The capital city of Catalonia, Barcelona, is the traditional port of entry to the rest of Spain.
It carries out its function of being a great metropolis on the east Mediterranean coast,
not far from France, and it is also the International Capital of Sport.
No other European capital city, except Paris and Berlin, has undergone such an important
transformation during the last few years. A transformation which is due to two fundamental
reasons: the special challenge of the Olympic Games in 1992 and that of the new united Europe.
These two undertakings have given rise to the creation of new structures, of new communications
networks, of improved services, in a city which maintains unchanged, its tradition of
The anticipated entry of Barcelona into the XXI century can be seen along the length and breadth
of the city. The world's foremost architects and artists have taken part in this transformation.
Norman Foster has built the first, second-generation, communications tower, Arata Isozaki has
erected a revolutionary Olympic stadium, Gae Aulenti has transformed the Catalonian Art Museum,
Rafael Moneo has designed the music auditorium etc. There are new squares, new hotels, and new parks, and these have been adorned with sculptures by Chillida, Serra, Kelly, Hunt and other great contemporary sculptors. With its different installations, the Olympic Village has created a favourable atmosphere for the recovery of the sea-front.
The Barcelona's fašade has changed. If you knew her years ago, then you ought to come back. If
you have not yet been, then you are missing the opportunity of getting to know what a great
Mediterranean city will look like in the third millennium.
[Palau Sant Jordi]