as the capital and cultural hub of the autonomous region of Catalonia,
Catalonia was a leading trading power in the Mediterranean during the 14th and 15th centuries, with enterprising merchants and bankers, and no feudal remnants whatsoever. United with the Kingdom of Aragon in the 12th century, the region became part of Spain in 1469 with the marriage of Ferdinand and Isabella
Barcelona now is a beautiful city with beautiful cathedrals and a beautiful boardwalk.
Sagrada La Familia
The new Cathedral originally designed by Antoni Gaudi (1852 – 1926), who worked on the project for over 40 years, devoting the last 15 years of his life entirely to the endeavor, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2026. On the subject of the extremely long construction period, Gaudí is said to have remarked, "My client is not in a hurry." After Gaudí's death in 1926 work continued
The heart of the city is La Rambla, the wide, main pedestrian-only boulevard stretching from La Placa Catalunya to the harbour.
Street performers, sales people, musicians, foodvendors attract visitors to the city
michaelmichoo wrote on Jun 3, '08
Barcelona looks beautiful, Viera! Nice variety of pictures of the city with its streets, architecture, people, museums and many other interesting sites! Looks like a lovely city to visit.
forgetmenot525 wrote on Jun 3, '08
Gaudi Buildings are top of my 'must see before I die' list,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,right up there at the top. I feel a certain affinity with your area of Spain because of the historical movement for 'Independence', this is something you share with Scotland. This is a lovely blog, thank you
gregzook wrote on Jun 2, '08
thos long construction periods for the cathedrals are fascinating. You'd never see projects like that in my country. These photographs are stunning. Thanks for sharing your travels with us.
my dear belita...thank you very much for your visit and wishing you a week filled with joy and happiness...
You are most welcome from Georgia...I really thank you...and It's great that you enjoyed Barcelona as well...Have a beautiful week....
belita747 wrote on Jun 2, '08
Thanks, Viera, for enabling me to travel on the couch and revisit Barcelona...
gapeach7355 wrote on Jun 1, '08
Wonderful photos---your introduction to Barcelona inspires a traveler to visit!!!
...You are most welcome Roy...Thank you so much. for visiting...Great that you like Barcelona and "la balada" as well...
viera7 wrote on Jun 1, '08, edited on Jun 1, '08
Graham, your visit here make me very happy. Thank you so much. I'm happy that you enjoyed Barcelona as well...
asolotraveler wrote on Jun 1, '08
very nice photos and the music is a perfect match! thanks for the tour!
Thank you Brigitta for your lovely visit...I love the Magic fountain as well such an amazing ballet isn't it???
Wishing you a beautiful Sunday....