Arc de Triomf


Arc de Triomf is a 30-metre arch that towers over Passeig de Lluís Companys street in Barcelona. It was built by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanova as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. This extraordinary arch marks the entrance to Parc de la Ciutadella down a walkway of palm trees and pedestrians. The arch features a red brick Moorish-inspired style called neo-Mudejar and stone sculptures from various artists including Josep Reynés, Josep Llimona, Antoni Villanova and Torquat Tassó. The arch features numerous symbolic sculptures that represent agriculture, science, arts, industry and commerce. Among one of the most prominent symbols in the arch are the bats on the two pillars, which was the emblem of King Jaume I, a former king who ruled during a time of prosperity in Barcelona.

Arc de Triomf poses as a civic monument that’s main purpose was to welcome all nations to the Barcelona World Fair. Today the arch serves as an important and beautifully crafted landmark of the city.