A few days ago I shared some architecture from Barcelona’s favorite architect, Gaudí. Today will be a bit more random with a number of locations throughout the city. The first is Catedral de Barcelona, which we kind-of stumbled upon. Totally following the herd mentality and figuring it had to be important since there was a line out front, we went inside. Like a lot of architecture in the city, this church is very Gothic. The first shot below was from my phone..still works though 😉
Catedral de Barcelona
Once inside you see the beautiful vaulted ceilings.
Catedral de Barcelona
Catedral de Barcelona
You could explore the rooftop which gave nice views of the city, though I didn’t manage to capture anything all that great. So, onto the next location, a quick wander through the Mercado de La Boqueria in the Raval neighborhood. I liked all the angles and the bright blue sky against the warm wood tones and neutral metal.
Mercado de La Boqueria
Just next door is the Massana School, which is an Art & Design School in the Plaça de la Gardunya.
Massana School
Massana School
Massana School
Another stop that afternoon, also in the Raval district, was the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. Photographically, the exterior was most interesting. Love how the older architecture of the city reflects in its facade.
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
An unexpected stop, the Joan Miró Foundation, but after ending up buying a museum pass for the weekend, we just had to stop by. Glad we did, from an art perspective it was my favorite museum of the trip. I didn’t photograph a lot here but the art was fantastic and it’s in a beautiful location atop Montjuïc. And Joan Miró is another icon of Spanish art, we even have a Miró sculpture here in Chicago 🙂 Very similar to what you see below.
Joan Miró Foundation
Another unexpected find were these wirey sculptures in Olympic Park. Just a couple shares in this post, here and the lead image, but there are many more where this came from. This was such fun to photograph!

Just next to the sculptures is Torre de Comunicacions de Montjuïc, designed by another famed Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava. This was built for the 1992 Olympic Summer Games and is also in Olympic Park in the Montjuïc neighborhood.
Torre de Comunicacions de Montjuïc
And the base of the Tower. Kinda looks like the hills in the background.
Torre de Comunicacions de Montjuïc
Another unexpected stop (clearly did not plan enough for this trip, lol) and prompted by that museum pass, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. A wider iPhone shot for context before getting all abstract on you 😉 This place was incredible, both inside and out!
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Just inside the entrance, there’s a very modern area which made for some fun geometric shapes.
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Something a bit more expected from this location. This beautiful domed ceiling.
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
This next share is a stairway in the Cotton House Hotel. Something I’ve seen on Instagram countless times and had to see it for myself. Who doesn’t love a good spiral staircase!
Cotton House Hotel
One evening walking along Las Ramblas (kind of tourist hell if you ask me, but something to see) we came across the Mosaic de Joan Miró o del Pla de l’Os. Embarrassingly, I had walked by this and on it a number of times in my few days there and didn’t even notice it. Shameful, I know. But one evening someone had put flower petals in the exact colors of the mosaic. It was so pretty. Another iPhone shot and hard to get the full context of it, but you get the idea 😉
Mosaic de Joan Miró o del Pla de l'Os
Oh so much more Barcelona here…enjoy! Thanks for sharing in my journey 🙂

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