Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, has a population of over one million, six hundred thousand, and is an open, cosmopolitan city. Accessible to the world by sea, it has always been a link between cultures and has had a history marked by diversity. Artistic schools and styles have all found a home here with the Romanesque, Gothic and Modernista all leaving their mark, the latter most notably in the work of the genius Gaudí.
Barcelona has a wealth of monuments that are the legacy of a long, rich history. Amongst them are some from the former Roman colony, and others in Romanesque, Gothic and Modernista style. This cultural movement had an extraordinary artistic quality and intensity in Catalonia, and in the buildings of Antoni Gaudí has one of the city's main tourist attractions and one of the most convincing reasons to pay it a visit.