Barcelona — A Bullring to Venice to the National Palace


Today we’re back on the Red Line. In this case we’re going to look specifically at the area (see image below) that centers on the cluster of sights depicted along the far western edge of the Red Line route map. Here there is a lot to see, and all these sights come within moments of each other, so get your camera ready. The pictures today start at 2:17 p.m. and end a mere twelve minutes later, at 2:29.

We’ll begin with a piece of statuary from famed Catalan painter and sculptor Joan Miró. This is Woman and Bird on Carrer de Tarragona:

Woman and Bird by Joan Miró

Don’t put your camera down for even a moment, because coming up quickly is an old, repurposed bullring. This next image is Arenas de Barcelona on Plaça d’Espanya. This incredible structure, first opened in 1900, now serves as a shopping mall:

Arenas de Barcelona

And just beyond that you’re going to think you’ve been transported to Venice as you enter Plaça d’Espanya with its Venetian Towers:

Plaça d’Espanya
Plaça d’Espanya and Arenas de Barcelona (background)

Pass between the two Venetian Towers and continue south. Here you’ll stumble across the unimaginably impressive Palau Nacional. Palau Nacional has been home to the National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) since 1934, some five years after it served as main site for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.

National Palace

But we’re not done with the National Palace quite yet. Our City Sightseeing bus swings around this area, and soon you’ll get this view:

National Palace domes

Come back for more Barcelona favorites on this week’s Fun Photo Friday.

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