Masonic Barcelona

Many important figures in the history of Barcelona are known to have been Freemasons. These include Ildefons Cerdà, who designed the 19th-century extension of Barcelona called the Eixample and Lluís Companys who was President of Catalonia during the Civil War. During the years of Franco, Freemasons were persecuted and the dictator ordered that masonic symbols on buildings be destroyed. … Read more

The Ritual Stone of Collserola

According to scholars, the stone pictured above is a megalithic monument that was used in rituals some 4,000 years ago. It is hidden in the forest of Collserola, not far from Tibidabo. The stone measures one and a half meters long by almost one meter wide and has 12 mysterious petroglyphs (man made cavities), some … Read more

Turó de la Rovira and Bunkers del Carmel

An Ancient Settlement In the 4th centrury BC, Turó de la Rovira (Rovira Hill) was occupied by the Laietani, an ancient Iberian tribe. Further north, the Laietani also occupied another hill peak at Puig Castellar, where remains of the settlement can still be seen. Historians believe that the settlements were abandoned because of the Second Punic War, fought between … Read more

12 Barcelona Facts

32 million tourists came to Barcelona in 2016. Barcelona has a population of 1.6 million. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. The word Barcelona is searched for 9.1 million times per month. Barcelona has 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven of them created by Antoni Gaudí and two by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Pablo Picasso spent … Read more

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 … Read more

Pavellons de la Finca Güell

The Porta del Drac (Dragon’s Gate) used to be the private entrance for the Güell family. [dropcap]I[/dropcap]ndustrialist 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. … Read more