Barri Gòtic, Barcelona

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    ciutad vella/ barri gòtico area

    by call_me_rhia Written Nov 2, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This is where the old city once stood, and in part still stands. The city walls have been demolished but not the old charm. Its lanes are quaint and narrow, and at everycorner you can expect to find a pleasant surprise

    Fondest memory: it's the area where you can find most of the old buildings: the cathedral and the palau reial maior, plaça del rei, and many interesting museums like the museu frederic marés, the museu de la historia de la ciudad and the museupicasso

    a tiny lane in the barri g��tic

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    great beaches.. and you can also do "topless"

    by Saldi Written Oct 2, 2002

    Favorite thing: My favourite place in Barcelona are the Ramblas and the Gothic quartier... it's full of life!... and you can make some shopping there, and also watch some artistics performances in the street..

    Fondest memory: ooohh...when I was in the Gothic quartier with my friend, and in a pub we met some guys from England... very nice and talkative.... well, we didin't notice tha theese guys are a roeck group very poplar in the UK named GOMEZ... they invite us to their concert (in front of the stage) and also to the backstage to talk with them after the concert....ahhh... The gothic quartier... everything could happen there!

    The Rambla

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    Barcelona is a city with...

    by Humberto_san Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Barcelona is a city with charming streets, busy with people and full of life. There is nowhere better to make Barcelona's acquaintance than La Rambla, the bustling avenue, famous for the vivid colours of its flower stalls.
    Barcelona is the city of marvels. The old town, comprising the Gothic Quarter, the Ribera and Raval districts, and famed for its historical monuments, narrow streets and bohemian atmosphere, is a perfect place for a stroll. A wander through the maze of streets is essential in order to understand the different periods in the history of Barcelona and to admire its finest monuments: traces of the Roman wall glimpsed between well-preserved Gothic buildings, the remains of the Jewish Quarter, witnesses to the industrial expansion of the 19th century and the design of the 20th. Musicians in the medieval streets provide the ideal accompaniment.
    The city also has the biggest selection of modernist architecture: a genuine open-air museum. Most of the buildings, built in this unique style, are in the Eixample, a district planned in 1860 by the engineer Ildefons Cerdà which constitutes a unique model of European urban planning. The Sagrada Família, the Casa Batlló, the Casa Amatller and the Casa Milà are some examples of this.
    Barcelona is the only European capital with over four kilometres of beaches where you can enjoy the most modern amenities, the beaches are not far form Barcelona's historical and cultural landmarks, and they have opened up our modern and cosmopolitan city to the sea.
    Today, the Olympic Harbour and the old port, the Port Vell, are some of the main meeting places, with many bars, restaurants, shops and recreational areas.
    Barcelona is, without a doubt, a city of marvels: on foot, by bicycle or bus, it is a magnificent spectacle which you should not miss.

    Fondest memory: If you estais in barcelona the obligatory excursions that to go they are the following ones:
    -Gran Teatre del Liceu.
    The Gran Teatre del Liceu returns in a venue rebuilt with great artistic and technological quality. It has a stage which makes it possible to present two or three works in repertory, it improves to the maximum the view of the stage from all seats, and also increases the overall acoustic level.
    -Catedral.
    Building work began at the end of the 13th century and ended six centuries later. The oldest part of the cathedral is the doorway of Sant Iu; the façade, which was completed in 1890.
    -La Rambla - Drassanes.
    La Rambla is a lively and entertaining spectacle, justly renowned throughout the world. It begins at the Pl. Catalunya and continues down towards the Mirador de Colón, Columbus Monument, in the harbour, past long-established shops, cafés, the Palau de la Virreina, the Boqueria (the best market in the city), the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Pl. Reial and the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica.
    -Colón.
    The Columbus Monument is located at the bottom of La Rambla, by the sea. This major landmark was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition and commemorates the discovery of America.
    -Montjuïc.
    Montjuïc was claimed by the city on the occasion of the 1929 International Exposition, when the mountain was developed and trade fair halls and sports installations were constructed as well as the parks and gardens which are to be found all over the mountain. Today it is the most important recreational area in Barcelona.
    -Parc de la Ciutadella
    On the edge of the Ribera district is the Parc de la Ciutadella, built on the site of the old military fortification from which it gets its name. Some of the old buildings from the fort are still in existence today, such as the chapel, the Governor's Palace and the arsenal, today seat of the Parliament of Catalonia, and the Museu d´Art Modern.
    -Casas Lleó-Morera, Amatller y Batlló
    LLeó-Morera (1902-1906)
    Lluís Domènech i Montaner, architect.
    Amatller (1898-1900)
    Josep Puig i Cadafalch, architect
    Batlló (1904-1906)
    Antoni Gaudí, architect.
    -Sagrada Familia
    The Sagrada Família temple is Gaudí’s most emblematic work, the greatest exponent of his genius, and a symbol of Barcelona all over the world.
    -Park Güell.
    This is the work of the greatest scope in terms of size which Gaudí realized in Barcelona. It covers an area of 20 hectares, and the initial aim was to make it a garden-city in the English style (the reason why it was called a park).
    -Tibidabo.
    Tibidabo is the highest point of the Serra de Collserola hills, an extensive woodland area that has been converted into a metropolitan park 500 metres above sea level. There is an excellent panoramic view of the city from the top.

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    If going out for dinner to a...

    by marktynernyc Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: If going out for dinner to a nice restaurant - make sure you have reservations. Many of the nice / expensive restaurants may have only 1 or 2 seatings for the evening. If you walk in, see empty tables and think you'll be seated, there's a good chance you won't - I speak from experience. I would also suggest reservations for lunch at the nicer restaurants. Barcelona has incredible food.

