Barcelona is the heart and motor of the autonomous region of Catalonia in the northeast corner of Spain. Catalonia is Spain’s leading economic region with almost 20% of national production for a region that is only 6,3% of Spain’s extension and has just over 15% of the population. There are more than 7 million inhabitants in Catalonia and of these close to 70% live in Barcelona and the immediate surroundings... More +
Barcelona is home to no less than nine sites declared by UNESCO to be World Heritage Sites. Of these, seven are by Antoni Gaudí, and the remaining two are by another Modernist architect, Domènech i Montaner. Following is the list of sites:
By Antoni Gaudí:
By Domènech i Montaner:
The variety, quality and quantity of these institutions is guaranteed to keep you occupied for a considerable portion of your time in the city.
There was a flurry of activity before and after the 1992 Olympic games that resulted in the renovation of some of the city’s world class museums such as the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, host to one of the world’s best collections of Romanesque art, and the construction of new museums such as the MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) with its spectacular white building by architect Richard Meier in the heart of the old city where the contrast couldn’t be greater.