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 an important part of his youth in Barcelona.
  • The museum of FC Barcelona is the most visited of all museums in Barcelona.
  • La Sagrada Família will take longer to build than the pyramids of Egypt.
  • French engineer Gustave Eiffel originally intended his tower to be built in Barcelona.
  • Barcelona is Europe’s largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast.
  • Barcelona is the first and only city to receive a royal gold medal (from the Royal Institute of British Architects) for architecture in 1999.
  • Camp Nou is the largest football stadium in Europe with a capacity to hold 99,354 fans.
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