This red-bricked beauty is the work of architect Josep Vilaseca and was commissioned for the Universal Exhibition, held at the Parc de la Ciutadella back in 1888. It’s ordained with four ceremonial friezes, each having a different symbolic meaning. The side facing Passeig de Sant Joan is of a woman, welcoming the nations who were visiting Barcelona. The friezes on the park facing side depict the presentation of medals, signifying the recognition of the nation. The arc also has intricate artwork representing art and commerce on the north face, with agriculture and industry on the south face. It is beautifully topped off with the Spanish coat of arms and 49 shields, each representing the provinces of this great city and nation.