Barcelona Photoblog: Arc de Triomf: A Landmark of Barcelona


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Arc de Triomf: A Landmark of Barcelona

Arc de Triomf: A Landmark of Barcelona [enlarge]

Barcelona's Arc de Triomf monument was built on the Ciutadella park during one of the most important events in the history of our city: the first Universal Exhibition of 1888. This triumphant arch which the Romans used to build to receive and honor victorious armies after their numerous invasions, was designed by architect Josep Vilaseca to act as the entrance to the Sant Joan Hall on the exhibition area. It is inevitable to think of other famous arches like the one in Paris. This one is not a world reference but it is one of our symbolic buildings and is tightly linked to our history. At the top of the beautiful brick monument we find several friezes, the one on the main façade, overlooking Paseo San Juan, containing the "Barcelona welcomes the nations" sculpture by Joseph Reynés, another on the rear façade with a sculpture called "Reward" by Joseph Lemon representing the delivery of awards to participants in the exhibition and finally the friezes on the sides with allegories of Agriculture, Industry and Trades. Previous posts: Triumph Arch or Arc de Triomphe and Arc de Triomph Detail.


  1. Great picture and like the history lesson behind it-puts it in context.

  2. This Arc de Triomf is great! And I love your capture of it on the blue sky background!

  3. Magnificent image.

  4. Magnificent details and fascinating description!

    Thank you for providing information and explanations — I appreciate what I'm seeing more that way.

  5. A truly magnificent shot, just perfect really. O, Carlos, the more I see your photos and learn about Barcelona I feel that my life will be missing something beyond wonderful if I am never able to visit! :)

  6. Hello i'm a new daily photo user and your country is for me a dream!! thanks, i have seen all your pictures!

  7. Anonymous4:38 PM

    wonderful composition Carlos. We have been thinking of a trip to Barcelona. I want sunshine:)

  8. Anonymous6:19 PM

    Great picture, Barcelona's Arc de Triomfe deserves to be more well-known, it's an incredible piece of work!

  9. Carlos, what a stunningly sharp shot of this. Your composition lets me feel the grandeur of its size, too. Blue, blue sky, too, which we are craving to see as winter winds down in the grayer parts of the globe :-). Kudos!
    Seattle Daily Photo

  10. Perfect shot, what a wonderful photo.


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