The Palau Nacional

Though it looks old and stately, the Palau Nacional was actually designed for a 1929 exposition. It's part of a reaction against GaudÝ and his friends, and its design is not very original. The Palau Nacional houses an art museum and an ethnography museum, which delves among other things, into Roman Barcelona. In front is the Mies van der Rohe pavillion, which is probably one of the most famous buildings of the 20th century. It was the Bauhaus contribution to the 1929 exposition, and one look changed everyone's thinking. Internal and external space are tied together almost without a difference – it's simple, yet strikingly intelligent.

Another type of taste is the ridiculous Poble Espanyol – a sort of Disneyland version of Spain, built as a tourist attraction for the Olympics. It's replete with dolls, keychains and commemorative plates. The Fundaciˇ Joan Mirˇ is just down the road, so keep walking till you're safe inside.

Finally, the Palau is up on a hill, and the views are spectacular.

Click for a larger version The Palau nacional


Click for a larger version Font mÓgica

In front of the Palau Nacional. There are classical statues and urns, and rather un-classical light shows. (No doubt that's the magic.)

Click for a larger version The statues surveying  Barcelona
Click for a larger version The camera surveying Barcelona

The tiny little smudge in the center is the Sagrada Familia

Click for a larger version More of Barcelona from the Palau Nacional

This is not a hick town.

Click for a larger version Mies van der Rubble

One of the most famous and serenely simple  buildings of the 20th century. While I was there, unfortunately, everything was being dug up.