Arc de Triomf Barcelona Spain – in 21 photos

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.

 

View of Arc de Triomf Barcelona as seen from Passeig de Lluis Companys

Arc de Triomf – Barcelona Spain

 

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.

 

Sunrise at the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona Spain

Unedited photo of Arc de Triomf Barcelona 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!

 

La Ribera district Barcelona - sunrise at Ar de Triomf

Barcelona Arc de Triomf sunrise – La Ribera district – edited by Bryant Hill Media

 

A few detail photos of the Arc de Triomf Barcelona

 

Bat sculpture on Arc de Triomf in Barcelona Spain

Arc de Triomf – Barcelona – detail of bat sculpture

 

Stone frieze and red brick - Arc de Triomf in Barcelona

Arc de Triomf detail of stone frieze

 

Detail of decoration on Arc de Triomf in Barcelona Spain

Detail of decoration on passageway within Arc de Triomf

 

Arc de Triomf Barcelona - frieze "Barcelona Welcomes the Nations" created as the entrance to 1888 Barcelona World Fair

Arc de Triomf in Barcelona archway leads to Passeig de Lluis Companys promenade

 

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.

 

Arc de Triomf Barcelona - view from promenade Passeig de Lluis Companys - Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Looking down the promenade Passeig de Lluis Companys to the Arc de Triomf

 

Walking along the Passeig de Lluis Companys promenade toward Arc de Triomf in Barcelona

Arc de Triomf as seen from Passeig de Lluis Companys promenade

 

Arc de Triomf at the end of the Passeig de Lluis Companys promenade

Arc de Triomf from a distance – looking down the Passeig de Lluis Companys promenade

 

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.

 

Arc de Triomf Barcelona under the mid-day sun

Arc de Triomf Barcelona at mid-day

 

Under the arch of the Arc de Triomf with a view of the Passeig de Lluis Companys leading to Parc Ciutadella

Looking through the Arc de Triomf to Passeig de Lluis Companys promenade

 

Arc de Triomf Barcelona - constructed as the entrance to the 1888 Barcelona World Fair

Magnificent doorway of the Arc de Triomf was the entrance to 1888 Barcelona World Fair

 

Detail of the archway of the red brick architecture Arc de Triomf in Barcelona Catalunya Spain

Closer detail of the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona

 

Arch of the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona Catalonia Spain

Looking up from under the arch of the Arc de Triomf

 

Warm sunny day in Barcelona - Arc de Triomf and blue skies

Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf on a warm spring day

 

Arc de Triomf in Barcelona - looking up to the sky from under the arch

Underneath the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona

 

View of Barcelona's Arc de Triomf as seen from Passeig de Lluis Companys

Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf

 

Architecture in Barcelona - Arc de Triomf archway built to provide the entrance to 1888 World Fair

Arc de Triomf under the blue sky of Barcelona

 

Red brick Arc de Triomf in Barcelona Spain

Arc de Triomf under blue skies in beautiful Barcelona

 

Promenade Passeig de Lluis Companys between the Arc de Triomf and Parc Ciutadella

Passeig de Lluis Companys – turn around, Arc de Triomf is behind you now

 

You don’t see the Arc de Triomf in the photo above? Turn around, it is behind you!

 

About the Author

Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter

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  1. Susan – I love your photos! I am a huge fan of photographing a small piece of the structure. It becomes a work of art all by itself! I love Barcelona, I am jealous you are going again!

    • Susan Moore says:

      Thank you much Suzanne! The architecture in Barcelona offers so much opportunity to zoom in on interesting design details. I am so very excited to be going back to Barcelona!!!

  2. You were certainly fascinated with the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, weren’t you? We did visit it as well, but I was far more intrigued with the architecture of Gaudi. So unique! By contrast, we stayed at the W Barcelona on the beach and loved its modern architecture. It’s such a great city!

  3. Barcelona is quite possibly my favorite city in the world and the wonderful architecture is a big reason why! I’ve been there 3 times and don’t feel as if I’ve even begun to scratch the surface of all that there it to see and do! I like your focus on one specific structure and its history – good idea!

  4. I nearly went mad getting this post to load on the slow internet we have here in Mallorca and I am SO excited that it finally did! Can’t wait to see this in person in a couple of weeks. Your photos are just wow!

  5. Donna Janke says:

    Great photos. I loved Barcelona when I visited. There is so much to see and photograph.

  6. That edited picture of the Barcelona Arc de Triomf is amazing! I’ve been to Barcelona several times but have no recollection of this site.

  7. Kristin says:

    I’ve spent lots of time in Barcelona but will return to this spot for another look. I appreciate your combination of detail shots and panoramic shots, and the before and after editing. Seeing this sort of thing makes me feel so lucky. So you will be at TBEX later this month?

    • Susan Moore says:

      Hi Kristin, thanks for your comment. I think the early morning visit made me appreciate this piece of architecture more so than if I just saw it later in the day, with all the activity of other people around. Yes off to TBEX next week! I will spend a couple of days in Barcelona, then a week in Costa Brava! Looking forward to meeting you and Tom there!

  8. Great photos, I hope to make it there some day and see it for myself.

  9. I don’t know how I missed this beautiful piece of architecture. You’ve given me a reason to return to Barcelona!
    Love your photos~

  10. Your posts about Barcelina have Me so excited! One week and counting! I am staying pretty close to the Arc de Triomf and now want to make sure I see it. Not sure how I will ever pack everything into 48hrs-sleep I guess will be for Lloret de Mar!?

    • Susan Moore says:

      I am excited for you Alison! I will be in Barcelona for a couple of days before heading to Lloret de Mar – maybe we’ll bump into each other at the Arc de Triomf! Just choose a few of your top picks and make sure you see them – Barcelona has so much to see and do that I could use a couple of months there myself. Enjoy your trip!

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