Barcelona, Spain

by Liz

I want to tell you of the most wonderful sight of all sights. In the Port of Barcelona is the statue of Christopher Columbus pointing to America. The statue was dedicated after his return from America after its discovery in 1492.

The Church of the Holy Family (Sagrada Familia) is made of ironworks by Antoni Gaudi, a Catalan architect. The church design includes symbols of his beliefs. The project has three monumental facades dedicated to the Birth, the Passion, and the Glory of Christ. Each has four very high towers – 107 meters, together symbolizing the Twelve Apostles. The center spire symbolizes the Savior and has four towers representing the four Evangelists. Another fine spire represents the Virgin Mary.

Plaza Real (Plaҫa Reial) is a part of Barcelona built in 1826 with lamps hanging from walls and many old shops which remind us of the mid-nineteenth century.

Barcelona’s most famous musical institution is Gran Teatre del Liceu, Spain’s first opera house, and the largest in Europe. It holds 3000 people. Its interior decoration and fine acoustics are considered the best in Europe.

Plaҫa de Cataluña is the most popular and most crowded square in the city. It is the heart of the business center of Barcelona. The square has two lovely fountains, gardens, and different sculptures, among them, The Goddess (La Diosa) by Josep Clarà. An underground entrance leads to more shops built in 1924. It has two railway lines and three routes of the metro, the city’s underground railway system. The square is a pleasant pedestrian area with many seats where you can sit and feed pigeons from your hands.

The Plaҫa de Cataluña is the starting point for walking down Barcelona’s most famous street, La Rambla. The street goes from Plaҫa de Cataluña to the Port of Barcelona. It has a special atmosphere and colorful appearance. La Rambla used to be the course of the river that brought water from the mountains to the sea. At the end of La Rambla stands the monument in memory of Christopher Columbus.

April 16, 2011

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