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It all began with a certain Luis Marti Codolar donating his animal collection to the City Council in 1892. Today, Zoo Barcelona is one of the most visited spots in Parc de la Ciutadella. Over 7000 animals from over 500 different species call this beautiful sanctuary their home. Exotic mammals like anteaters, hippos, and mangabeys offset enchanting birds like the black vulture and red front macaw. Fascinating amphibians and reptiles round out the fauna housed at the zoo, and all around, majestic Grevíl-lea and Om trees represent beautiful flora. Beyond its incredible wildlife, the attraction's commitment to ecological conservation and preservation is a big selling point, as if guests weren't already lining up to experience the wonderful Zoo Barcelona.
In 1946, a group of music enthusiasts that began collecting musical artifacts in 1921 finally found a place to house and display them, beginning the Museu de la Música. You'll find more than 1000 musical instruments from different eras and corners of the world at this museum, including impressive collections of pianos, trumpets, accordions, and Spanish guitars, as well as a curious collection of unique prototypes. Tours of the Museu de la Música take visitors through the history and development of music from the Baroque period all the way to contemporary compositions. A special section has also been dedicated exclusively to Catalan music. Between its musical and historical values, this museum is a quality cultural attraction in Barcelona.
An unfinished religious icon that is steeped in profound cultural value and features an incomparable aesthetic, the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia is an astounding marvel. Gaudí began working on this utterly surreal temple, now a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 1882. Originally intended to be a modest, neo-Gothic church, the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia has since become arguably the most iconic building in all of Barcelona. Gaudí broke away from the reigning neo-Gothic style in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, imbuing his architecture with symbolic meaning and pioneering the Catalan Modernism movement. Intricate details like palm-tree pillars whose bases take the shapes of turtles, eye-catching colors, Baroque-style influences, and materials ranging from mosaic tiles to an array of stones converge to create an absolute masterpiece.
Instituto Jane Goodall en España is renowned primatologist Jane Goodall's institute in Barcelona for those who are interested and want to be educated about the human race's closest biological relative, the chimpanzee. Guided tours are available and it is an excellent educational outing for the kids to learn about the ecosystems and the importance of biodiversity.
Architect Ricard Boffil designed the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya , the largest theater in the region, it was completed in 1997. The aim was to create a permanent public theater with a resident company. Nowadays, you can come and see performances by prestigious foreign and national companies, productions by the resident company and collaborations between resident and visiting companies. In addition, you can attend regular play-reading sessions. The institution organizes competitions and awards grants to new and up-and-coming playwrights to assist their development. There are three auditoriums equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The film library is open to the public and there's a spacious restaurant too. It is attractively situated beside the L' Auditori.
Sala Razzmatazz is a mecca for live concerts in Barcelona. Established in 2000, this club is home to five unique spaces that host top artists on the national and international music scene. Their events calendar is busy throughout the year and attracts varied patrons ranging for local music fans to traveling aficionados. The likes of Coldplay, Kanye West, David Byrne, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand have taken centerstage here, representing an eclectic range of genres – from pop and rock, to indie and electronic.