, the origins of which are distinctively Moorish which, in turn, make it stand out from the crowd of other similar triumphal arches around the world. Also adding to its appeal is the adjacent alley lined with palm trees – reportedly, the most attractive palm-tree species found in Barcelona.

The arch is a popular photo sight with tourists and is just as much loved by the locals too, considering the number of joggers, rollers, or picnickers regularly flocking nearby.

Tip:
The surrounding El Born area abounds in cafés and baking shops catering to the tastes of lovers of cakes and of other delicacies. If you're a sweet tooth yourself, make sure to give your taste buds a good treat!

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Arc de Triomf on Map

Sight Name: Arc de Triomf
Sight Location: Barcelona, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk II La Ribera Walking Tour

Walking Tours in Barcelona, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Creating your own self-guided walk in Barcelona is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Barcelona Food Walk

Barcelona Food Walk

No one should visit Barcelona without making an attempt to get to know some of the best food in Spain – Catalan food. An abundance of fresh fish and superb meat, a plethora of great vegetables, plus local inventiveness, have produced a very diverse, distinctive and delicious cuisine, including the famous tapas. Follow this self-guided walk to treat your taste buds in the Catalan capital.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Montjuic Walking Tour

Montjuic Walking Tour

Montjuic is a hill in Barcelona which offers a variety of great attractions of historic, cultural, and architectural value. Here, you can watch a spectacular water show by Magic Fountain of Montjuic, visit the place where matadors faced the bulls in the past, explore the Castell de Montjuic with its breathtaking views, and much more. Discover the best spots of Montjuic with this self-guided walk...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

According to legend, Barcelona was founded by mythological Greek hero Hercules on one of his expeditions, when his boats were hit by a storm. The first 8 boats managed to escape without damage, but the 9th one was lost at sea. Hercules found his lost friends some days later, along a small hill, all safe and sound. The crew was taken by the beauty of the coastal landscape, and so they decided to...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

Gothic Quarter Walking Tour

The Gothic Quarter is a dense nucleus of historic buildings that has formed the central part of the Old City since Roman times. This charming neighborhood has many narrow, atmospheric streets and peaceful squares filled with trendy bars, clubs and Catalan restaurants where you can explore, relax, and feel the sense of history. Take this self-guided walk to travel back in time and discover all the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Barcelona Shopping Walk

Barcelona Shopping Walk

Set among the world's prime cultural destinations, Barcelona is en route to becoming one of Europe's top shopping spots as well. Fashionable designer stores are filling the streets of Barcelona with each new day, from well known international brands to local start ups. Barcelona is also an excellent gourmet destination, offering plenty of goodies to try on the spot or take home with you....  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
La Barceloneta Walking Tour

La Barceloneta Walking Tour

La Barceloneta neighborhood was originally formed during the 18th century by fishermen and their families. Today, La Barceloneta beach is one of the most active areas of the city, both during the day and night. In addition to its beaches, the neighborhood also features a lovely marina, a popular market, and many fancy restaurants and cafes. This self-guided tour will help you discover the modern...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles

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