A very interesting tour to discover Catalan art, from the 10th century until the 20th century. The Miró Museum and the National Art Museum of Catalunya (MNAC) are both located in Montjuïc, that’s why we call the tour “UpHill we Find Art”.
The most important European Romanesque Art collection is at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). The quality and the variety of the “frescos”, altarpieces, and sculptures is unique, it becomes the base to understand not only Catalan art but Catalan history too.
On our visit, we’ll show you the “Pantocrator of Taüll” the most famous of all the frescos and a quite astonishing one for its size and quality. We’ll talk about the Biblical histories that, mostly unknown painters, left on these old Romanesque churches at the Pyrenees. We’ll see some wooden sculptures that survived centuries of changes, fires, wars, etc jumping for a little bit to the Modern Art section to prepare ourselves for our next visit to the Miró Museum.
The Fundació Joan Miró is a personal project of Miró. Open since 1975 is not just a museum to understand the whole universe of this great artist, it is a Center of Contemporary Studies. Organizes many temporary exhibitions of 20th and 21st centuries artists. On our visit, we’ll understand his attachment to the Catalan land, his symbology full of stars, birds, and primary colors, the paintings burned by himself, a tapestry made on purpose for the museum, and many more Mironian creations.
Both Museums are just 5 minutes walking distance from each other and located on the fantastic mountain of Montjuïc if you want to explore a bit more of this area we recommend you to book our Miro’s Museum & Montjuïc Hill tour. We’ll be next to the Olympic Stadium, the Plaza de España, some nice restaurants like the Martinez, El Xalet, and the nice ones inside both museums.
Everything was so easy. We met our guide, Begonia, across the street, which was a perfect spot for a group photo before we bypassed the long lines and entered the temple. Begonia spoke English perfectly, was extremely knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor. She not only knew all the history and facts about Gaudi and the Sagrada Familia, but she grew up in Barcelona so she was able to give us anecdotes and stories of the temple as well as the Spanish culture. We had several teenagers in our group and she kept them fully engaged throughout the tour. Although I had already visited the Sagrada Familia, I learned so much more being on a private tour, especially with Begonia as our guide.
Maxx W., L.A.-California
I can’t say enough positive things about our experience with Carolina and Skip the Line. We were unsure about using a tour guide because we had never used one before, so we waited until we arrived in Barcelona to set something up. They responded immediately and were flexible concerning meeting times. We made an easy payment through PayPal and we were all set up. We met up with Carolina two blocks from where we were staying and she immediately engaged our 6 and 9-year-old kids. We went on to a tour that was incredibly informative from a historical perspective, but also in current events. And, it was great to get the perspective on current events from a local. Carolina was honest AND even-handed. The tour ended with “Certificates of Achievement” in understanding Barcelona for my kids. Skip the Line and Carolina were a highlight of our trip and I highly recommend them.
Best way to start our Trip !!!!
We signed up for the Highlights tour on our first full day in Barcelona and it was the perfect way to start our trip. Carolina was a great and patient guide and she really helped us get our bearings. We saw a few different areas of the city, learned a lot about each neighborhood, and ended up with a great tour of La Sagrada Familia. I highly recommend scheduling a tour with Skip the Line – they were professional, on time, organized and really fun to hang out with!
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