The monumental Barcelona post office is likely overshadowed by the amazing architecture all around, yet it is worth stopping for and admiring. I happened to enter the building with the intention of purchasing stamps for postcards I was sending, but found a beautifully decorated interior (see the attached photo). The edifice was constructed in 1927 in a Baroque style and is located at the lower end of Via Laietana.
Capella Reial de Santa Àgata is a beautiful Gothic chapel in the Barri Gòtic. Work on the chapel began in 1302 and continued for a couple of centuries. It was constructed over the Roman wall and is attached to the Palau Reial, the royal palace. The edifice is no longer used as a church, but the interior - accessible through the Museu d'Història de la Ciutat - contains an impressive 15th century altar.
The seat of the Catalan government today, el Palau de la Generalitat, was constructed in the 15th century and expanded over the centuries. It is located on Plaça de Sant Jaume in the centre of Barri Gòtic, where a Roman theatre once existed. The oldest part of the building, built in Gothic style on the side street, incorporates an older 13th century wall, but the main Italianate façade overlooking the square was completed in the 16th century. The stunning neo-Gothic bridge in the alley next to the edifice is in fact an early 20th century addition, attached to the original 15th century Gothic building. Visits to the Palau are permitted.
Large sections of the Roman fortified walls that once surrounded the Roman city of Barcino remain to this day. These walls have been incorporated in buildings constructed well after Roman times. Best locations to see remnants of this wall are Casa de l'Ardiaca at Plaça Nova, Carrer del Sots-Tinent Navarro, and Plaça de Berenger Gran at Via Laietana.
Located just outside the original walls of Roman Barcino are the remains of a necropolis dating from Roman times. The necropolis is located on Plaça de la Vila de Madrid in Barri Gòtic and the tombs are exposed for viewing. While the tombs themselves are nothing impressive, they do help to put things into perspective, especially the size and limits of the city 2000 years ago.
El Barri Gotico used to be the centre of Barcelona, where you can find many of the Government buildings. Most of the streets are quite narrow with many interesting bars and shops. It is well worth a visit and I had wished that I had had more time to explore this beautiful part of Barcelona. Have a look at the photos I have attached.
This is one of my favourite parts of Barcelona and is of of the main things Barcelona is all about. The streets are old, and the houses are pretty ,and well, Gothic I suppose!
What you can see in the photo is the 'bridge' Carrer de Bisbe on Calle Bisbe which near San Jaume. It is probably the most photographed street in the barri Gotic and the are always street musicians surrounding it. I don't mean any old busker, but classy street musicians playing expensive musical instruments. Maybe they are students, otherwise they don't look short of a few bob. In any case they don't bother you and instead add to the mysterious and enchanting feel of the gothic streets.
The Barri Gòtic is the centre of Barcelona, where the city originated, and where the main public buildings are located: the Palau de la Generalitat, the Town Hall, the Cathedral, the Palau Reial. Also full of small shops, granjas, restaurants, bars, small plazas, etc.
Barcelona originated in Roman times and, despite its transformation in the Middle Ages, there are still traces of its origins.
The Cardus, an ancient Roman road which went from east to west of the city, coincided with the route of Calle Del Bisbe and the north-south axis, the Decumanus, is now covered by Carrer de la Llibreteria and Carrer del Call.
The Roman walls, a short stretch of which can still be seen today, formed an irregular square, and can be reconstructed thanks to the remains of its outer walks:
- Tapineria and Sots-Tinent Navarro to the north;
- Avinguda de la Catedral and Plaça Nova to the west;
- and Carrer de la Palla to the south.
In the higher area of Mons Táber, a hill where the ancient Roman city originated, behind the current Plaça de Sant Jaume, was the forum, with the administrative buildings of the city.
Subsequently Counts, Kings of Aragón and ecclesiastical bodies adorned the neighbourhood over the following centuries with numerous monuments, some of which we will now discover.
I prefer that any who want try to discover where it is ...it worth while to try to find out where is located..cos its one of the best places in gothic quarter.... just a clue..its closer to Portaferrissa street one of the most strolled streets in gothic quarter
The church is really beautifull indoors and outdoors....there are some terraces or just street steps to rest for a while beneath its shadow but so blood y expensive !! try to look for it !!
Unfortunately the original categorization of attractions didn't leave room for an "other neighbourhoods" section, so I have squeeze this one into its south-western neighbour. Sant Pere is the not so glamourous area that is wedged between the Borne to the south and the Dreta de l'Eixample to the north. Its a place that has a large immigrant (mainly Morrocan, but also some South Asians) population, but its now accomodating an overflow of people from the Raval who want to have fixer-upper places in one of the less expensive segments of the city. In between the neglected buildings there are some stylish renos and quite a few good, niche restaurants. I liked Sant Pere a lot because its a neighbourhood with character. You can wander the streets here and never feel like you're in a touristy or kitschy area. The neighbourhood goes from rundown and dilapidated flop houses in the east all the way to breathtaking Palau de la Musica Catalana in the northwest, and it contains some very interesting buildings in between. If you want to see how Barcelonins used to live (and, for some, still do) before the advent of mass tourism and the economic miracle, Sant Pere is a great way to do it.
This is a great place to escape the heat (since the narrow streets are provided w/ shade by the tall buildings) and just wander and look at the quaint and sometimes shady looking shops.
My apartment rental for my week in Barcelona was right next to the Bari Gottico so I had a lot of time to get to know my surroundings. It's a good location for first timers to Barcelona though at night it seems somewhat shady. Overall, I felt pretty safe though even when I was there for a few nights by myself.
This is the area chosen by the Romans during the time of Augustus to found the city. It also housed the old royal palace, where Columbus was received by Ferdinand and Isabelle. The inquisition also took place in this area. It is a great area to just wander around and enjoy the architecture.
Best place for a walk is the Gothic Quarter of Barcalona, close to the Ramblas.
Here you will find narrow streets, small shops, small bars and great old atmosphere...
I really enjoyed walking here because it brings you in an other dimension of an early century.
Its a must see, so just take a walk trough it.....
Things to see are an Gothic Cathedral, Museums.
There is a walking tour wich departs from the Place de Catalunya tourist information office ( we didn't took a tour)
This is one of the few romanic monuments in Barcelona. It was built in 1166 by Bernat Marcús and soon became the see of the Verge de la Guia (Madonna of Guide). Carriages which came in and out of the city stopped here to ask the Madonna for protection.
A little chapel from 1257 dedicated to saint Lucia . This is one of the few romanic buildings that you can find inside the ancient walls of the city. The capitals are sculpted with some scenes of the Holy Bible. Usually this chapel is closed but it’s nice to stop and admire its façade :-)