A medieval country house which has become a music school

21 July, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City | Post a comment
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On the way up Passeig de Maragall, in the direction of Horta, just before C/ Lisboa there is an imposing country house surrounded by a large garden and a fence consisting of tall cypress bushes and trees. It’s Can Fargues, the property around which the neighbourhood grew and which gave it its name. The building is now the home of the Horta-Guinardó music school. The origins of the masia of … Read more…

Memories of El Born, the first covered market in the city

15 June, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City | Post a comment

These days the market of El Born is best-known because of the remains from 1714, because of culture and the recovery of historical memory, but the site has a long history which is closely tied to providing for the city. For centuries, the site which is now the Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria was where groceries and provisions were sold and in the Middle Ages a market was held … Read more…

Corpus Christi Barcelona-style

13 June, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City | Post a comment
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The Feast of Corpus Christi, which takes place this Thursday, 15 June, is a festival that would almost have passed unnoticed these days were it not for the decorations and dancing eggs adorning the city centre’s fountains. For centuries it was one of the most important festivals and Barcelona was one of the places where it was particularly important. Besides l’ou com balla – the dancing egg – the festival … Read more…

A portrait of Barcelona’s fishing community

26 May, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City | Post a comment

Barcelona is a coastal city. It has beaches, a large industrial port and a recreational one too, but for many years the city was said to live with its back to the sea. The overland railway and the industrial and commercial activity in the area at Moll de la Fusta formed a barrier which was hardly permeable. That changed with the urban redevelopment ahead of the Olympic Games in 1992, … Read more…

Noucentisme in Barcelona

19 April, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City | Post a comment
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In the early 20th century an important political, social and cultural movement termed noucentisme was formed, gaining momentum at the end of another important movement: modernisme. From the 1960s onwards, modernisme gained more ground and became valued once again, largely due to the architectural work of figures such as Gaudí, Domènech i Muntaner and Puig i Cadafalch. Noucentisme, on the other hand, has still not achieved such popularity. A new … Read more…