Saturday, October 07, 2006

Passeig Lluis Company & Arc de Triomf

I intentionally found the Passeig Lluis Comapany while I was coming out of the Parc de le Cascada. Many people have commented on how nice the photos I've taken are. Believe me when I say that the photos do not do them any justice. Seeing them in person would raise the hair's on your arm. The full photo set can be viewed on flicker. History is below.

The design by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas stands out from other well-known arches - in particular the Arc de Triomphe in Paris - by its Coat of armscolorful brickwork in mudéjar style, a style which has its origins in Moorish architecture. The arch is decorated with stone carvings. The front frieze by Josep Reynés shows the city of Barcelona welcoming visitors. The other side, designed by Josep Llimona shows a prize-giving ceremony. The crown of the arch is adorned with a stone carving of the Coat of Arms of Barcelona. Statue on the Arc de TriomfAll the other Spanish provinces are represented as well on either side of the crown. The arc is also adorned with twelve statues of women, symbolizing fame.

The avenue is dedicated to the memory of Lluís Companys, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya between 1933 and 1939, who was executed by the Franco regime in the trenches of Montjuïc castle.

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