Facade of the Museu Diocesà/Gaudí Exhibition Center

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Gaudí Exhibition Center/Museu Diocesà

La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Next to La Catedral, the Diocesan Museum hosts insightful exhibits on Gaudí including fascinating documentaries on his life and philosophy and the inspiration behind his whimsical creations. The building itself contains fragments of Barcelona's Roman wall, as well as elements from its days as an 11th-century almshouse and its later use as an ecclesiastical residence in the 15th century. Upstairs is a 1:25 model of what the completed Colònia Güell church would have looked like.

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1. La Catedral

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Barcelona’s central place of worship presents a magnificent image. The richly decorated main facade, dotted with gargoyles and the kinds of stone…

2. Museu Frederic Marès

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The wealthy Catalan sculptor, traveller and obsessive collector Frederic Marès i Deulovol (1893–1991) amassed one of the wildest collections of historical…

3. Casa de l’Ardiaca

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4. Palau Episcopal

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5. Palau del Lloctinent

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6. Col·legi d'Arquitectes

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7. Capella Reial de Santa Àgata

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8. Plaça del Rei

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