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Next to the building, there is Torre Mapfre. Torre Mapfre holds the title for highest helipad in Spain at 505 feet above ground. Unlike its twin, Hotel Arts Barcelona this tower is a mixed use tower.
"The Arc de Triomf is an archway structure. It was built for the 1888 Universal exhibition, as its main access gate by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas. The arch is built in reddish brickwork in the Moorish Revival style. The front frieze contains the stone sculpture ""Barcelona rep les nacions"" (Catalan for ""Barcelona welcomes the nations"") by Josep Reynés. The opposite frieze contains a stone carving named ""Recompense"", a work from the earliest period of Josep Llimona. The top of the arch is decorated with the Barcelona coat of arms as well as a representation of all 49 other Spanish provinces, work of Torquat Tassó and Antoni Vilanova.
The arch is located between Passeig de Lluís Companys and Passeig de Sant Joan, at the end of a wide promenade connecting with the Park of the Ciutadella."
It was designed by Richard Meier & Partners (1987-1995). The building’s architectural style has strong references to Modernism. This large (120 by 35 metres) white building has much of its southern elevation glazed, providing the visitor with views across the plaza, and allowing natural light into the interior.
The museum opened to the public on 28 November 1995. The collections focus on post-1945 Catalan and Spanish art, although some foreign art is also represented.
"On May 17, 1902, in his 57th birthday, Jacint Verdaguer, one of the greatest poets of Catalan literature, moved from 235 Aragó street in Barcelona, where he lived, to the country house known as Vil·la Joana, in Vallvidrera (Barcelona), where he hoped to convalesce. On June 10 he died in Vil·la Joana. Nowadays, the house, converted into a museum, can be visited.
Verdaguer was buried in the Sud-Oest Montjuïc cemetery in Barcelona."