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Seven wonder secrets of Barcelona

Every city has its own secrets, no matter what is it or if it is small or not, neither if it is something well hidden or not, the important point is that it is a secret from our heart and something that few people know about it.

The Convalescencia house (calle carme 47). Built between 1629 and 1680, it was a modernism project by Pere Domènech i Roura. What I like the most, it is its nicely courtyard where, in the middle, there is a statue of saint Paul standing above a well, a work done by Lluís Bonifaci el Vell in 1689. In the entrance, you will see a beautiful decoration made of ceramics by Llorenç Passoles in 1679 telling the life of saint Paul. Integrated in the Sant Creu hospital, it was used for terminal patients

and a church section, actually it is the headquarters of the catalan education institute.

The Gaudi statue (passeig manuel girona 55). If you want to be welcomed by Antoni Gaudi, you will have to go to the main entrance of the extensive closure fence of the Miralles property. The fence is a work by Gaudi who built it between 1901 and 1902 but his statue is done by Joaquim Camps in 1999 made of bronze and in real size (about 1.60 meters tall).

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The clock tower (moll de pescadors). This tower is situated in a zone totally out of the tourism areas but close enough to be discovered if you like to play adventurer. Originally it was a lighthouse built in 1772 integrated in a project dating of 1743 by Jorge Próspero de Verboom to extend the harbor and in 1904, it has been renovated and changed in clock.

The Masriera studio (calle bailèn 70-72). Each time I walk near it, I always peep at this building because of its façade inspired by the greek temple of Augustus located in the Barri Gotic neighborhood. It was built in 1884 by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas for the brothers Masriera who were painter and sculptor. Actually it is the place for a woman religious order and on the roof, you will spot 2 splendid statues of griffon.

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The saint George statue (avinguda diagonal 395). This statue represents saint George, a personality very important for Barcelona, so important that he is representing by a red cross in the catalan flag of the city. You can easily miss it because it is hidden and not really hidden and it is a work of Joan Rebull dating from 1977.

The Joan Maragall garden (passeig de santa madrona 1). It is a beautiful garden designed by Jean Claude Nicolas Forestier in 1929 for the international exhibition. Once inside, you will see many nice statues and a neoclassical palace that was built by Joan Moya especially for the royal family and which is still used by them when they come in Barcelona. If you want to visit it, the garden is opened only the weekend and bank holidays from 10h to 15h.

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The viewpoint of the auditoris park (plaza forum 1). This viewpoint is hidden a little from the eyes of the people if you are not curious because it is located at the end of a bridge which the roof has a M form meaning “mar” (sea) or “mirador” (viewpoint). It is not like the other viewpoints because it isn’t in an elevated position so from this point, you will have a complete view of the beach with the city and the Montjuic mountain at the background.

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