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. Plan to visit El Pabellón de Barcelona and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Barcelona attractions using our Barcelona journey planner.
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  • Mies van der Rohe is one of the most important Modernist architects of the 20th Century. He designed the Barcelona Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. The pavilion is small...  more »
  • This place was ok for me. My son, who minored in architecture was absolutely awed by it. Still, at 5e, it was worth the visit  more »
  • I shed a tear when we got to the Barcelona Pavilion. I'd seen pictures all my life but they dont do it justice. Truely inspired. My husband who saw me cry thought I'd gone insane. There are...  more »
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  • You can literally sit here for 2 hours and just absorb the space and tranquility.
  • A must see for anyone architect or architectural student. The gift shop also has some great souvenirs too if you want to bring home a bit of mies. It's 10 euros to get in and you pay at the door. There wasn't many people when I went so I had the chance to sit and soak it all in when I was there.
  • Iconic, if not The iconic Mies Van Der The building that started modernism
  • Free and beautiful place to take photos at with van der Rohe's work
  • Hilarious that most tourist walk past this marvel of 20th century architecture. This small pavilion is undoubtedly more influential on modern architecture than Gaudi, but one has to work much hard to appreciate the genius at play. Spend €5 on the entrance and enjoy the tranquil contemplation which transfixes almost all visitors.

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