Aparthotel City Senator

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Via Augusta 167, Zona Alta, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08021, Spain
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Value Score Poor Value

Rated 12% lower than similarly priced 3 star hotels

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Where is the "Santa Maria" - replica gone ?

by MichaelFalk1969

Hi VTmembers, on my first visit to Barcelona in 1991 I saw the replica of the Columbus galleon "Santa Maria" in the Barcelona harbour. During my second visit in 2010 I noticed that the ship wasn`t there anymore. I did some research on the internet but didn`t find out what has happenened to the ship. Our taxi driver said it was abandoned years ago but was not specific on the details.

Re: Where is the "Santa Maria" - replica gone ?

by marielexoteria

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Re: Where is the "Santa Maria" - replica gone ?

by Belsaita

Hi. The one you saw was the second "replica", made in 1991 by a millionaire who sailed with it to Japan in 1992 (it looks it's now in Kobe)

The first one (the one most people may remember) was made for a film (basically Franco's regime propaganda), then used for a couple more films and left as touristy attraction. Due is origins it was seen as "symbol of Spanish Imperialism" and attacked with Molotov cocktails by Catalan independentist group "Terra Lluire" at the beginning of 1990. It was decided not to restore it, as its artistic/historic value was zero, and it was to expensive to repair so I guess it was just dismantled.

Re: Where is the "Santa Maria" - replica gone ?

by MichaelFalk1969

Thanks Isa, that has answered my question.

Re: Where is the "Santa Maria" - replica gone ?

by marielexoteria

Too bad they decided not to restore the replica, it would've been something for the 500 years of discovering the new world.

Re: Where is the "Santa Maria" - replica gone ?

by MichaelFalk1969

I agree, even our taxi driver was quite sad that the ship has vanished, which he had often visited as a little boy.

And it would be just fitting to have a replica of the St. Maria in a city with a long maritime tradition like Barcelona.

Re: Where is the "Santa Maria" - replica gone ?

by Belsaita

Sorry I don't agree, it was not a replica, it was a bad imitation of an old vessel with little resemblance to the authentic "Santa Maria" (that was a "nao", not a "carabela" or a galleon) so it really made littel sense to invest any money repairing it. It was just OK for children to play, nothing else (and misleading info for the many people who thought it was a "real replica")

BTW, for those interested, there are very interesting (and well made) replicas of old vessels in the Museu Maritim.

Re: Where is the "Santa Maria" - replica gone ?

by Belsaita

Forgot to say the Museum Maritim has a "live" extension, the schooner "Santa Eulàlia" that can be visited (when not sailing as "ambassador" of the Museum)

Re: Where is the "Santa Maria" - replica gone ?

by MichaelFalk1969

Thanks for the information. I agree the Maritime Museum is excellent; great location, great collection. This time, I didn´t have the time for a visit but next time I won`t skip it.

Re: Where is the "Santa Maria" - replica gone ?

by marielexoteria

Ah then it didn't make sense to repair it.

Re: Where is the "Santa Maria" - replica gone ?

by sirgaw

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Re: Where is the "Santa Maria" - replica gone ?

by Doffcocker

I remember seeing replicas of the Santa Maria, Nina and Pinta at Expo 92 in Sevilla, I wonder what happened to them?

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Everything you need

by PierreZA about El Corte Ingles

What a huge department store.
I actually like this one-stop shopping store. It sells everything from a garden rake to Kobe beef (180 Euro/kg).
The supermarket is on the lower level, and is a very nice store to get most things you might need.

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Address: Via Augusta 167, Zona Alta, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08021, Spain