    Fondest memory: I got up early the morning I was leaving Barcelona and walked around the Barri Gothic district. It was blissfully empty except for a few Spanish guitar players setting up and practicing. Walking the narrow streets while Spanish guitar music filled the air was magical.

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    learn a bit of history...

    by Tolik Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: learn a bit of history first…Pre-Roman coins found in the area of Barcelona suggest that the Celt-Iberian Laietani tribe may have settled here, but without any recognisable urban center. Around 230 BC the Carthaginian conqueror Hamiclar Barca, father of Gannibal, established a settlement here giving the city own name. Archeologists believe that this town have been built on the hill of Montjuic. The Romans arrived in Spain in 218BC. The heart of the Roman settlement lays within Barri Gothic. Remains of city walls, temple pillars and graves all attest to what would eventually a busy and lovely town. Barcino, as the Romans called it, was not a major center. Tarraco (modern Tarragona) was considerably more important. It became a capital of the Roman province of Hispania Citerior. From the 4th century AD onwards several waves of invaders flooded across the country. The Visigots arrived in 415 and under their leader Athaulf made a temporary capital in Barcelona. Nevertheless, Toledo became the real powe center. After the death of the prophet Mohammed in 632, Muslims swept across Asia Minor and all of North Africa. In 711 they landed in Hispania. Muslims made their way through the country into France, where only brought to a halt in 732 by the Franks at Poitiers. Barcelona was taken by the Frankish rule Louis the Pious in 801. The history of real Barcelona begins at this point. The area was populated by the people who by then could be identified as 'Catalans”. Their language was closely related to the lange d’oc , the language of southern France. By the late 10th century the Casa de Barcelona ruled an independent principality covering most of modern Catalunya. This was the only Christian state on the Iberian Peninsula. In the 11th century Catalunya launched its own fleet and the sea trade developed. This was te era of great Catalan Romanesque art. Barcelona’s trading wealth paid for the great Gothic buildings. The cathedral, the Capella Reial de Santa Agata and the churches of Santa Maria del Pi and Santa Maria del Mar were built in the late 13th or early 14th century. But sea wars with Genoa, resistance in Sardinia and the loss of the gold trade all drained the coffers and eventually Catalunia became part of Castilian state. The Catholic Monarchs banned Catalans from trading directly with newly established American colonies. Everything had to go through Sevillia and Cadiz; Catalunia continued to sink. The big break came only in 1778 when the ban on American trade was lifted.

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    The Old Town or Ciudad Vieja

    by hamouras Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Old Town or Ciudad Vieja

    Fondest memory: It is where I used to live as a student. It is a very lively area. While walking in the streets and alleys of the old town you will find a lot of shops and cafes. The buildings are quite old but they make a really nice atmosphere.

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    Barcelona is a city with...

    by toltek Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Barcelona is a city with charming streets, busy with people and full of life. There is nowhere better to make Barcelona's acquaintance than La Rambla, the bustling avenue, famous for the vivid colours of its flower stalls.
    Barcelona is the city of marvels. The old town, comprising the Gothic Quarter, the Ribera and Raval districts, and famed for its historical monuments, narrow streets and bohemian atmosphere, is a perfect place for a stroll.
    The city also has the biggest selection of modernist architecture: a genuine open-air museum. Most of the buildings, built in this unique style, are in the Eixample, a district planned in 1860 by the engineer Ildefons Cerdà which constitutes a unique model of European urban planning. The Sagrada Família, the Casa Batlló, the Casa Amatller and the Casa Milà are some examples of this.
    Barcelona is the only European capital with over four kilometres of beaches where you can enjoy the most modern amenities, the beaches are not far form Barcelona's historical and cultural landmarks, and they have opened up our modern and cosmopolitan city to the sea.

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    Barcelona is a very old city....

    by minchanka Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Barcelona is a very old city. Its history lasts more than 4000 years. It’s a shame, but I had no idea about that. The appearance of Barcelona shows influence of different nations, which hosted here during the long city’s life. Romans, Franks, Arabs brought and left a part of their culture, but had never dominated over the Catalunian spirit. And Barcelona proves this.

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    Every Sunday morning in the...

    by naranja Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Every Sunday morning in the Plaça de la Catedral the Sardana is danced, national dance of Catalonia. It is a very complex dance. The concentration shows on the dancers faces; impossible to just jump in and join them!

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    The Gothic area

    by tompt Updated Nov 29, 2004

    Favorite thing: Stroll around the gothic area. Admire the buildings, make some pics and visit the cathedral. There are some nice small shops in this area too.

    Somewhere in the Gothic area, BCN

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    Old Barcelona’s charm

    by LanaFromRiga Written Oct 11, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Narrow streets and stones – it is the view of Old Barcelona. Labyrinths of small streets are so amazing and exciting.

    Fondest memory: How to feel the history – just walking in Old part of Barcelona.

    View of Old Barcelona
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    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

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    The Gothic Quarter

    by nicolettart Written Apr 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Oh, I really loved this part of town. You will, too, with all the old architecture, quaint shops, and local people.

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    Riding police in the old town

    by vec Written Jan 31, 2004

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    Favorite thing: In the old part of Barcelona two riding polices were on patrol. It though looked like they didn't have so much to do other than enjoying the sun on a beautiful spring morning.

    Riding police

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    Narrow streets

    by bzh Written Mar 6, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Barcelona is full of narrow streets where only pedestrians can go. Wander around them and you will find the real heart of the city.

    A narrow street with sculpted archways
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    Sardana

    by Cool-123 Written Jan 29, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Outside the Catedral which is near the Metro -Jaume I, there is a square. During the weekend, the people will have a tradional dance - Sardana. If you like, you can learn and try.

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