Barcelona People

Three days of air raids over Barcelona

7 March, 2018 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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At eight minutes past ten on the night of 16 March 1938 the city’s air raid sirens went off, signalling the start of a nightmare which would not let up until over 41 hours later. In that time Barcelona suffered as many as 14 air raids by the Italian air force based in Majorca. Chaos and terror reigned in the city and by the end of the three days over … Read more…

A route around the vestiges of Barcelona’s history

15 February, 2018 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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What exactly is the graó barceloní? Any megaliths in Barcelona? Any dolmens or menhirs? Anything left of the Rec Comtal waterway, apart from the street name? Any medieval bridges left? Where do some street names come from, like Creu Coberta? What were the barraques in Av. Paral·lel? What went on there? Why do the Sant Pau, Sant Antoni, Universitat and Sant Pere ring roads surround Ciutat Vella? Where were the … Read more…

Women’s lives in the 16th and 17th centuries as seen through furniture at the Monastery of Pedralbes

18 December, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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These days seats are something for taking the weight off our feet and we expect them to offer a certain degree of comfort. That hasn’t always been the case though. In fact, the concept of sitting as a means of giving the body a rest didn’t become commonplace until the 18th century. Before that, in the 16th and 17th centuries, the act of sitting was a way of expressing status. … Read more…

Catholics and Protestants in Europe and Barcelona between the 16th and 18th centuries

2 November, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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In February 1564, Barcelona was visited by King Felipe II. The monarch was received at the Sant Antoni gate with a representation during which Santa Eulàlia gave him the keys to the city. On the same visit, L’assalt al castell dels luterans, a show in Plaça del Rei re-enacting an assault on a Lutheran castle, with Catholic soldiers laying siege to the heretic stronghold. Before leaving, the King attended an … Read more…

The Contemporary Municipal Archive turns a hundred

14 September, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council
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While it can be said that the origin of Barcelona’s municipal archives date back to when the municipal government was set up in the 8th century, two centres which form part of the archives are celebrating their centenary this year: the History Archive of the City of Barcelona and the Contemporary Municipal Archive. They were both set up in 1917 when the city’s archives were re-organised under the management of … Read more…