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Temple of Augustus Columns

Roman Barcelona

Barcelona traces its origins over 2,000 years ago to the Roman colony called Barcino. It was founded by Emperor Augustus during the period of 15-10 BC, and the full Latin name of the colony was Iulia Augusta Faventia Paterna Barcino. Many remains of Barcino still exist in various locations of Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella (old town). The […]

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L'Ou com Balla 2016 3

L’Ou com Balla 2016

The Ou com Balla (dancing egg) tradition dates back to the 17th century, originating in the Barcelona Cathedral. The tradition takes place on the day of the Feast of Corpus Christi, 60 days after Easter. In addition to the cloister of the Barcelona Cathedral the tradition is celebrated in a number of other locations in […]

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Güell Pavilions

Pavellons de la Finca Güell

The Porta del Drac (Dragon’s Gate) used to be the private entrance for the Güell family. Industrialist Eusebi Güell owned an estate in the Les Corts district with a Caribbean-style mansion called Torre Satalia, which is situated roughly where the Palau Reial de Pedralbes now stands. Güell contracted Antoni Gaudí to remodel the entrance lodges and gardens for the estate. […]

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Plaça Reial

Plaça Reial

Plaça Reial (Royal Square), honoring King Ferdinand VII, is situated in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, next to La Rambla. It was completed in 1848 and was formerly the site of a convent. Confiscated in 1835, the convent was one of several destroyed along La Rambla as a result of laws that forced the Church […]

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