Porta de Santa Madrona

The Santa Madrona Gate opens just for you

You will be able to cross through Barcelona's original medieval wall and visit the Baluard Gardens, one of the city's best kept secrets.

Barcelona has a wealth of different patrons, virgins and saints, and one of the most important is Santa Madrona, who has been linked to the city since the 10th century. Legend says that a group of French sailors were carrying the immaculate body of the saint on their boat when a storm surprised them on the high seas, luckily they found refuge in Barcelona where monks helped them to preserve the remains of the virgin. But when they wanted to set sail again it proved impossible, so Santa Madrona stayed in Barcelona and became one of the symbols of the medieval city, so much so that one of the gates giving access to the city from the port bears her name, and is the only one that remains from medieval times. The Gate of Santa Madrona, which is next to the southern access of the Maritime Museum, is normally closed, but at various times of the year it is opened to provide access to the Baluard Gardens, a little known spot that is well worth a visit.

The gate will be open every Sunday from 19 November to 17 December from 11am to 2pm and access is free.

Additional information is available at the following link.

Publication date: Friday, 17 November 2017
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