Spain

The city of the arts

Pablo Picasso spent many of his formative years in Barcelona, the city that also gave birth to Joan Miro and Antoni Tapies. These great artistic figures of the twentieth century have prolonged the ancestral link between Barcelona and the plastic arts. The beauty of the city lies in both the refined talent of artists and …

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Environs of Barcelona

Huge range of popular Catalan traditions. The one that most accurately reflects local character – working together, tenacity, and daring – is probably the castles or human towers. Other traditions have more of a festive character, among these the gegants or giants, present in many places, from villages to cities, and the correfoc, a celebration …

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The Eixample and Modernisme

Fourteenth-century and which the municipal authorities still use today for meetings of special relevance. The Placa de Sant Jaume, flanked by the seats of these two institutions, is the scene of many kinds of demonstrations and gatherings: from fervent manifestations of patriotism to the celebration of sporting victories by local teams, organized dancing of sardanes …

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The Olympic city

Just after nightfall on the evening of 25th July 1992, a flaming arrow left its wake in the sky over Barcelona. Hundreds of millions of viewers all over the world held their breath for an instant until it arrived at its target and lit the flame over the Montjuic Olympic Stadium. This moment marked, not …

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