The Prado Museum

The Prado museum houses one of the finest collections of classical art in the world. It was first established in 1819 as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts by King Ferdinand VII and his second wife, María Isabel de Braganza, who is considered the founder of the museum. It was nationalized in 1868, and the name was changed to Museo Nacional del Prado.

The museum’s collections, including 8,600 paintings are so large only about one-seventh can be put on display at one time. The collections include the works of great Flemish, Dutch, French, Italian, German and of course Spanish masters.… Continue reading

Salvador Dalí and the Theater-Museum of Figueres

There are actually three museums run by the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation. All are in the northeast corner of Spain known as Catalonia.

Firstly, in the town of Pubol is the Gala Dalí Castle House-Museum. This castle-like mansion was designed as a tribute to Salvador’s wife Gala, a space where she could live like royalty in rooms filled with Dalí’s artworks, and uncluttered spaces suitable for the grand visions of the master.

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La Sagrada Familia – Gaudí Museum

Dominating the Barcelona skyline, this remarkable unfinished church is an artistic and religious statement by the famous Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). With the dramatic entryways and the 100 meter high belltowers already completed, La Sagrada Familia stands tall as a monument to the man, Barcelona, Catalonia and God. Started in 1883, the site is still a work in progress, and hopefully the project will be completed by 2050.

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