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Arc de Triomf in Barcelona

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When you visit Barcelona, be sure to make time for a leisurely stroll to the breathtaking Arc de Triomf. This iconic landmark, designed by the architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas, is a true testament to the city's rich historical and artistic heritage. As you approach the Arc, you'll be captivated by its intricate design and imposing presence.

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona, Spain
Arc de Triomf in Barcelona

Constructed for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair, the Arc de Triomf served as the main entrance to the event. As you examine the monument up close, you'll notice the wonderful brickwork, adorned with sculptural reliefs and ornamental details that reflect both the Neo-Mudejar and modernist styles.

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona, Spain
Close up on the sculptures on the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona


Beyond its architectural splendour, the Arc de Triomf is also surrounded by a lively and bustling atmosphere. Located at the end of the vibrant Passeig de Lluís Companys promenade, you'll find yourself immersed in a lively area that, on occassion, has street performers, cyclists, and locals enjoying a leisurely walk.

Nearby the Arc you'll discover the picturesque Parc de la Ciutadella and the charming El Born neighbourhood, both brimming with exciting attractions to enhance your Barcelona experience. The Arc de Triomf is your gateway to discovering the city's unique blend of history, culture, and contemporary life.

The Arc de Triomf was designed by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas for the first Spanish World Fair in 1888 that was held in Barcelona. It was designed as the main entrance for the fair in Parc Ciutadella.

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona, Spain
Arc de Triomf in Barcelona

Vilaseca built the arc in a Neo-Moorish style using red bricks and each sculpture has a representation. First you will see the front cornice facing Passeig Sant Joan saying ‘Barcelona rep les nacions’ meaning Barcelona welcomes the nations. Then at the back frieze it has ‘Recompensa’ means to recompense or represents giving of awards to the participants of the World Fair. Along the sides of the arc are sculptures symbolizing art, trade and agriculture. The two pillars with sculpted bat figures is the badge of King Jaume I. Then at the top you will see the emblem of the 49 Spanish provinces with the coat of arms of Barcelona city.

You will find the Arc de Triomf at the top of Passeig Lluís Companys which is a large pedestrian avenue lined with palm trees leading to Parc Ciutadella. Here you can go for a nice walk, see street artists performing their arts, children’s balloon sellers and locals and tourists taking a stroll until you reach the green park area.

It is not possible to visit the Arc de Triomf from the inside or to go up the Arc de Triomf, however you may be interested to go on a bike tour that includes passing by the Arc de Triomf and other Barcelona attractions in the nearby area of El Born, Raval and the Gothic Quarter.

Below you will find the address, nearest metro stations, bus stops and car parking to Arc de Triomf Barcelona.

Arc de Triomf
Passeig de Lluís Companys
08003 Barcelona, España.

How to get to Arc de Triomf

MetroMetro: Arc de Triomf (Red Line, L1)

Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop

The hop on hop off itinerary passes by the Arc de Triomf that you will be able to admire from the deck of the tourist bus.

If you want to get off the bus to take a closer look at the Arc de Triomf, the nearest stop for Arc de Triomf is "Zoo" on the red route with the "hop on hop off" sightseeing bus.

Public bus

Passeig Lluís Companys - Arc de Triomf: H16, V19
Placeta del Comerç: 120

Car parking

CarparkCar parking near Arc de Triomf

Luggage Storage

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