Arc de Triomphe of Barcelona
Arc de Triomf

On the occasion of the Universal Exposition of Barcelona in 1888, this monument arose between Passeig Sant Joan and Passeig de Lluís Companys avenues, with the intention to be the main entrance to Firal enclosure.

Arc de Triomphe of Barcelona

Of Neomudejar style, was designed by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas, one of the representatives of Catalan pre-modernism and author of several buildings in Barcelona located in important streets like Rambla Catalunya.

One of the characteristics of the Barcelona Arc de Triomphe (Arc de Triomf, in Catalan) that differentiates it from the vast majority of triumphal arches that exist in other cities around the world, is its civilian character, as it represents progress, science or economics while it is common to find triumphal arches whose character is rather military.

The texts or motifs that are carved or represented at the Arc de Triomf, refer to industry, agriculture, commerce, science and the arts, or the reception of the various nations to the city.

Arc de Triomphe of Barcelona

Near the Arc de Triomphe

It is located at the northern exit of the Ciutadella Park (Parc de la Ciutadella), which gives a very wide promenade (Passeig Lluís Companys). Going through the Arc de Triomphe can be interesting if you go with children from the park or the Zoo to Catalonia Square (Plaça de Catalunya).

Anyway on the west side of the Passeig de Lluís Companys you will find the Born neighborhood of Barcelona, worth visiting, where you can find the archaeological medieval site on the old market Mercat del Born, the gothic church of Santa Maria del Mar and a few museums like Picasso Museum and the Museum of the Mammoth. If you cross the Born perpendicularly you will arrive via Laietana street, and beyond to La Rambla, commonly called Les Rambles.

Detail of the Arc de Triomphe of Barcelona

How to get to the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe in Barcelona is located in the lower of Passeig Sant Joan. For those who intend to visit the Ciutadella Park, will just have to go out the door to the Tibidabo side (north). This entry to the park is adjacent to the Passeig de Lluís Companys. The Arc de Triomphe is on this avenue.

Coming from Catalonia Square, you have only to walk to Urquinaona Square direction and continue straight across. It is a walk of about 10 minutes long, leading directly to the Arc de Triomphe.

Arc de Triomphe of Barcelona

If you are one of those who prefer to go by public transport, you will find close a Renfe/ADIF station called Arc del Triomf and the subway (Metro) line 1, which bears the same name. Even if it stay a little more distance, you can also find the subway station from line 2 called Tetuan, which leaves you in Tetuan Square (Plaça Tetuan). You only will have to walk down Passeig Sant Joan up to the Arc de Triomphe.

Arc de Trionf Photosphere

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