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.
An impressive sight and the crowning glory of the football community in Spain, Camp Nou is one of the largest stadiums in Europe. Home ground of the beloved FC Barcelona, known simply as Barça to locals, this spectacular stadium was constructed in 1957 on a separate piece of land when the expansion of the Camp de Les Corts stadium was deemed impossible due to lack of space. The stadium is sometimes referred to as the 'house that Kubala built', in reference to the great Slovak-Hungarian goal scorer who played for Barça through the 1950s. Kubala was so popular with spectators that the stadium was even unable to accommodate the extraordinary masses that flocked to watch him play on more than one occasion. Camp Nou can accommodate more than a whopping 99,000 spectators at a time, and is profoundly iconic for its vibrant bleachers, painted in the club's royal blue and red colors.
Featuring an air of striking regality that can be attributed to its historic dull rose facade, the Gran Teatre del Liceu is a longstanding symbol of Barcelona's prized culture. Perhaps the most important theater in Barcelona, the Gran Teatre del Liceu was built in 1847 as a venue for opera performances. The original building showcased a modern aesthetic designed by architects Miquel Garriga i Roca and Josep Oriol Mestres, and while the theater was rebuilt after a fire in 1994, a handful of cherished artifacts from the first structure remain. The main façade, the Hall of Mirrors, and staircase notably represent the historic Gran Teatre del Liceu as it was originally conceived. As important as ever, the new theater stays true to its roots by staging an exciting program of operas, concerts, and ballets performed by some of the most reputable companies in the world. It even houses a symphony orchestra and choir that perform throughout the year. With 2,292 seats, the Gran Teatre del Liceu is certainly grand, and it has one of the largest opera auditoriums in Europe.
Teatre Grec with the semi-circular structure reminds you of typical Greek theaters. Large number of people can be accommodated and the perfect acoustics ensure that the sound quality is excellent. Built in 1929, it was planned and structured by architect Ramon Reventós. Mostly connoisseurs of performing arts gather here to enjoy various festivals. Festival Grec de Barcelona that celebrates the rich Spanish culture is held at this theater.
Barcelona with the students and the tourists has scores of nightclubs, pubs and bars that rock the night life. Harlem Jazz Club is one such place that attracts one and all. The locals frequent this place to enjoy the melange of music. Be it professional or an amateur, the crowd enthusiastically cheers the artists. Jazz, funk and blues groups, the variety of the genres of music played here is amazing. Though a very modest club, the extra-ordinary performances rock the house.
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.
A beautiful concert space, with state-of-the-art acoustics, Music Hall is located in close proximity Plaça Catalunya. The hall occupies a former 19th-century theater, which has been extensively renovated to bring it up to date. While the event program is dominated by classical and contemporary concerts, the space is also occasionally host to theatre performances. The theater's richly embellished interiors are a reminder of its past glory, and are a sight to behold.
Teatre Tívoli is a classical theater in Barcelona, founded in 1875. It has been refurbished over the years but still retains its original structure and charm. The theater has a beautiful, stately entrance and the largest auditorium in Barcelona. With 1643 seats, it retains all the glamor and charm of the past. All kinds of theatrical companies have performed on this stage, including the most avant-garde among them. The theater also puts on the latest musicals produced in Catalonia. It is located right in the center of Barcelona, giving you the opportunity to enjoy contemporary theater, musicals, and operas in an unbeatable location.
This was the first, among commercial theaters, but not alternative theaters, to open two auditoria with simultaneous performances. Its normal program includes comedies, performed by well-known comedians who have been coming for several years, or companies offering different kinds of shows such as recitals, cabaret, etc., with entertainment of a satirical kind always guaranteed. The theater is cozy and comfortable and right in the city center in one of its amazing emblematic avenues, the Ramblas.
Teatre Borràs is one of the many older theaters in Barcelona, which have been refurbished and revived. The comfortable theater, with 718 seats, holds all kinds of shows, including some rather risqué ones. There are one-man shows in Castilian and productions from theater companies from outside Cataluña. Some great box office hits have been performed at the theater, year after year. The Borras is located in Urquinaona, one of the most central squares in the city.
This is one of the largest cinemas in Barcelona, and it is housed in an old 19th-century theater. The hall, therefore, retains much of its historic charm and glory. The spectator is the king here, as he gets a truly wide-screen experience, with a choice to sit in the stalls or the circle. It is also a great place for children as there are regular screenings for them. The latest blockbusters, however, pull maximum audiences.
This grand edifice houses perhaps the largest cultural resource in Catalonia, with the richest selection of programs for the public. The center sponsors political debates of local and national politicians, book readings, film screenings, art shows, concerts, and more. L'Ateneu is located inside El Palau Savassona, the old residence of Josep Francesc Ferrer de Llupià Brossa, a former Baron of Savassona. Even if you're not planning to attend one of the cultural events, it's worth it to visit the building, as it's an equally dignified neoclassical contrast to the famous Gaudi-inspired architecture that dominates much of modern Barcelona.