Barcelona in 3D

Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Today, Barcelona joins its Spanish neighbors Madrid and Valencia as 3D cities in Google Earth. If you’re a fan of architecture, Barcelona offers a visual feast. The mix of old and new is truly facinating. It contains architectural wonders that date back to medieval times, in addition to modern architecture designed by critically acclaimed architects.

Open Google Earth and fly down to Barcelona to see hundreds of 3D models of buildings, monuments, cathedrals, museums, statues, towers and much more. If time was short, my guided tour would probably start at what is arguably the most famous building in the city, the Sagrada Familia. Staying with the cathedral theme I’d head over to the Barcelona Cathedral located in the center of the city. The Casa MilĂ  would be next on my list; this amazing work of art was designated a World Heritage site in 1984.

If modern architecture is more to your liking, you’ll want to visit the Montjuic Communications Tower and the Torre Agbar (which shouldn’t be too hard to find given its unique shape). I could go on, but since a picture is worth a thousand words, we’ve created a short video (above) that showcases many of Barcelona’s most popular destinations. Judging by the thousands of models that users have created using Google SketchUp and Building Maker, I think it’s pretty evident that I’m not the only admirer of this wonderful city.