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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…

A thousand years of Barcelona history around the Rec Comtal

27 December, 2016 | Barcelona People, News, Unknown City | Post a comment
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…

Icons of Hermes, the legendary founder of Barcelona

14 April, 2016 | Barcelona People, Unknown City | Post a comment

Barcelona started life towards the final decade of the 1st century BC as the Iulia Augusta Faventia Paterna Barcino colony, founded by the Roman Emperor Augustus. This is the most widely recognised version of the history of the city’s origins, but all towns and cities have legends relating to how they were founded and Barcelona is no exception. There are actually several, and one of them even featured in the … Read more…

From 13 September 1714 to the start of the 20th century

1 December, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City | Post a comment
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Today’s Barcelona is the result of over two thousand years of history, from the founding of the Iulia Augusta Paterna Faventia Barcino colony through to the present day. Each chapter in history over these twenty centuries has seen events which have shaped the course of the city on an urban, social and cultural level. Two books trace the history of the 18th and 19th centuries, from the defeat in 1714 … Read more…