I will be traveling to Barcelona alone later this month and I am daydreaming of the places I will revisit and new places I hope to see. The Arc de Triomf will be a short walk from my Airbnb rental (click for you free $20 travel credit) so I will certainly pay another visit to this wonderful piece of Catalan architecture.
I discovered the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona on an early morning walk – jet lag has it’s benefits at times. I awoke to the sound of Barcelona Cathedral’s bell. I kept the window of my courtyard facing room open all night for the benefit of letting in the cool breeze. The downside was the sound of the blessed bell. I became somewhat accustomed to the sound after my 9 days in Barcelona.
The beautiful thing about staying in one of the historic areas of Barcelona is that one can walk in any direction and be guaranteed to see something marvelous. One night it was Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo, on my first morning in the city it was Barcelona Cathedral, and on the morning I was awakened by the tolling of the bell I walked to the Arc de Triomf just as the sun was rising.
My unedited photo of the Arc de Triomf at sunrise.
My photographer friend Bryant grabbed a copy of the photo from my facebook post and edited to lighten it up in order to see the detail, as well as providing perspective correction.
The edited photo by Bryant Hill Media. Wow!
A few detail photos of the Arc de Triomf Barcelona
Arc de Triomf from afar. The promenade between Parc Ciutadella and the Arc de Triomf is Passeig de Lluis Companys, named after the former President of Catalonia, executed in 1940, while Spain was under the leadership of dictator Francisco Franco.
The Arc de Triomf was created as the entrance to the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. What a magnificent passageway! Catalan architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas designed the Arc de Triomf. It is of the modernisme style which was developing in the region during the late 19th century, Antoni Gaudi being the most famous of the architects of the Catalan modernism style.
You don’t see the Arc de Triomf in the photo above? Turn around, it is behind you!