Barcelona Maritime Museum's oared Man of War Spanish fleet Royal Galley - A must see on your Barcelona  city break. Free Photographic Wallpaper Barcelona and Gaudi Ideal Spanish
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Barcelona in the North East corner of Spain on the Mediterranean coast is an ideal vocational city break holiday destination. There are lots of cheap flights and hotel, bed and breakfast, motel plus villa accommodation. Renting a car is cheap and easy. It is a delightful Spanish city. It has elegant boulevards and attractive side streets,  A visit to Gaudi's architectural gems is a must. The Christopher Columbus waterfront has to be visited. Make sure you go to the Maritime Museum even if you do not like boats you have to see the splendid richly decorated Mediterranean giant oared galley warship. The Olympic village and the fort on top of the hill are an ideal place to spend an afternoon and take in the fantastic vista of Barcelona in font of you.

Barcelona Maritime Museum
The Barcelona Maritime Museum should not be missed. It is housed in the former royal shipyards, Drassanes Reals, which were built between 1283 and 1328. These are the original buildings and the section of the building that faces the sea was originally right on the sea edge for ease of launching the ships. It is a superb example of Gothic architecture. The statue of Columbus is a short distance away as is the sea end of the Ramblas

The centre piece of the museum that I found amazing is the huge full-size replica of a Mediterranean Man of war Galley, the Juan de Austria's Lepanto "galera". On deck you get a brief 3D virtual reality show of the crew, chained four-by-four to their benches for months on end. It was said you could smell them before you could see them. Many of the crew were Turkish slaves, criminals and prisoners of war. The advantage of being a vessel powered by oars was that it could sail into the wind and escape other larger sailing vessels that were unable to go against the wind. It could also still make headway when the sea was flat calm and there were no winds. Add our site to your 'Favorites' list now!

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