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