All the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Barcelona


Collage of the best Barcelona World Heritage

UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and it’s an agency founded in 1945. One of their main projects is the definition and protection of World Heritage Sites – landmarks of world-class cultural or natural interest. As I write this post, Spain features 49 world heritage sites, 11 of them in the region of Catalonia, and 8 of them within the city of Barcelona.

Out of the 9 Barcelona World Heritage sites, 7 of them are architecture works of the architect Antoni Gaudí, and 2 of them were designed by his professor and competitor Domenech i Muntaner. If you are visiting Barcelona, at least some of them should definitely make your list of must-sees. Let us help you decide which ones should be on top of your list!

Barcelona World Heritage sites by Antoni Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi was an architect born in 1852 and died in 1926. His works are a large collection of impressive buildings, urban elements and pieces of furniture, but not all of them have received the World Heritage protection rank. His works in Cantabria and Leon were left out, and didn’t make it either projects such as some small projects outside of Barcelona, or early projects such as Torre Bellesguard, the Teresianes school or Casa Calvet. You can see a complete list of all the Gaudi works in our blog.

In 1984 three Gaudi sites were declared UNESCO SITES, the other four would follow in 2005. From the 7 Works of Antoni Gaudi classed as UNESCO World Heritage, 6 of them in Barcelona city, and one just 30 minutes drive outside of it. Here they are:


Park Guell

Park Guell is one of the top Gaudi sites in Barcelona. Commissioned by Gaudi’s best friend and patron, the Count Eusebi Guell, it was meant to be an exclusive residential area in the fashion of the European “garden cities”. The project, though, was an economic failure, and eventually it became a public garden. Its fairy-tale shapes and colorful mosaics make it a park like no other you’ve seen before.

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