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Barcelona

Immediately after school ended, I took off for the Spanish border and rode the train into Barcelona. I stayed there at el Instituto Bíblico y Seminario Teológico de España (a.k.a. IBSTE), by the good graces of my missionary friends, Dave and Penny Gallaugher.

Barcelona is an amazing city, especially in terms of architecture. You start with the remains of a temple dedicated to Caesar Augustus, go down into the Gothic quarter, through the broad boulevards of the Second Empire, and all the way up into some fascinating modern structures. Two World's Fairs have left it with an amazing amount of beautiful buildings and statuary, and many of the incomparable Antoni Gaudí's works— including his magnum opus, the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia— also reside therein.


Buildings on the Street

Okay, I should look up the names of these buildings, but all I can say about them is that they're incredibly cool and they're mostly really close to Gaudí's Casa Batlló, in an area known as the Plaza de Discordancia because of all the wild architecture. Unfortunately Casa Batlló was under serious reconstruction while I was there, but its neighbors are just as impressive.

Further down La Rambla

Cristobal Colón

This monument was erected for the 1892(?) Barcelona World's Fair, to commemorate the voyage of Cristobal Colón, known to us anglohablantes as "Christopher Columbus."

Cuarto Gótico

Casa Milá (a.k.a. La Pedrera)

Arc de Triomf & World's Fair Park

La Sagrada Familia

Parc Güell

La Plaça Espanya

Otras Cosas


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