Timings : Open all day
Time Required : 15-20 minutes
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
Also known as the Arco de Triunfo, this Spanish triumphal arch was designed as the main gate of access for the Barcelona World Fair in 1888. Now it leads to Ciutadella Park, which has replaced the erstwhile World Fair Grounds. Facing Passeig de Sant Joan, the Arc de Triomf is often compared to its sister arches in Paris, London and Bucharest.
Many art aficionados have studies the Arc de Triomf for its hidden structural symbolism. A gateway to 19th century Barcelona, it depicts the Catalan city welcoming the nations of the world. Atop the arch shields of 49 Spanish provinces are perched, heralding the coat of arms of the city of Barcelona.
Situated at the intersection of Barcelona’s two boulevards – Passeig de Lluís Companys and Passeig de Sant Joan, your visit to the Arc de Triomf can be combined with a walk through the Ciutadella Park and Barcelona zoo. Right across the arch, you can see an impressive statue, honouring a former mayor of Barcelona Francesc de Paula Rius i Taulet.
Metro: "Arc de Triomf" line L1.
Railway: R1, R3, R4, R7, R12, RG1.
Bus: No. 54 (Estació Nord)
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