#Barcelona #Urban #City #Catalunya #Mies #Van #Der #Rohe #Pavilion #Kolbe

Post by Lynn and Paul Henni

2 – A selection of general city shots from our trip to Barcelona earlier this year, following on from our Streets & People post, with more to follow in our Sagrada Familia post.

Pasage De La Paz. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Pasage De La Paz. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Again, the narrow streets create wonderful contrasts and pools of light.

Pasage De La Paz, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Pasage De La Paz, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
High Up and Narrow. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
High Up and Narrow. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

In stark contrast to the surrounding gothic and modernist architecture, El Corte Ingles is a brutal, domineering building built in 1962 towards the end of Franco’s rule.

El Corte Ingles. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
El Corte Ingles. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Through And Back. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Through And Back. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Ear Tug. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Ear Tug. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

The stunning Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion was designed as the German national pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition.  The glass, steel and marble construction is  a fabulous example of the Modern Movement.

Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

The pavilion contains Georg Kolbe’s striking bronze sculpture, Dawn.  It is perfectly placed to reflect in water, glass and marble.

Dawn. Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Dawn. Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

We were lucky enough to time our visit so the statue’s arms are shielding the face from the sun.

Dawn by Georg Kolbe, Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Dawn by Georg Kolbe, Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

I loved the juxtaposition of the curved statue reflecting against the rigid geometry of the building.

Dawn. Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Dawn. Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Dawn by Georg Kolbe, Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Dawn by Georg Kolbe, Mies Van Der Rohe Pavillion, Barcelona. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

We passed the Fundació Joan Miró  – this sculpture offers a bit of a contrast to the Kolbe.

Miro Sculpture. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Miro Sculpture. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Ah, I can’t pass by a Sombreria without snatching a quick shot.

Sombreria. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Sombreria. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Sanchez Ruiz. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Sanchez Ruiz. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Heroic. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Heroic. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Tight Shoe. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Tight Shoe. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Shipyard. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Shipyard. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Flowing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Flowing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

The old Mercat del Born is the largest covered square in Europe according to Wikipedia and marks the start of the Catalan modernism architecture.   Its beautiful, tranquil and cool interior makes a relaxing refuge from the heat of Barcelona’s streets (and it has a cafe and a loo!).  More importantly, after years of neglect, the building has gone through prolonged renovation, in the course of which, the ruins of medieval streets, houses, bars and shops from the defeat of Catalunya during the War of Spanish Succession were uncovered.

In The Bourne. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
In The Born. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

After a few days trekking round Barcelona, it is good to get out of the town on Las Golondrinas.  After a trip out the harbour and along  the Barceloneta front, the boats take you round the industrial bit of of the docks.

Harbour Shadows. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Harbour Shadows. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Harbour Shadows. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Harbour Shadows. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Old Barcelona At Night. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Finally, a colourful parillada – grilled lobster, cuttlefish, langostinos, gambas and mussels.  El Rey de Gamba is an institution – it’s busy, bold and brash but the seafood is excellent and pretty good value given the location near the harbour.

El Rey De Gambas. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
El Rey De Gambas. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

 

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