Tucked away in Barcelona’s Gothic quarter sits a hidden gem of rather large proportions: the remains of the Temple of Augustus.
These four, 9-metre-high columns were once part of a structure that measured some 37 metres long and 17 metres wide, and are now erected upon a three-metre-high podium. The columns that you see today are the only part that remains of the temple – the stone from the other columns being used in the construction of the surrounding buildings, over the years.
Take note once you’re here, because you’re standing upon what was once the highest point of Barcelona: Taber Hill.
The ruins weren’t actually disscovered until the late 19th century, when three of its columns appeared on the construction site of Centre Excursionista de Catalunya (the Hiking Club of Barcelona). A fourth column was then exhibited at the Plaça del Rei and was later added behind the three front-facing columns, as you see today. Catalan architect Lluís Domènech was then given the job of constructing the building to house the columns.
Despite being over 2000 years old, and surviving many centuries of change, these columns remain in excellent preserved condition and stand proud – guarded by the medieval architecture of the neighbouring buildings, and offer a preserved look into the history of the city that is roughly the same age of this impressive structure.
You can learn more history of the columns by reading the informative plaques inside the building.
C/ Paradís 10, Barcelona
How to get there:
The nearest metro stop is Jaume I on the green line (L4).
Bus routes: 17, 19, 40 and 45
Mondays 10 – 14h,
Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 19h
Sundays 10 – 20h
Public holidays 10 – 14h
Jan 1st, May 1st, June 24th and December 25th CLOSED
Things to see nearby:
Pont Del Bisbe (Bishop’s Bridge); Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia (Barcelona Cathedral); The Roman Walls; Palau Reial Major; Church of Santa Maria del Pi; Plaça del Rei; Plaça Reial; Las Ramblas