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Discover Barcelona by Cristina Nuta -

Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, situated in the southern coast of the peninsula, being a progressive, industrial, bourgeois and European city, but also traditional, popular, Mediterranean and of nice climate. Barcelona is the historical capital of the Catalan area and the second Spanish city after Madrid. Its seaport is one of the most important of the Mediterranean.

The city is situated in a plain area which descends in a fine slope towards the sea. Its political and urban centre can be found in the market of Saint Jaume, where one can see the Palace of the Mayoralty.

One of Barcelona's most antique and well-known nucleuses is the Gothic District, named like that because of the several buildings made in this style, among which we can m ention the Cathedral. The faižade of this temple dates from the last decade of the XIX century, but on its extremities we can find the medieval palaces and other old monuments. In the gothic district each house, each market or palace represents a monument and is for Barcelona, the modern city nowadays, what Greece and Rome are for Europe: its cradle and its place of reference.

Another interesting place in the Catalonian capital is La Rambla, a place for walking of almost two kilometers between the market of the Catalan city and the seaport. La Rambla is a constant show: beyond its oriental banan trees, full of travelling birds, tourists rest and walk at each hour, admiring the flowers of the florists and the birds of the little strolling market, drinking cooling drinks on the terraces of the bars.

The High-school, EL Liceo, the opera of Barcelona, is a huge theatre, very luxurious, belonging to the anterior century, where not only the works of Verdi, Wagner or Mozart have been presented, but also concerts, ballets and theatrical shows, and where traditionally great carnival parties have been celebrated.

Among the works of the genius modernist architect Antonio Gaudi, who left in Barcelona great part of the evidence of his exceptional talent, we can mention: The Cathedral of the Saint Family (La Catedral de la Sagrada Familia), unfinished, the Guell Park or the Mila House.

All in all, the capital of the Catalan area is a place worth visiting, because it is a place which combines both the medieval styles and the modern ones, offering interesting sights to the visitor's eye.
Discover Barcelona written by Cristina Nuta for FamousWhy.com
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Tags: discover, barcelona, spain, travel, historical capital, seaport, city



Category: Travel  - ( Travel Archive)

Date Added: 28 June '07


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