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In photos: Barcelona in happier times - from Gaudi to Messi.

On other pages of this website you can find graphic coverage of the Las Ramblas terror attack in Barcelona. For those who prefer not to see those images, and instead would like to recall the marvelous sights of one of Europe's most popular cities, Univision News compiled this slideshow.
18 Ago 2017 – 03:46 PM EDT
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The city's most famous architectural jewel is the iconic basilica known as La Sagrada Familia, designed by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona's most famous son. Crédito: Photo by Naomi Hutchinson on Unsplash
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The architect Antoni Gaudí designed one of the most iconic cathedrals in the world: la Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family). Seven of the buildings he designed are considered “World Heritage” sites by UNESCO. Gaudi started work on the temple in 1883. As of today, 70 percent of the work has been executed, and the goal is to complete all of the architectural work by 2026.
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Tourists visiting the interior of the Sagrada Familia. EFE/Quique García Crédito: QUIQUE GARCÍA/(EPA) EFE
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Park Güell - In 1885 the industrialist Eusebi Güell, instructed Gaudi to build a park on a bare mountain ridge, with a fantastic view of Barcelona. The concept was to create a garden city where nature and housing could exist in harmony. The park was opened in 1922.
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The entrance to Park Güell features this mosaic salamander, known as "el drac" (the dragon).
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Casa Milà, is popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’ (the stone quarry), due to the resemblance of its façade to an open quarry. It was built between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). In 1984 was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Gaudi's Casa Milà, viewed from below the famous balconies. Crédito: Photo by Tyler Hendy on Unsplash
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Casa Batlló, built between 1904 and 1906 in the heart of the city, is the most emblematic work of Gaudi's Modernist stlye of architecture. Gaudí gave Casa Batlló a stunningly original wavy facade of stone covered with a mosaic of fragments of coloured glass and ceramic discs.
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The ceramic exterior of the Casa Batlló. ALBERT OLIVE/EFE
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The dreamlike roof terrace of the Casa Batlló with its famous chimneys.
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Crowds on Las Ramblas on the day of the city's patron saint, Sant Jordi. EFE/Toni Albir Crédito: Toni Garriga/EFE
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Las Ramblas on a normal day. Crédito: ANDREU DALMAU/EFE
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Barcelona's famous Boqereria market near Las Ramblas. Crédito: TONI ALBIR/(EPA) EPA
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View of Montjuic Palce. The Palau Nacional was the site of the 1929 International Exhibition on the hill of Montjuïcin Barcelona. Since 1934 it has been home to the National Art Museum of Catalonia. Photo courtesy of Aileen Quintana.
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The fountain at the Montjuic Palace. EFE/Julián Martín
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Jean Nouvel's Agbar Tower. Designed by Jean Nouvel, a French architect, the shimmering colors give the impression of a shoot of water like a geyser. Photo courtesy of Aileen Quintana.
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View from Montjuic/Photo courtesy of Juan Calvo.
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Aerial view of Barcelona, Las Ramblas and the beach. Crédito: Photo by Enes on Unsplash
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Barcelona port/Photo courtesy of Juan Calvo.
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Barcelona is famous for its Barceloneta beach as well. EFE/Albert Olive Crédito: Albert Olive/EFE
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The Sagrada Familia in the background during synchronized 10 meter platform dive compettion at the Montjuic municipal swimming pool in Barcelona, July 22 2013. EFE/Patrick B. Kraemer
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General view of the FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium during a Spanish Primera Division soccer match. EPA/Toni Garriga Crédito: Toni Garriga/EPA
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FC Barcelona flags in the stands of the Nou Camp. EFE/Alberto Estevez. Alberto Estevez./EFE
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Argentian soccer star Leonel Messi is the face of FC Barcelona, one of the world's premier soccer clubs. EFE/Alejandro García Crédito: Chema Moya/EFE
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The inaugural ceremony at the Barcelona Olympic games 1992.
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Barcelona Olympic games 1992. Aerial view of the Olympic complex. EFE
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A Disney Cruise Line ship arriving at the port of Barcelona. EFE/MG/ae Crédito: MG/(EPA) EFE
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