General information Barcelona
The Teatre Grec of Barcelona doesn't date back to the period that gives it its name (ancient Greece), but it is one of the most pleasant spots to visit in this part of the city. The theatre reflects the typical structure of ancient Greek theatres but was built by the architect Ramon Raventós for the 1929 fair.
The Arc theTriomf is located about 300 metres from the Parc de la Ciutadella. It was designed in the Mudejar style, as the entry gate for the 1888 Expo, by Josep Vilaseca. The coats-of-arms, which represents all the Spanish provinces, were placed around it, with Barcelona's in the middle—the place of honour.
Barcelona built a number of structures at the Montjuïc Hill for the Olympics of 1992. One of the most eye-catching is the white slender communications tower that was erected between 1989 and 1991 at the Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring) - the complex where most of the facilities were built - to transmit television coverage of the Olympic Games. The elegant tower soon became a symbol of the Olympics and the city of Barcelona.
The Columbus Monument a 60 m tall monument for Christopher Columbus at the end of La Rambla, close to Port Vell. It was constructed for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona and is located at the port where Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to the Americas.
An Christopher Columbus's arm is extended and the index finger points to the sea, not to America, which is in the opposite direction. This position has always created controversy, and there are three currents of opinion to explain it.
Santa Maria del Pi is on the Placa Sant Josep Oriol, a pretty square that is filled with an artists' market on the weekend and the outdoor tables of the Bar del Pi the rest of the time.
The church has a Romanesque door but is otherwise Catalan Gothic in style. It has a single wide nave with chapels beneath the buttresses and a giant rose window at the entrance. The interior is plain but features some beautiful stained glass windows.
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