Cities

Barcelona, Spain From Monument a Colom

The Monument a Colom (Christopher Columbus Monument) stands at the foot of Las Ramblas, near the Barcelona Harbor. It was built in 1888 to honor the explorer and his discovery of America. The statue stands atop a sixty-meter-tall column (197…

Parc de la Ciutadella Fountain, Barcelona

The fountain in Parc de la Ciutadella is commonly known as the Cascada, which refers to the triumphal arch at the center of the waterfall and fountain. The original structure was designed by Josep Fontsère and his student, Antoni Gaudi.…

Fish by Frank Gehry, Port Olimpica, Spain

Fish is a landmark in Port Olimpica, Spain. In the Catalan language it’s known as Peix. This sculpture sits at the base of one of the tallest buildings in Spain, Hotel Arts. Renowned architect Frank O. Gehry was commissioned to…

Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam

Description: This “floating” market on the Singel began in the 1860’s when nurserymen would sail up the Amstel to sell flowers and plants directly from their boats. Today, the 15 stalls are permanently moored and sell a huge variety of…

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona

Description: The Arc de Triomf was built in 1888 as the main entrance to the Exposición Universal de Barcelona. This beautiful arch was designed by the Catalan architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas in what is known as the Mudéjar style,…

UNESCO: Works of Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudí (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926) was an architect from Reus, and the figurehead of Catalan Modernism. Gaudi is closely associated with the city of Barcelona, where most of his work is concentrated. Gaudí’s creative genius was…

Barcelona, Spain from Parc Güell

Antoni Gaudi was commissioned by his main patron, Don Eusebi Güell, to design a residential English-style garden city on the outskirts of Barcelona. Gaudi worked on the project from 1900-1914, but it proved an economic disaster, and his vision was…