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El Pabellón de Barcelona, Barcelona

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
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. Use our Barcelona vacation builder to add El Pabellón de Barcelona and other attractions to your Barcelona vacation plans.
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  • I know he's a minimalist but really? There is virtually nothing in this building that you can't see from the outside. I'm really not sure what they charge 5€ for. If you are interested in how marble c...  more »
  • A very simple elegant building but every student of architecture will appreciate the innovative design. It still looks very modern after almost 100 years. Could do with a little more information about...  more »
  • Not much here. Was expecting more of an exhibit or exhibition. It's beautiful modern architecture but I'm really not sure why they placed it here and have two huge flags hanging over the building. Had...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful pieces of architecture ever built, a stunning place, tranquil and calming, simply amazing! As a fan of Mies Van Der Rohe's work, this was a real treat. €5 to enter, but well worth the price. Try to go when the place is mostly empty as its such a nice place to escape the hustle of the city.
  • Words can't describe how good this architecture is. Extremely comfortable makes me want to sleep and also magnificent use of materials. Bravo bravo bravo. I want one of his chairs
  • A dream come true. Like seeing a long dead loved one come back to life. I always admired Mies' Barcelona Pavillion since my first year in architecture school, over 30 years ago. All the black and white pictures were faded and grainy. But this was the real thing, in all its green, black and brown marble, dark red curtains, and porous travertine. The spaces flowed in each other. The chrome plated columns punctuated the edges of the spaces. The marble, glass and travertine walls flowed with the spaces. A masterpiece of design and space.
  • Fantastic! Meaningful to those who study architecture... but the maintenance is not so good, and the shop is not always open during day time.
  • This is a classic by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Can't believe that they charge €5 to enter though. IG 📷: thearchitectshoots

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