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Over 150 buildings in Barcelona open to the public this weekend! – 48h Open House

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand on top of the famous Arc de Triomf or visit the chambers of Barcelona Town Hall? Now you have the chance to do it during the 48h Open House event!

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona, Spain

Between 19th and 20th October over 150 buildings in Barcelona will open its doors to the public! Barcelona is one of the main European cities in terms of the architectural beauty and now you have a unique opportunity to visit its buildings for free! This event is not aimed solely at architecture buffs, but at everyone who would like to “explore and understand the value of a space, designed and well built”.

Casa de la Ciudad, Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, Barcelona Town Hall, Spain

Open House event began in London in 1992, and since then it has been introduced around the world’s major cities like New York, Tel Aviv, Melbourne and now also Barcelona.

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Santuari de Sant Josep de la Muntanya

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Looking into the future

Celebrating a new millennium

A bit random, I know, but reaching 1,000 views is a kind of significant milestone since I started this site 3 months ago and I would like to thank all those who have helped me achieve it and for the kind comments I have received over the period.mydiagonal1000

And it’s a good opportunity to give a wee update: –  over the next weeks and months, I will be adding new posts on places to see, eat or shop around the Eixample and Gràcia, and on events going on Barcelona-wide, as well as re-blogging other items that I think will interest visitors. There will soon be a section on restaurants and hotels, getting around and plenty more that can be found by clicking on the different categories on the right.

All comments, suggestions and critiques are welcome and I look forward to interacting with explorers of Barcelona over the coming months to make MyDiagonal a comprehensive resource for those looking to experience the city off the beaten track.

So, Fins aviat! (See you soon) and watch this space.

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To go: Grácia in Barcelona

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Façades and fantasy

Look what’s looking down at you

There’s so much to see around you as you walk the streets of the Eixample. Both at ground level and up above, here are a few of the delights you can admire along the way – a mix of classical and modernista styles, some inspired by the indianos who came back from making their fortunes in the Americas and helped to build modern Barcelona.


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Doorways and demons

Art and artifice on every street

Design and skilled craftsmanhip in wood, stone and ironwork are all around you when you walk through the streets of the Eixample. Here is a selection of doors and entrances you can find along the way.




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The many faces of the Eixample

Balconies and balustrades – part 1

A city’s soul – and that of its quarters – is made up of the people who live and work there, the places they meet, eat and have fun, of the visitors and those passing through, but also of the legacy left in its architecture. The streets of the Eixample have their own character, reflected in these images that bear the mark of the designers and architects of the second half of the 1800s, who created this new quarter combining classical and modernista aesthetics to create its distinctive style.

Here’s a wee tour of some of the sights you’ll find as you explore the streets of the quarter.

Balconies, galerías and oriel windows





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