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Pictures Gothic area of Barcelona

The "Ciutat Vella", which means "old city" in the Catalan language, is one of the biggest medievel city areas in Europe. It includes the neighbourhoods of La Raval, Barri Gotic, La Ribera and El Born. Each neighbourhood in the old city of Barcelona has its own special places and atmosphere.

"Barcino" is the old Roman name for Barcelona. These letters can seen on the Plaça Nova near Barcelona cathedral, where the western gate, called Porta Praetoria, of the old Roman city was located. > Map of Roman walls and remains

Barcino letters Barcelona

The area now called "Ciutat Vella" is the old medieval city and is easy to see on a satellite photo. Almost all the walls of the medieval city are gone now except a small section by the Drassanas Reial - the Royal shipyards.

Old part of Barcelona - satellite image

There are signs at the places that indicate where the gates of the middle age walls once were.

The narrow streets of Barcelona's old city are full of chic cafes, restaurants and boutiques
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A nice area for walks in the Barri Gotic is "El Call" - the medieval Jewish quarter of Barcelona


The "Capella Reial de Santa Àgata i el Palau Reial Major" (Royal Chapel of Santa Àgata and the Royal Palace) on "Plaça de Ramon Berenguer" by Via Laietana. It was built in the 14th century using a section of the second Roman wall from the fourth century A.D. Pictures of Roman walls in Barcelona


Plaza Neri fountain

Plaza Neri fountain 

Street buskers in Barcelona's Barrio Gotico create a special atmosphere

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Interior view of cloisters of Barcelona's gothic cathedral "La Seu"

Interior of part of Barcelona Cathedral

"l'ou com balla" - "the dancing egg" - a Barcelona Corpus Christi tradition since 1637


There are still many traditional old shops in the Gothic quarter. This is Casa de Les Sabatilles sandal shop on Baixada Llibreteria, 10


Try the pastries in Confiteria La Colmena on Plaça Àngel, 12 by the Jaume I metro station


Modernist letterbox from 1902 sculpted by Catalan architect Doménech i Montaner.  This letter box is on the "Casa de l'Ardiaca"  (The Archdeacon's House) - by Barcelona Cathedral La Seu. The letter box is from 1902, when the building was used by the "Colegio de Abogados" (college of laywers) who asked Domenech i Montaner to renovate the building. The turtle is said to symbolise the speed of the postal service at that time.

Letter box on Bishops Palace Barcelona 

Plaza Neri is one of the smallest and quietest plazas in the Barrio Gotico. It is home to the tiny Barcelona shoe museum and you can have a coffee at the Hotel Neri's outdoor cafe.

Plaza Neri 

The famous Catalan architecht Antoni Gaudi was a student in the children's school on Plaza Neri.  Tragedy hit Plaza Neri on 30th January 1938 during the Spanish civil war, when a bomb fell and claimed 42 civilian lives, among them many children. The shrapnel damage on the church "Església de Sant Felip Neri" is still visible and a memorial plaque now honours the victims.

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The lamp posts on Plaza Reial were designed by Antoni Guadi  

barcelona pictures plaza reial gauid lamp posts

Four Roman columns are the only remains of the Temple of Augustus from the Roman city Barcino. They are on Carrer del Paradis 10 inside the "Centre Excursionista de Catalunya." See map of Roman remains in Barcelona

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Well preserved Roman defence towers on Plaça Nova by Barcelona cathedral. At the Barcelona history museum, MUHBA, you can take a journey through the underground ruins of Barcino, the Roman city of Barcelona


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