Arc de Triomf’s History
The Arc De Triomf is located at the end of Passeig de Sant Joan. It was built in 1888 by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas. It was the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. Since then it has become one of Barcelona’s most impressive sights and is one of the best communal spaces in the whole city.
What can you see here?
The arc sits at the beginning of Passeig de Lluís Companys. A large open walkway that functions as somewhat of a public park most days. However, it’s often used as a venue by the city to host public events.
During the day you’ll be sure to see rollerbladers, skateboarders and artists performing too. Just your everyday passerby taking in some sun along the Passeig de Lluís Companys. You can also spot the singular benches and iron streetlights all along the Avenue representing the modernism style.
As you near the end of Passeig de Lluís Companys, you will come to the gates of Parc de La Ciutadella. One of Barcelona’s most well renowned parks. The park is home to many impressive pieces of art and is an excellent place to relax during the day. It is also adjacent to the Barcelona Zoo, if you are in need of something to do on a weekday afternoon.
Terrace and View Point
Yes, the Arc de Triomf actually has a terrace that offers a unique view of the city. However, it remains closed throughout the year. The only time you can visit is at the 48h Open House event. This event allows everyone to access sites and unique buildings that are usually closed to the public.