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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 | Post a comment
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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 | Post a comment
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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…

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

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

The legacy of a woman silenced, Sister Eulària Anzizu

15 February, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City | Post a comment
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Throughout history there have been characters who have been transcendental for certain themes, but who for one reason or another have ended up practically unknown to a large part of society. Among women the situation is even more common. One such case is that of a religious Catalan woman who lived from the end of the 19th century to the early 20th century and who despite having a street named … Read more…

A colonial metropolis called Barcelona

28 September, 2016 | Barcelona People, Unknown City, Your City Council | Post a comment
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In the autumn of 1966 a baby gorilla arrived in Barcelona which had been captured a few weeks before in Guinea, a Spanish colony at the time. The gorilla was named Copito de Nieve (Snowflake), a name which was changed into Catalan with the arrival of democracy and so from the end of the 1970s the creature became known as Floquet de Neu. The albino gorilla became an icon for … Read more…