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The Placa de Catalunya is a very popular tourist attraction because of the amazing and unique architecture.  This is a large town square and is considered as the center of Barcelona.

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Barcelona / Culture of Barcelona

Culture is one of the main draws to Barcelona, the city has been home to many famous artists and the architecture is a living art exhibit everywhere you go. The beautiful city attracts artists who offer their skills as pavement artists along the Ramblas.

Visual Arts in Barcelona

You'll be spoilt for choice by the number of excellent museums in Barcelona. At the National Art Museum of Catalonia you can the collections of the Catalonia Museum of Art with Romanesque art work, frescos, 13th-18th century Gothic renaissance and baroque art work as well as the collections from the Museum of Modern Art and the Numismatic Collection of Catalonia. The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art displays works created mostly in Spain after 1945. Fundacio Joan Miro Museum highlights the work of Miro who was born in Barcelona. He produced paintings, sculptures and ceramics. The Picasso Museum's collection includes Picasso's early work and Las Meninas series. Fundacio Antoni Tapiasis is dedicated to the artist's life and work, here you can see temporary exhibitions, film screenings and attend lectures. For contemporary art visit one of the Art Factories, galleries set up in former factories. Book lovers can visit Barcelona's incredible libraries and archives as well as the annual Fiesta del Libro in April. The Casa de Cervantes is dedicated to the works of author Miguel de Cervantes.

Barcelonan Architecture

The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona takes pride of place in the city, with most buildings being of historic significance dating back as far as the Romans but most are from the Middle Ages. Both the El Ralal and El Born areas are also of cultural significance. Antoni Gaudi is the most prominent of Barcelonan architects with the Sagrada Familia church being his greatest work. Construction began in 1882 but it is an ongoing project. Gaudi also designed Palau Guell, a mansion; Park Guell a 0.171km urban park with architectural structures it is the largest architectural work in Europe; Casa Mila and Casa Batllo all of which have his signature undulating organic structure. Lluis Montaner is another architect who left his mark on the city with the Palau de la Musica Catalana, Hostpital de Saint Pau and Casa Lleo Morera. The city abounds with interesting architecture both historic and contemporary like the avant-garde Hotel Arts.

Performing Arts in Barcelona

If you enjoy going to concerts or the theatre you can visit the Gran Teatre del Liceu for opera and ballet, L'Auditori, the Palau de la Musica Catalana for classical music and the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya. The city is host to several annual prestigious music and culture festivals. The city's resident Catalonia National Symphonic Orchestra is the largest in the region and they perform about 75 concerts a season.

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