5 Outstanding Buildings in Spanish Architecture

Like other European architectures, Spanish architecture is heavily influenced by arts and history.


Spain has some of Europe’s most beautiful architecture. This is not surprising, considering the rich culture and history of the Iberian Peninsula. Many of its buildings and monuments are unique and distinctive, and some of them are even considered historical monuments that are recognized internationally. Architecture in Spain varies greatly from city to city, from the Romans to the Moors to the Baroque to the Renaissance. Even cities like Barcelona are influenced by a wide range of styles, with modernist buildings and Gothic cathedrals. Take a look at 5 unique Spanish buildings that represent this fascinating blend of styles!


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1. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Santiago de Compostela

The cathedral was built in 1211 in Galicia, a region in northern Spain. The structure was originally built in Romanesque style, but later added Gothic and Baroque elements. UNESCO has designated this building a World Heritage Site for its amazing details.

2. Alhambra, Granada

Located in Andalusia, the Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex. Originally built as a fortress in AD 889, the palace was converted into a palace in 1333. The building was built during the Muslim rule of Spain and reflects the culture of these centuries.

3. La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

We had to include the most visited place in Spain, which attracts millions of visitors a year. Antoni Gaud’s Sagrada Familia is one of the most iconic buildings in Spain that represents Barcelona, a city with some of the most unique architectural styles in the world, including Casa Batló.

4. Plaza de España, Sevilla

Designed by Caidon Foz, Plaza de España features exhibits that represent Spain’s industry and technology. The building is a combination of Art Deco, Spanish Renaissance Revival, Baroque Revival, and Neo-Mudéjar styles from the 1920s. Many bridges represent the ancient Spanish kingdoms, which are connected to this half-circle complex.

5. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation owns nine museums worldwide, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. It’s also one of the most admired works of contemporary Spanish architecture, demonstrating perfectly the blend of styles felt in the country. 

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