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Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares)

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Address: Placa de Sant lu 5-6, Barri Gotic, Barcelona, Spain
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An eclectic experience

This little gem of a museum can easily get lost in the plethora of other "major" places to visit in Barcelona, but it is worth some time - if only to view the Roman sculptures and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 16, 2016
Ellen D
Denver, CO
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Mares Museum, located next to the Cathedral and part of the Royal Palace complex, includes three distinct collections. The basement and first two floors feature mostly religious sculpture from the 5th century B.C.E. through the 19th century. The “Collector’s Cabinet” on the second (and a small part of the third) floor is densely packed with tens of thousands of... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

This wonderful museum has it all-religious statuary-a knight's tomb, Roman relics Frederic Mares' personal sculptures, fans, walking sticks, postcards, sewing machines etc. What a fabulous eclectic mix spread over 3 floors of this former Royal palace. It is easy to find-take the small alley/street at the left of the cathedral and it is right there alongside the cathedral, For a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

We didn't take an audio guide and there were no other english explanations.. Except of that its a big museum with tons of stuff and you can easily spend there like hour and a half

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Udine, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

In the shadow of the Cathedral, in a medieval building, there is an astonishing collection of statues, full pieces of churches, marble columns from ancient ages till 20th century.. and every possibile collection of objects.. more than a museum.. an experience to try!

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

Housed in a section of the former Royal palace this is the personal collection of a sculptor. Unsurprisingly most of the objects are statues. It starts off with some pre-Roman Iberian objects. There are a number of good quality Roman stone sculptures and smaller bronze objects. The bulk of the collection are Romanesque and Gothic sculptures with some architectural elements.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

...okay I've not done all of them but this rates very highly. Just as labyrinthine and fascinating as the streets of Barri Gotic outside. The contents of this cabinet if curiosites (which is what the top two floors comprise) are like the imaginings of Borges or Eco. Automata and model theatres, playing cards, reliquary boxes, ladies fans, 18th century collages... More 

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Denver, CO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

This little gem of a museum can easily get lost in the plethora of other "major" places to visit in Barcelona, but it is worth some time - if only to view the Roman sculptures and the small collection of paintings. Yes, the main theme is religious and it can seem a bit overwhelming, but the one euro cost of... More 

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Maynooth, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Although I didn't have a problem with the religious statuary in Milan, for some reason the statues in this museum terrified me a little bit. Maybe it was the closeness of the museums, maybe with was the number of Jesus(es) on a crucifix, maybe it was that the paint had chipped out of most of their eyes and they looked... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2016

Then my goodness this is the place for you. If not, best avoid! I have never seen so many crucifixes in one place...and I've toured the heck out of Rome. The ground floor is approx 17 rooms where every wall is lined with crucifixes and then there are seated statues of Christ and his family in varying sizes. Asmy friend... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

The most amazing collection of Catalan history from across the ages! From metalwork, to sculpture, to clothing...it was all Terrific!!

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Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighborhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.
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