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The Muhba -Museum of the History of Barcelona- has made available a series of digital and online resources so that everybody can discover the city: from the 'Carta Histórica de Barcelona', a complete historical map of the city, to its online collection, also including virtual tours, sacred Jewish texts, the first Neolithic settlements, images from the religious wars... and endless further surprises.
To ensure that culture and remembrance continue to reach you at home, the Born CCM has put together a series of online resources that even go as far as providing ideas to entertain the youngest members of the household. One possibility is to listen to a series of podcasts such as FAae Fiction(s); four lecture sessions that reflect on the complexity of fiction or else the opening lecture of a set entitled "Sons de la Memòria" (Sounds of Remembrance). Another option is to view a series of videos such as one on the illustrator Perich which has a competition run through social media associated with it, or another one that provides a complete tour of the Born neighborhood in just six minutes.
The Sant Pau art nouveau site reopens on 26th June. The specifications of the complex fully comply with the current safety measures.
The former Santa Creu i Sant Pau hospital is one of the world's biggest art nouveau sites and was designed by Domènech i Montaner as a small garden city made up of separate pavilions and set among areas where patients could recuperate and green spaces. During your visit, you'll be able to explore 1 km of underground galleries, four historic buildings now open to the public, exhibition spaces and more than 18,000 m2 of gardens.
Timed tickets will be on sale and feature discounts and free deals for health workers and the unwaged. The new opening times are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday and public holidays from 10am to 2.30pm. The audioguide service has been temporarily discontinued but you can download the content as a mobile app.
There will be an admission charge on the first Sunday of the month (as part of the 'Solidarity Sundays' initiative) – except for the over 65s and under 12s – to raise funds for projects associated with COVID-19.
Now's the time to enjoy one of Barcelona's most magical spaces!
El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria reopened with all the necessary health and safety measures in place. The opening times will be the same.
El Born CCM is a historic place and a hub of collective memory and the only cultural attraction of its kind in Europe. It is housed inside the former Born Market, which opened in 1876 and was one of the first buildings in Barcelona to be constructed from cast iron. The underground archaeological site contains the remains of Barcelona as it was in 1700, and bears witness to life in the city at the time and the consequences of the siege of 1714.
You can see the site and move around freely from the above-ground viewing area. If you buy a ticket, you can visit the exhibition 'Barcelona 1700, from Stones to People' and enjoy guided tours of the architectural site (pre-booking essential).
The Museu d'Història de Barcelona (MUHBA) reopened on 2nd June with all the current health and safety measures in place.
This is a new museum concept with sites at different places around the city designed to give visitors an insight into the history of Barcelona and its inhabitants, tracing how they have evolved over the centuries, from the Roman colony of Barcino to medieval and modern times. You can visit the Monumental Ensemble in the Plaça del Rei with its underground Roman archaeological site covering an area of 4,000 m²; discover the El Call Interpretation Centre to find out how Barcelona's Jewish community lived and learn about the city's ancient Jewish quarter; gain an understanding of how the local residents lived during the air raids in the Spanish Civil War at the air-raid shelter, Refugi 306; and discover many other sites, such as the Roman remains under the Santa Caterina Market and the home of Catalan poet Jacint Verdaguer.
You can also access digital content about the history of Barcelona on the museum website and take a number of virtual tours.
A stroll through Barcelona's Gothic Quarter brings to light the early Roman city of Barcino and the medieval town with its palazzos, mansions and Gothic churches. This is the style that defines "the heart of Barcelona": a neighbourhood where the splendour of the historic past coexists with the vibrancy of the present.
Barcelona wouldn't be Barcelona without the Rambla. A wander up and down this famous boulevard is a ritual well worth observing. Just soak up the atmosphere and admire the buildings, from the Canaletes fountain to the Columbus Monument, which connect the old and modern city with places like Liceu and Boqueria. A walk through the life and history of the city.
The cradle of Catalan culture, amongst many other cultures and civilisations, and a witness to major transformations such as the Industrial Revolution or the Civil War amongst many others, Barcelona has a fascinating history. Find out more about it!
There are two official languages in Catalonia: Catalan and Spanish, and there are more and more people in the region who understand and speak English. You’re sure to get by.
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