Arc de Triomf was built in 1888, when Barcelona was hosting the universal exhibition Barcelona World Fair. It was built as the main access gateway for the Fair.
Tourists from all around the different parts of Earth visit Arc de Triomf each year because of its splendid design and its good position, thanks to which it is near many other tourist attractions.
1. ARCHITECTURE OF ARC DE TRIOMF
This 30 meters high arch, in the design of Neo-Mudejar, was constructed of rock and stone, in terms of technicalities. The designs and friezes of the Arch represent various items. Next, at the front of the bridge facing the Passeig de Sant Joan, there has the deep contrast of “Barcelona welcoming the nations” and in the other side, we one can see the frieze that marks the granting of prizes and certificates to the winners.
The leaders of research and the arts (right) and farming and manufacturing (left) are on the hands. Finally looking at the perimeter of the arch, you may see a sequence of 49 shields which depict the various Spanish provinces. The use of the bricks as the key type of material characterizes the unique design form in which the arch is constructed.
The arch has Muslim design as a direct influence. The style is famous as “Mudéjar” which was established in the Iberian Peninsula throughout the 12th century.
This specific style was developed by Moors and Muslims who lived in the region after Christianity retaken and colonized the entire peninsula. The Muslim effect on design becomes very evident as you start paying attention to the bridge.
2. HOW TO ARRIVE TO ARC DE TRIOMF
The Arc de Triomf is located in a very centric position and it’s easy to reach.
It is at the end of Passeig de Sant Joan and it’s really close to the “Arc de Triomf” metro station (red line L1).
You can also reach it by bus (the area is served by the lines 19, 39, 40, 41, 42, 51, 55) and by train (RENFE – Arc de Triomf train stop).
3. WHAT’S NEAR
Parc de la Ciutadella
Ciutadella Park (originally called Parc de la Ciutadella) is situated just a few meters from the arch.
It is an interesting park that was built in the 19th Century, ideal to relax and spend some quality time with your family or friends.
Inside the park, there is a small lake where you can row a boat and, if you like to see animals from all over the world, you can also find the Barcelona Zoo.
Barceloneta is without any doubt one of the most popular neighborhoods in Barcelona.
It is especially known for the presence of beautiful beaches, good restaurants, sport activities and nightclubs.