By Robert Hughes
Starting with a vibrant description of his marriage ceremony within the most appropriate medieval ceremonial chamber in Barcelona's urban corridor, Hughes launches right into a full of life account of the historical past, artwork, and structure of the storied urban. He tells of architectural treasures abounding in 14th-century Barcelona, constructing it as one among Europe's nice Gothic towns, whereas Madrid used to be rarely greater than a cluster of huts. the town spawned such nice artists as Antoni Gaudi, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Casals. Hughes's deep wisdom of the town is evident--but it's his own reflections of what Barcelona, its humans, and its storied heritage and tradition have intended to him over the many years that units Barcelona the nice Enchantress except all others' books.
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