The Arc of Triumph is a monument of the city of Barcelona, located between the Lluis Companys walk and the Paseo de San Juan. It was designed as the main entrance of the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona in 1888.
The work of Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas has a height of 30 meters and the structure is made of brick with neomudéjar inspiration. It consists of two solid pilasters
joined by an arch, topped by a flat or attic superstructure. Its precious friezes are the work of Josep Reynes, who designed the frieze on the front facade under the title
of “The Adhesion of Nations to the Universal Contest”. The frieze on the back is the work of Josep Llimona under the title “The Reward”.
Although the arcs of the triumph are usually constructed to commemorate a military victory, in the case of the “Arc” of Barcelona, it does not fulfill this maxim, since it is a purely civil construction, marked by artistic, scientific and economic progress.
It is said that for the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona in 1888 different projects were presented, among which was that of the young Frenchman Gustave Eiffel and his metal tower. As we all know, the winning project was a door: The Arc of Triumph.
During the 48h Open House Barcelona it is possible to visit the roof, something that cannot be done every day. The views are spectacular.