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The second most populous city in Spain and the capital city of Catalonia, Barcelona is one of the world-famous tourist attractions with its unique culture, language and traditions. There are various places to visit in Barcelona with over 8 million visitors attracted by Barcelona every year.
1.Sagrada Familia Basilica
The largest unfinished Catholic church in the world, La Sagrada Familia is the most visiting site in Barcelona. This Basilica is devoted to the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The construction of this magnificent structure was started in 1882 based on plans drawn up by the famous architect Francisco de Paula del Villar. Antoni Gaudi continued the project in 1883 after Villar got retired. The basilica is built from the money collected from tickets purchased by tourists and donations. As Gaudi said: "The Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia is made by the people and is mirrored in them." In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI designated the site as a basilica. The Sagrada Familia Basilica is now 75% complete and expected to be completed in 1926.
The Park Guell was inaugurated as a public park in 1926, is one of the most impressive parks in the world composed of gardens and architectonic elements. Located on the Carmel hill in Barcelona, Park Guell is among one of the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudi. He plan the project in 1900. In 1984, Park Guell was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This work of architect Antoni Gaudi preserves peaceful greens, winding paths and many sculptures designed by himself by Gaudi.
3.Casa Mila Building
Casa Mila also is known as La Pedrera or "The stone quarry" is one of the modern buildings in Barcelona, Spain. It is also the artwork of famous architect Antoni Gaudi and was the last work designed by him. It was built between 1906 and 1912. In 1984 it was declared as one of the World Heritage sites by UNESCO. From 2013 Casa Mila is the headquarters of the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera Fundació which manages the visit to the exhibitions of building and other cultural and educational activities at Casa Mila.
4.Casa Batllo Building
Located in the centre of Barcelona, Casa Batllo is another masterpiece of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Casa Batllo was previously a house and it is redesigned by Gaudi in 1904. It has been renovated and reconstructed several times after that. The renovation of the project was also contributed by Gaudi’s assistants Josep Canaleta and Joan Rubio. The Casa Batllo is popularly known as Casa dels ossos (House of Bones) among locals. The ground floor has flowing sculpted stonework and irregular oval windows. Facades are decorated with a colourful mosaic which is made up of broken ceramic tiles. It can be said that there is a rounded feature to the left of centre and terminator at the top in a turret and cross which represents the patron saint of Catalonia.
5.The Font Magica Fountain
The Font Magica Fountain is also known as Magic Fountain is a must-see tourist attraction in Barcelona. It is located near the Montjuic in Barcelona. It was designed by Catalan architect and engineer Carles Buigas in 1929. Almost 3000 workers contributed to the construction of this iconic building. On May 19, 1929, first show took place here. Between 1936 to 1939 during the Spanish Civil, was badly damaged and didn’t operate till 1955. In 1980s music and light show was incorporated in the fountain. Every weekend performance like film, classical and modern music and pop songs take places at the Magica Fountain.
It is one of the most famous museums in Barcelona having an extensive collection of artwork by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso's. This museum was made by the efforts of almost 4,000 workers. Located on Montcada Street in the Bank District of Barcelona, this museum was first opened for public on 9th March 1963. It was declared as a museum of national interest by the government of Catalonia and was the single museum that was created during the life of Pablo Picasso. The museum includes two of his major works The First communion in 1896 and Science and Charity in 1897. Picasso was born in Balaga in Spain and his family moved to Barcelona in the year 1895. From childhood, he studied art as his father was an art teacher. In his artworks at Picasso Museum, Pablo Picasso shows his relationship with Barcelona during his youth, adolescence and continued to his death.
7.Camp Nou Stadium and Fc Braca Museum
The home stadium of FC Barcelona, Camp Nou stadium was built in the year 1957. Is the largest stadium in Europe and the third-largest football stadium in the world. The seating capacity of this stadium is 99,354. There is also a museum associated with the stadium called Barcelona stadium or FC Braca. Tourist can visit Camp Nou stadium and Braca museum in a package which includes entrance to the museum and tour to the stadium. These are among the most attractive tourist places in Barcelona. The museum preserves the collection of documents, trophies, and photos of Barcelona football history. There are glass walls having information about the history of the club.
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Liz Westwood from UK on September 18, 2019:
Barcelona is one of my favourite destinations. The Magic Fountains offer a great experience. I visited the Sagrada Familia many years ago, when it was a building site inside. I was amazed with the improvements last time I visited. The inside is now amazing. Around every corner it seems in Barcelona that there's another tourist attraction.