What to see in the barrios of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and Ribera in the old town of Barcelona

The old town Ciutat Vella, is the historic center of Barcelona, ​​the historic core of the Catalan capital, has grown up from its port, and then climbed on the hills in front. Today the city has grown since it was released from its ancient boundaries and the Ciutat Vella is one of the 10 districts of the modern city, certainly the most well-known by tourists.

Barcelona

Barcelona

But the historic center, with its long track record of history, architecture, landscapes and lifestyles it is known as a homogenous district. In the citadel, in fact, we can distinguish four quarters, the historical, the barrios of Ciutat Vella, or La Barceloneta, El Gotic, El Raval, and that of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera. If you want to enjoy the city of Barcelona, a weekend will not be enough, for that reason you should opt to find a vacation apartment in Barcelona in order to go around the city without checking the days of the calendar.

Like in a game of Chinese boxes, looking good at the barrio of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera”, we realize that this is also not homogeneous than is in fact the origin of the first two barrios linked to the tradition of the textile city, while the Ribeira, which overlooks the sea, was a marinaie port area. Inevitably this is reflected in the buildings, streets and squares in the district.

Perhaps if you are not a tourist, this area of ​​the old city, has many points of interest, which can “apply” to your visiting walk:

Palace of Music

The Palau de la Musica Catalana, immediately after its construction, 1908, has been recognized as one of the landmark buildings in Barcelona, ​​although the non-demolition of adjacent buildings has a limited perspective.

Palace of Music

Palace of Music

Sant Pere de les Puel

Sant Pere de les Puel, San Pedro de las Puellas in Spanish (which if I remember correctly translates into St. Peter’s children), is the Catalan name of the ancient Benedictine monastery, which gave its name to the whole barrio. Built on top of a Roman temple dedicated to San Saturnino it has been rebuilt several times, but it keeps the whole system where there are the beautiful medieval Gothic stained glass windows.

Sant Pere de les Puel

Sant Pere de les Puel

Santa Caterina Market

Gaudi died (in 1926) but in this city Gaudi is alive, even today when you create a new market, the architects who designed the Santa Caterina market, are carried away by the imagination of the genius personality that has given so much to Barcelona.

Santa Caterina Market

Santa Caterina Market

Llotja de mar

Llotja de Barcelona, ​​better known as La Llotja de Mar, was born as the meeting room of the merchants of Barcelona, ​​a sort of Confindustria age, able to influence (if not direct) the history of the city. The external appearance is the result of a neoclassical restructuring of the eighteenth century, but is still within the great hall of bargaining (the clear gothic structure).

Llotja de mar

Llotja de mar

Santa Maria del Mar

Before I saw it, I imagined reading the story of Arnau, born serf and became Consul of the Sea (The Cathedral of the Sea). Santa Maria del Mar, the church of the sailors, literally because it was built by them, is one of the best examples of the Catalan Gothic.

Santa Maria del Mar

Santa Maria del Mar

Fossar de les Moreres

This small square, the Fossar de les Moreres, located just behind the Basilica of Santa Maria de Mar, is a memorial built over the cemetery, where there are the remains of the irredentist Catalans, who died in the war in Barcelona in 1714. For them burns the flame of the torch, which extends towards the church.

Fossar de les Moreres

Fossar de les Moreres

Born market

The Born market is one of the largest covered markets in Europe, one of the best examples of the modernist architecture in Barcelona, ​​and the largest building in the city constructed of cast iron. It was subject to restructuring since 2002 as a result of the discovery of medieval ruins and will be transformed into a cultural center (opening scheduled for September the 11th , 2013).

Born market

Born market

Palace of the Parliament of Catalonia

The Palau del Parlament de Catalunya, which is located in the Ciutadella Park is home to the parliament of the autonomous region of Catalonia. Built as a military building, housed the arsenal of the city which was converted to its present function since 1932.

Palace of the Parliament of Catalonia

Palace of the Parliament of Catalonia

Parc de la Ciutadella

The Park of the Citadel, for a long time was the only public park in Barcelona, ​​and even today, despite the city offering several green spaces it is one of Barcelona’s most beloved parks. Built in the image of the Luxembourg Gardens it houses inside the Parliament of Catalonia and the Barcelona Zoo (kids will love the statue of Mamut).

Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella

Carrer de Montcada

Carrer de Montcada takes its name from Catalan noble family, who had it built, providing communication from the ancient barrio de La Boria with that of Ribera. For a long time parlor of the bourgeoisie, went decaying since the eighteenth century. There you can find the Picasso Museum.

Carrer de Montcada

Carrer de Montcada

Photo: ferran pestaña Josep Renalias Carquinyol Sanbec Baldiri Josep Renalias böhringer friedrich ferran pestaña Enfo Townie Kippelboy

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