The Arc de Triomphe in Barcelona is a triumphal arch built of mudejar-style colored brick - an architectural style specific to the Moors left in the Christian territories after "Reconquista". The arch, designed by Catalan architect Josep Vilaseca, is decorated with a large number of statues and bas-reliefs.
The special Arc de Triomphe in Barcelona was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1888, which took place in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The Arc de Triomphe, located at the end of an extensive promenade, served as the main entrance to the exhibition.
Barcelona Arc de Triomphe
Josep Vilaseca's project differs from other similar works - especially from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris - through mudejar-colored brick, a style that has its origin in Moorish architecture. The bow is decorated with stone sculptures and the frontispiece, Josep Reynes' work shows the city of Barcelona welcoming its visitors. The other side of the bow depicting an awards ceremony is designed by Josep Llimona.
The bow is also decorated with a bas-relief that presents a coat of arms on which all the emblems of the Spanish provinces under a crown are present. Also on the bow are present 12 statues of women symbolizing celebrity.
At the Arc de Triomphe on Passeig Lluis Companys, it can be easily accessible by metro to Arc de Triomphe station. It is a short walk from Ciutadella Park.
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