Barcelona Revisited

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Sant Jordi and God Johan

And another year the Catalans celebrate ‘the day of the book and the rose’, the Diada de Sant Jordi. In Catalonia this has been happening since the year 1200 on 23 April. More than two and a half centuries later,…

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The false patron saint of Barcelona

This is Mercè – or Mare de Deu de la Mercè, as she is called in full , the main patron saint of Barcelona, whose ‘fiesta’ every year at the end of September is the biggest party of  the city….

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Texas in Barcelona

Not it the soil sustaining his tower of living vigour, about the stubborn boulders his massy roots entwine: he greets the dews and showers, chill wind and torrid rigour; and, like the ancient prophet, the smiles of heaven transfigure his…

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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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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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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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Sant Joan in Barcelona is een vlammend feest

Originally posted on Barcelona Revisited:
Het vuur reinigt je zondige ziel, het water geneest je kwalen en de kruiden schenken je kracht. Genoeg redenen voor een land in crisis om het feest van Sant Joan uitbundig te vieren. Niet dat…

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