Barcelona Part II – Architecture and History

Since I love everything to do with history, I found Barcelona and the city’s architecture absolutely fascinating, and I can’t resist sharing some of the photos here on the blog.

First of all, there was the Old Town with its many narrow lanes and every now and then a piece of the old Roman wall popping up where you least expected it.  It was wonderful walking on the old paved streets, worn down by thousands of feet through the ages.  I couldn’t resist a visit to the Historical Museum too, where you can see a large area (4,000 sq.m.) of excavated Roman ruins, criss-crossed by walkways that showed everything in detail.  I’m always astonished at how the archaeologists can decipher old ruins and tell us exactly what each building was for, in this case a Roman laundry, dyeing workshop and a winemaking facility among other things!

Then there was the architecture of the buildings themselves.  The fantastic creations of Gaudi of course – the cathedral of La Sagrada Familia has to be seen to be believed! – but all over the town, on every street, there were some amazing houses.  I fell in love with quite a few, especially the Art Nouveau ones, and could quite happily live in an apartment there!  See here for yourselves and let me know what you think please.

I’m sure there was a lot that I missed, so I’m just going to have to go back another time!

I want to live in this lovely yellow house!

Gorgeous windows

A sunny courtyard to relax in

Old and new street signs

Love this gargoyle!

Lizards (?) crawling down Sagrada Familia


  1. Lovely pictures. I went to Barcelona a few years ago, such a fascinating city. I particularly enjoyed the Gaudi House.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sue x

    Comment by Sue Fortin — April 30, 2014 @ 10:37 pm

  2. Love the architecture! Nephew lived there for four years, and I want to return someday.

    Comment by Glynis Smy — April 30, 2014 @ 11:09 pm

  3. Enjoying seeing Barcelona through your eyes! Some of the pictures remind me of Sicily where we once lived – only cleaned up 🙂

    Comment by Angela Britnell — May 1, 2014 @ 1:38 am

  4. As I’ve never been to Barcelona its lovely to see your photos with the fabulous windows. The Sunny courtyard looks very inviting and I love the lizards.

    Comment by Tina Brown — May 1, 2014 @ 7:54 am

  5. I want to go back, too! I’d forgotten how beautiful it is. Brilliant photos x

    Comment by Gill Stewart — May 1, 2014 @ 9:07 am

  6. Thanks everyone – it really is a beautiful city! 🙂

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — May 1, 2014 @ 10:47 am

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