Arc of Triomf
The Arc de Triomf (Triumphal Arch) is an archway structure in Barcelona. The arch is made with red bricks and has a Moorish Revival style. It was built in 1888 to act as the main entrance to the Universal exhibition (a World Fair), and was designed by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas.
Initially, the Barcelona authorities had planned to build a replica of the French Eiffel Tower but eventually disgarded this idea in favor of the arch. The arch is located between the Passeig de Sant Joan and Passeig de Llu├şs Companys, at the end of a promenade leading to the Ciutadella Park.
The front frieze contains a stone sculpture engraved with the words, "Barcelona rep les nacions" (meaning "Barcelona wlcomes the nations" in Catalan). This was designed by Josep Reyn├ęs.
The brick structure is 30 meters high and, unlike other triumphal arches with military markings, it has more civilian characteristics.