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  • Castellers

    Castellers

    One of Catalonia's most famous traditions is that of the "castells" (castles), which are human towers that are lifted by building different levels of people until reaching insane heights that can go up to ten stories. There is no mechanical help, and tens and even hundreds of people can take part in it. The "castellers" are the people who carry out this activity, which is over 200 years old.

    Acknowledged as Immaterial Cultural Heritage by Unesco, his origin is believed to be around the area of Tarragona, Catalonia's second most important province after Barcelona. During the 20th Century this practice spread all over Catalonia. The "castellers" are grouped in "colles" that normally take the name of its place of origin.

  • Barcelona 1700. From stones to people

    Barcelona 1700. From stones to people

    Under the structure of an emblematic market with iron casting architecture of the 19th century, the archaeological site of 1700 Barcelona is found, which is unique in Europe, along with the old market, the memory of the events of 1714 and exhibitions, all located at El Born Centre Cultural, a new and exceptional historic venue that links three centuries of history.

    Barcelona 1700. From stones to people:
    An exhibition to recall Barcelona society of the 18th century, that was a dynamic and modern society, but also marked by the wars suffered between 1691 and 1714.
    The exhibition includes around 1,800 objects that have provided valuable new information to portray everyday life and how the people of Barcelona lived three centuries ago. Linked to the permanent exhibition at the foot of the site, there will also be three exhibition areas displaying various objects. The most remarkable is the Sala de la Guerra (War Room), where a selection of over three hundred bombs are exhibited, of different sizes, types and materials which were discovered during the excavation.

    The exhibition is structured in three major areas: La Gran Casa (The Home), La Ciutat pròspera (The prosperous City), La vida quotidiana (Everyday life), La Ciutat atacada i mutilada (The attacked and mutilated City) and La Ciutat refeta (The rebuilt City).

  • Medieval dinner and show in Palau Requesens

    Medieval dinner and show in Palau Requesens

    Join our historians for a tour of Palau Requesens (13th C.), who will explain the fascinating life of Isabel de Requesens, the Vice-Reine of Naples, and everything they know about the Palace. For the first time the watchtower and the terrace will be open to visitors, with views over the whole Gothic Quarter.

    The evening begins in the Palace courtyard with a welcome glass of cava followed by a guided tour of the building,

    A dinner of medieval inspiration, served in the Tinellet room to the sounds of soft medieval music, will make you feel like an honored guest of the Vice-Reine.

    After dinner, the show recreates the kind of medieval entertainment that Isabel de Requesens might have offered to her most illustrious guests.

    An unmissable experience!

  • Casa Terradas - Casa de les Punxes

    Casa Terradas - Casa de les Punxes

    Discover this unique house, its designer and the legend that brings them together.

    A "large Gothic castle" standing in the middle of Barcelona's Avinguda Diagonal catches the eye of any visitor to the city. The "Casa de les Punxes" (House of Spikes) is really a residential block built in the shape of medieval castle which is one of the most recognisable modernista landmarks on the Barcelona skyline.

    A unique opportunity to delve into a fantastical world of knights, princesses and dragons. You'll also be able to visit the rooftop and enjoy amazing views of the city!.

  • Visits to rehearsals of

    Visits to rehearsals of "Castelles"

    Seeing them rehearse and, most of all, joining in, is a thrilling experience! The human towers – castells – are one of the most authentic and unique cultural manifestations in Europe and consist of the building of human towers up to nine and ten tiers high.

    Castells have been awarded World Heritage status by Unesco and are part of Catalan cultural identity while conveying values of social cohesion, solidarity and personal betterment.

    Do you want to find out about these everyday people who are able to do extraordinary things? Do you want to find out first hand what it means to be a casteller?. You'll be able to see a rehearsal and find out about the world of castellers accompanied by a member of the team. If you wish, you will also be able to join the pinya (base tier) of a tower.

  • Casa Vicens

    Casa Vicens

    Now you have the chance to visit this architectural gem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been restored this year.

    The Casa Vicens was the first house designed by Antoni Gaudí and the building that marked the beginning of his career.

    Gaudí had actually received the commission from Manuel Vicens i Montaner, a brick and tile factory owner, some years earlier; Vicens had inherited the land, which at the time stood in the independent village of Gràcia, and wanted to build a summer house there. In its design, the recently graduated Gaudí makes extensive use of colour and tiles, with Arabic, oriental and neoclassical influences. The beginnings of his singular style and inventiveness are clearly on show.

  • Carme Garcia. Des del terrat

    Carme Garcia. Des del terrat

    The photography career of Carme Garcia Padrosa (Barcelona 1915-2015) started in 1935 and continued until 1987. With her interest in seeking innovative, modern ways of photography, she converted the roof terrace of her home into a lookout and photographic studio. From there, she captured both indoor and outdoor shots, to then go down to the streets of the city.

    The Arxiu Fotogràfic of Barcelona was donated the photographic collection of Carme Garcia (9,093 photographs).

  • El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria

    El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria

    Under the structure of an emblematic market with iron casting architecture of the 19th century, the archaeological site of 1700 Barcelona is found, which is unique in Europe, along with the old market, the memory of the events of 1714 and exhibitions, all located at El Born Centre Cultural, a new and exceptional historic venue that links three centuries of history.

    Epic, exciting, thought-provoking, memorable, unique, open, inclusive, dynamic, integrated, popular and creative – these are just some of the adjectives that define the experience of entering El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria, whether it be simply passing through on your way somewhere else or staying for a longer visit.

  • Passion for Pharaonic Egypt. 200 years of of collecting

    Passion for Pharaonic Egypt. 200 years of of collecting

    A new temporary exhibition of the Egyptian Museum, which wants to make a tribute to collectors, who were the previous owners of the Museum collection: a total of 105 original pieces.

    Through these pieces, we can discover the history of the people, who acquired them. People, who are unknown to the public and others who are well-known in the media, such as Rodolfo Valentino, Terenci Moix, Lord Carnarvon or the family of Winston Churchill, were linked in some way to the pieces exhibited. Some pieces are from iconic Egyptological institutions, such as the Pitt Rivers Museum ofOxford University or the Boston Museum of Fine Arts , along with other eccentric characters of the start of the 19th century, who will fascinate us with their extravagant public personality.

  • A childhood under bombardment

    A childhood under bombardment

    "A childhood under bombardment" provides a closer understanding of the boys and girls who saw their childhoods cut short by a war that burst in on their lives and changed their world for ever. A war they were dragged into for no reason and maybe, precisely because of that, one that would leave permanent though not always visible scars on those who managed to survive.

    The exhibition is structured into three periods. The first conjures up Barcelona of 1938 and the impact of the bombardments on the region and its people. The second focuses on the children who were first-hand witnesses of the conflict, through drawings which express what they witnessed and lived through. The last area delves into the universe of the adults who suffered bombardments as children and the language they have used during the course of their lives to express, as a need and as a commitment, what it is like to try and escape from the bombs.

    This narrative thread allows the past to connect with the present and ends up by inviting us, from a contemporary perspective, to reflect on a world in constant conflict.

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