El Pabellón de Barcelona, Barcelona

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Explore inside El Pabellón de Barcelona, an iconic modernist building built for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona. Admire Mies van der Rohe’s use of minimalist design, simple forms, and extravagant materials such as marble, red onyx, and travertine. Bear in mind that this incredibly modern-looking building was built over 80 years ago. Discover the famous Barcelona chair and the bronze reproduction of Georg Kolbe’s sculpture, “Alba.” Observe how the sculpture is reflected not only in the pond, but in the marble and glass, creating the sensation that it is multiplied. Browse the souvenir shop to pick up a book on Mies van der Rohe or one of his contemporaries. Plan to visit El Pabellón de Barcelona and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Barcelona attractions using our Barcelona journey planner.
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  • I think it is a must to visit the Pavilion by Mies. Not as visited as other Barcekkona attractions but relax inside the Pavilion or outside is a way to reconcile with the modern architecture.
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  • As a great admirer, Mies van der Rohe was this pavilion almost my personal Barcelona highlight. The 5 Euro entrance fee worthwhile. I was there on Sunday, but it was not full and I had leisure to make the architecture on me. Beautiful.
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  • The father of modern architecture, Mies van der Rohe designed the national flag of Germany for the 1929 international exhibition in Barcelona. The Pavilion is built in glass, steel and four types of travertine (Roman, green of the Alps, green old of Greece and Golden Onyx from the Atlas). I have to admit that modern art is not my forte, since not only I did not understand it and I didn't.
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  • A must if you are an architect (my case) or if you’re studying architecture since this is a very iconic building in the architecture world/history. On the contrary, if your not related to architecture, you might not be as delighted given the facts mentioned above.
  • The whole area is an impressive one, a nice square with beautiful building architecture. Too many people but with beautiful atmosphere. The visitor may admire the amazing view of the place and the magic fountain from the stairs of the square by having a couple of beers. Attention is needed to the personal belongings.
  • Cant believe it's almost century old. One of the most influential piece of architecture. Unfortunately totally rebuild in 80-s.
  • Last August I was in a guided tour in Barcelona and it did not include this pavilion. But we accidentally passed by it and once I set my eyes on it I felt I found a treasure and insisted that we all step down from the bus to visit this place. For me it was like a dream come true; a top example of early modern architecture that we studied as architecture students comes into real experience. I simply loved the place and did not want to leave!
  • Finally!!! I'm a Mies fan. A nice break from Gothic while in Barcelona.
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