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Arc de Triomf

Arc de Triomf

Arc de Triomf

Arc de Triomf (Passeig Lluis Companys, Barcelona) – this structure was originally built as the gateway to the Universal Exhibition in 1888 (held at the Parc de la Ciutadella). The Arc’s architect Josep Vilaseca designed a monument of classical style and proportions as an allegory of Barcelona’s respect for the nations and provinces taking part in the exhibition. As a counterpoint, Vilaseca chose to build the arch from brick and decorate it with sculptural motifs evocative of the neo-Mudejar style that was very much in vogue in Spain at the time. The combination of red brick with the series of friezes around the arch, make it a singularly beautiful landmark.