Barcelona Revisited

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Barcelona’s patron saint Eulàlia does what she wants

Being rolled down a hill, naked, in a barrel full of nails and broken glass; breasts cut off; crucifixion. And ten other horrible tortures. Some become holy for less, even though Eulalia’s canonization may have to do with her standing…

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The beautiful bones of the Santa Maria del Mar

The stones of the Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona’s most beloved church, have their secrets. Sometimes you have to look very carefully, only then they tell their story.  On  the church wall in the Carrer del Sombreres, near the Plaça de…

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Barcelona’s patron saint lost a toe

“This is Placa del Blat”, Bernard had told him. “It’s the centre of Barcelona. Do you see the stone in the middle?” Arnau looked in the direction his father was pointing. “That stone divides the city into quarters: La Mar,…

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Jump for joy – 20 % discount!

Yes, it’s true! If you book your tour 30 or more days in advance, you will get a discount of 20 % on the regular price. Go to our booking page and be you will jump for joy too!

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New: Cathedral of the Sea walking tour

Arnau was sixty-three years old. He felt tired, and leant on his son. Bernard squeezed his father’s arm affectionately. Arnou bent his mouth to his son’s ear and pointed towards the high alter. ‘Can see her smile, my son?’, he…

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The last Catalan state existed 10 hours

The last state called Catalonia had a life span of ten hours. On 6 October 1934, at eight o’clock in the evening, Catalan president Lluís Companys stepped on the balcony of the Palau de Generalitat on Barcelona’s Plaça de Sant…

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What’s in a name – Mercè, patron saint of Barcelona

Mercè was named patron saint of Barcelona by the city council in 1662, the year the virgin liberated the city of a plague of locusts, the legend says. More than two centuries later Pope Pio IX approved this decision. From…

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The birds sing peace, peace, peace!

“I am a Catalan. Today Catalania is a province of Spain. But before Catalonia was a nation and perhaps the greates nation in the world. I shall tell you why: Catalonia had the first Parliament, long before England did, and…

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Gaudí’s Grote Boek der Natuur lag in zijn achtertuin

“Degenen die voor hun nieuwe werk te rade gaan bij de wetten der Natuur, werken samen met de Schepper. Degenen die kopiëren, werken niet samen met de Schepper. Derhalve bestaat originaliteit in het terugkeren naar de oorsprong.” Een fijne uitspraak…

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Durruti: mysterieuze dood – grootse begrafenis

Een groot revolutionair kan niet klein sterven. Dus kwamen er verhalen toen anarchistisch voorman Buenaventura Durruti onder mysterieuze omstandigheden stierf aan het Madrileense oorlogsfront, op 20 november 1936. Durriti zou door een fascistische kogel zijn getroffen. Nee, het was een…

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