|One can take an elevator on the outside or escalators inside to reach the roof|
|I chose a restaurant and ordered the risotto with jamon and a glass of Cava|
|Elevator is shown at the left with walkway to the roof|
|La Botiga, prettiest of all the restaurants that encircle the roof|
|One of the views from the top. Views are 360 degrees from the roof!|
The converted Las Arenas was inaugurated in March 2011. The building was designed by the British architect Richard Rogers in collaboration with Alonso Balaguer. From the outside you can see the original purpose of the building: Las Arenas was one of three bullfighting arenas in Barcelona. The bullring was opened in 1900. The architect was Augusto Font i Carreras, who also finished the facade of the Cathedral of Barcelona. The bullring was one of his most important buildings. Bullfighting was never a Barcelona affair. It was more frowned upon for political reasons than cultural ones and was long regarded as the "sport" of the Castilian oppressors of the Franco era. One year after Franco's death in 1977, the last bullfight took place in the arena.
I wanted to share these images from along Gran Via...beautiful buildings and colorful grafitti!