Barcelona Posted on In 1882 started the construction of the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. Gaudí devoted the remainder of his life to the project, and he is buried in the crypt. At the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. The church plan is that of a Latin cross with five aisles. The central nave vaults reach forty-five metres while the side nave vaults reach thirty metres. The transept has three aisles. The columns are on a 7.5 metre grid. Bold, brash, colourful, distinctive, harmonious,varied and unique are just a few adjectives that come to mind when describing Barcelona architecture. Barcelona has successfully blended the old and the new in a way that makes this city simply breathtakingly beautiful. Santa Maria del Pi is a 15th-century Gothic church in Barcelona. The interior length of the nave is 54 metres, the width is 16.5 metres and the height is 12.2 metres. With 4,251 works exhibited by the painter, the Museu Picasso has one of the most complete permanent collections of works. It opened to the public on 9 March 1963, becoming the first museum dedicated to Picasso’s work and the only one created during the artist’s life. The Gothic Quarter stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to the Ronda de Sant Pere. It retains a labyrinthine street plan, with many small streets opening out into squares The shops from the Gothic Quarter have very diffenret styles and sell different objects with bold statements and unique ways of presenting the merchendise. Plaça Reial is a square in the Barri Gòtic of Barcelona. It is a popular meeting place during the summer, during the annual La Mercè festival in September when open-air concerts take place, and during other celebrations such as New Year’s Eve. The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria. The current name is believed to derive from the Catalan boc, meaning “goat”, therefore a boqueria would be a place where goat meat is sold. Barcelona was the 20th-most-visited city in the world by international visitors and the fifth most visited city in Europe after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome, with 5.5 million international visitors in 2011 Plaza de toros de las Arenas was a bullring in Barcelona. Over the years it featured numerous musical artists. It opened on June 29, 1900, and its last bullfight was held on June 19, 1977. The building was reopened in 2011 as a shopping mall named Arenas de Barcelona.