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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.
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.
See the best alternative movies from all over the world at Verdi. This renowned movie theater has 5 rooms that show movies in their original language,with subtitles. Verdi usually takes part in film festivals in Barcelona, and promotes local film by projecting Catalan short movies before some of the regular sessions.
Las Arenas de Barcelona is housed in what used to be one of the main bullfighting rings in Barcelona. Today, after extensive renovation, it has reopened as a large shopping center that has a little bit of everything. Everything from clothing stores to shoes, accessories, electronics and more combine with other features like movie theaters, restaurants, private and business event space, and even Barcelona's Museo de Rock are all found here. For modern, one stop shopping, any visitor could easily spend the better part of the day at Las Arenas de Barcelona.
Teatre Lliure belongs to the Union of European Theatres. It has its own resident theater company and a chamber orchestra, which plays jazz, classical chamber music and contemporary music. State-of-the-art technology allows the stage and the seating arrangements to be transformed from one performance to another. The program features theater, musical concerts and dance, specializing in experimental theater productions.