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The Francoist purge of Barcelona’s municipal civil servants

13 April, 2018 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council
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After the civil war finished in 1939, the new Francoist authorities carried out a thorough and far-reaching shakedown of civil servants and others who had worked for the administration, in order to assume complete control. Not only did they weed out anyone who would have identified with the republican flag, but also anyone offering any degree of opposition, whether through action or omission, to the uprisings of 18 July 1936. … Read more…

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…