The greatest monument in Las Palmas is the Cathedral of the Canaries, whose construction began in the early sixteenth century. It was completed in the nineteenth century. Located in the historical downtown and considered the most important architectural monument of Gran Canaria, it hosts the seat of the Canaries Diocese.

Another famous place you have to discover is the Casa Colon. It is the former palace of the first governors of the island visited by Christopher Columbus during his first trip to America (1492). Today, it houses a museum about the expeditions to the New World.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria also hosts numbers of interesting museums such as the Museo Canario where you can see the substantial remains of the time of the Guanches. It is a scientific and cultural institution established in 1879 which houses studies and exhibit collections of archaeological and ethnographic materials and artistic creations. Finally, the Museum of Modern Art, located in the historic district of Vegueta, houses an impressive collection of historical vanguards and current manifestations of art.

The Guggenheim Museum is a modern and contemporary museum in Bilbao which was inaugurated in 1997. It is part of the 5 museums of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Its innovative structure was designed by the architect Frank Gehry in a spectacular “Deconstructivism” style that made the building famous in the entire world and built the reputation of the city of Bilbao.

Among the greatest artworks of the museum, we can quote the gigantic sculptures of Richard Serra, the installations of Jenny Holzer, the spider “Maman” of Louise Bourgeois or the giant flower dog of Jeff Koons, “Puppy”. The temporary expositions of the museum often change and are very eclectic going from the Chinese or Russian art history to the modern art of the 20th an 21st centuries.

According to the size and the type of meeting you want to organize, there is a wide range of original venues available in Barcelona. For instance, the Poble Espanyol, that brings together the great landmarks of Spanish popular architecture in one single enclosure, concentrates multiple areas with very different styles and capacities in its 40,000 m2!

In a different style, the colorful Casa Batlló, apartment building renovated by Antoni Gaudí in 1906 on Passeig de Gracia, can host meetings and events until 350 persons on its 4 levels.

Another very popular venue is the Palau de la Musica Catalana. Full of light and colour, it is one of the most representative buildings of Catalan Modernist style Opened on February 1908 and allows the organization of private events in the concert hall.


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Who is Gaudí?

Por el 20 July, 2012

Antoni Gaudi was one of the most famous Catalan architects dead in Barcelona in 1926. Figurehead of Catalan modernism, 7 of its works have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Thanks to its extraordinary creative capacities Gaudi was dealing with both structural and decorative questions. He was taking care of all the details mixing techniques like ceramic, glass sculpture, ironwork or carpentry with architecture. He even invented its own technique named Trencadís, a type of mosaic created from broken tile shards.

Mainly inspired by nature and religion, its work has become the symbol of Barcelona and one of its main touristic assets as people come from the all world to visit the Sagrada Familia, the Güell Park, the Batlló House or the Pedrera.