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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…

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…

A portrait of Barcelona’s fishing community

26 May, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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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
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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…

A thousand years of Barcelona history around the Rec Comtal

27 December, 2016 | Barcelona People, News, Unknown City
01-Criatures al rec-Fons -Mª ROSA MARTINEZ GOMEZ REC MADRIGUERA any 1952

Water channels have shaped the history of many towns and cities. Many of them have grown around a river. There is a thousand-year-old infrastructure in Barcelona which has shaped part of the history of urban development in the city. The Rec Comtal is an irrigation channel which collects water from the Besòs river basin in the municipality of Montcada i Reixac and passes through various neighbourhoods in the current districts … Read more…