Arc de Triomf
Arc de Triomf
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Neighborhood: Sant Pere
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  • Kay M
    Wakefield, United Kingdom97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great entrance to the city
    The Arc the Triomf is a stunning, Moorish red brick structure that leads you into the city towards the wonderful Parc de la Ciutadella (just 10 minutes from the Gothic Quarter). Designed by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas as the entrance gate for the World Fair in 1888. It's literally minutes from the Metro and there are some great eateries within a few minutes walk (Restaurant A Família, C/ de Sant Pere mes Baix is gerat for breakfast and tapas) .
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • thomasdefise93
    Arlon, Belgium759 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    On your way to the Ciutadella Park
    The Arc de Triomf in Barcelona was designed by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas and built as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. It showcases Neo-Mudéjar style with reddish brickwork. The arch's design, unlike traditional triumphal arches, lacks a military theme. Notably, the arch's two pillars feature stone carvings of bats, the emblem of King Jaume I. Additionally, above the four entrance gates, one can find the coats of arms representing the 49 provinces of Spain.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 9, 2024
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,054 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tall and an Entrance to the Park
    We were staying nearby, so we walked past this big arch many times. There is a Metro station here. The Arch is an entrance to a big park that contains a zoo and some botanical gardens. The Arch is very tall and you won't miss it.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2024
  • Family5GetAway
    St. John's, Canada316 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great backdrop for pictures!
    I like seeing historic structures such as the Arc de Triomf so we took a route to Ciutadella Park that let us walk down to see it at the same time. It is larger than I realized from photos and I found it impressive. There is protective netting on parts of it, but from a distance that is not very noticeable. It is a nice area for a stroll and a great location to take pictures. Even though it is a busy place with lots of people around, it is a large enough area that we did not feel crowded. If you are not someone who is interested in such things, I would not go out of my way to see it but if you are in the area it is definitely worth visiting.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2024
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Shahrzad sh
United Arab Emirates1,871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This brick arch is very beautiful. It has many details. Along this arch is a street that is covered with palm trees on both sides. Most of the time here you can see street shows. We went there shortly after midnight However, someone was playing the violin there. But in this place, take care of your wallet, mobile phone and belongings.
Written October 19, 2021
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James S
Toronto, Canada1,783 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
One may be mistaken to believe it when you find out that Paris isn’t the only place with Arc de Triumph. Barcelona has one as well. The Arc de Trimof was constructed in 1888 to serve as the main access gate for the 1888 worlds fair.

Now it sits at the entrance to Ciutadella Park the greenspace that occupies the site of that worlds fair. It is located at the northeast end of Passeig de Lluis Comanys which runs through the park and the southeast end of Passeig de Sant Joan a major Barcelona street. There is a Metro (subway) station nearby with the same name allowing easy access from anywhere in the city.

Unlike the one in Paris this arch does not celebrate military victories. Symbols adorning the arch include those showing agriculture, industry, commerce and the arts as well as the coats of arms of the 49 provinces of Spain. Higher up on the pillars one can see reliefs of bats the symbol of King James 1 of Aragon who reigned from 1213 until his death in 1276.

The two best options for pictures of the whole structure are either from Passeig de Lluis Comanys facing west, or Passeig de Sant Joan facing east. As this is a busy thoroughfare there is fortunately a traffic circle that one can stand in without the danger of being hit by a passing car. Alternatively, on can stand under the arch and shoot form that angle.
Written September 26, 2022
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Doron Michael
Gan Yavne, Israel38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The Arc de Triomf is impressive, but the real thing is the park attached to it.
If you go on a sunny Saturday you will find many of Barcelona's citizens having picnics. You can also find musicians and performers entertaining the crowd.
Recommended!
Written April 7, 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Barcelona's Triumphal Arch was built for the 1888 World Expo in red brick with strong Moorish influence.
It is in a quieter part of old town lined with palm trees on a path leading to beautiful Park de la Ciutadela. It's a quick photo op attraction and you'll probably find some street performers around.
Written September 12, 2022
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Ralf K
Wurzburg, Germany1,639 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Although I have already been to Barcelona several times, I had not yet noticed that this city also has a triumphal arc. This was the entrance to the 1888 world’s fair which took place in the Parc de la Cuitadella. The arc has an altitude of 30 meters. In contrast to other triumphal arches this one does not have a military character. Over the four entrance gates you will find the 49 coat of arms of the Provinces of Spain.
Written January 2, 2022
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MatthewASharp
Torquay, UK2,427 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
The Arc de Triomf (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈaɾk də tɾiˈomf]) is a triumphal arch in the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. It was built by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair

If u decide to use this as an entry point through the gardens it's a pleasant way to start your Barcelona journey

If getting public transport it has its own Metro station and only about 200 yds from the bus station too

On a side note of red sandstone architecture. This wouldn't be out of place in India, but this is purely my own observation based on personal travels
Written March 25, 2022
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Kay M
Wakefield, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The Arc the Triomf is a stunning, Moorish red brick structure that leads you into the city towards the wonderful Parc de la Ciutadella (just 10 minutes from the Gothic Quarter). Designed by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas as the entrance gate for the World Fair in 1888.

It's literally minutes from the Metro and there are some great eateries within a few minutes walk (Restaurant A Família, C/ de Sant Pere mes Baix is gerat for breakfast and tapas) .
Written September 17, 2023
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Bevker
Austin, TX63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Quick walk from our hotel. This was the first thing we did upon arriving in Barcelona. It was evening and everyone was out walking their dogs, kids playing, families and visitors all around. Right next to a park which I recommend strolling thru.
Written December 1, 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Spain could no longer boast of military victories in the XIX century, so this 30-meter triumphal arch was built by the architect José Vilaseca as the main entrance to the Barcelona world's fair in 1888. Holding it in the Catalan capital was a recognition of its success in industrial growth. Therefore, instead of cannons and banners on the arch, we see allegories of Industry, Agriculture and Trade (sculptor Antoni Vilanova), allegories of Sciences and Arts (Torquat Tasso). What 12 women mean (sculptors Manuel Fuxá and Pere Carbonell) I never found out. The architect designed the arch in the style of neo-mudéjar, but from a distance it is associated more with India. Something like the Gate of India. Attracted by the design, I saw that the arch continues a peaceful tradition. On this day, there was an exhibition of Catalan wines. I had to go back to the bus station. The disappointment was boundless...
Written November 29, 2020
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,944 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We happened to be here on February 15th when the Barcelona marathon was on and this was right by the end of the course. An impressive structure in a very open area, which at this particular time was very busy.

Another case of if you are nearby go and see it and read about its 130+ year history and its link to the worlds fair.
Written April 3, 2020
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