Arc de Triomf

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This article is about the arch in Barcelona. For other uses, see Arch of Triumph (disambiguation).
Arc de Triomf / Arco de Triunfo
English: Triumphal Arch
Arc de Triomf Barcelona 2013.jpg
Year 1888 (1888)
Type Brick, stone
Dimensions 29.8 m × 27.7 m × 12.4 m (98 ft × 91 ft × 41 ft)
Location Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
Coordinates 41°23′27″N 2°10′50″E / 41.39083°N 2.18056°E / 41.39083; 2.18056Coordinates: 41°23′27″N 2°10′50″E / 41.39083°N 2.18056°E / 41.39083; 2.18056

The Arc de Triomf (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈarɡ də tɾiˈomf]) or Arco de Triunfo in spanish, is a triumphal arch in the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. It was built, by architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas, as the main access gate for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. The arch crosses over the wide central promenade of the Passeig de Lluís Companys, leading to the Ciutadella Park that now occupies the site of the world fair. It is located at the northern end of promenade, facing down the Passeig de Sant Joan.

The arch is built in reddish brickwork in the Neo-Mudéjar 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 entitled Recompensa (Recompense), a work from Josep Llimona's the earliest period, representing the granting of awards to the participants in the World Exposition. The friezes along the sides of the arch include allegories of Agriculture and Industry, works by Antoni Vilanova, and of Trade and Art by Torquat Tassó.

Similar structures can be found in many other cities, most notably including the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Wellington Arch in London, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch in New York City and the Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest.

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