A history lover and an expert archivist are the two characters who offer a theatrical and poetical take on the life and times during the War of Succession
On Saturday evenings at 6 pm, the eternal flame of the Plaça Fossar de los Moreres will serve as a meeting point for a historical and theatrical tour of Barcelona as it stood immediately prior to the events of the 11th of September, 1714. The itinerary entitled 1714. Morir per seguir vius (literally: die to keep alive) consists of a two-person guided tour of the streets of the Born quarter of Barcelona, the site of the events of 1714.
One of the tour (in Catalan) guides is Jordi, a history student with a burning desire to write. A graduate trainee in the museum where the visitors have congregated, he has been given the task of providing all the details of the siege of 1714. Jordi is, however, a confessed admirer of anonymous heroes and everyday power struggles, and tends to get carried away when explaining history’s more sordid details with all the flair and imagination of the era.
Thanks to the intervention of our other tour guide, Victoria, a dedicated archivist of Catalonia’s cultural renaissance, the tour also includes technical explanations of the events of the fateful morning of September the 11th and documented descriptions of the defence of Barcelona during the siege with the streets of the Born district as a backdrop.
Organised by Icono Serveis Culturals, the tour lasts approximately two hours and finishes up in the Plaça Sant Pere de les Puel·les.
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