The Barcelona we know and love today is the result of a long and rich history. Will you come along and discover 5 curious facts about Barcelona you maybe did not know?
1- Where does the name Barcelona come from? Legend has it that Hercules was shipwrecked in front of the coast of what is now Barcelona and that only the crew of the ninth ship was saved. They therefore named the land they had reached “barca nona”, or ninth ship.
Nevertheless, the most probable theory is that there was an Iberian settlement on Mons Taber named Barkeno. The Romans later founded a colony there called Colonia Iulia Augusta Faventia Paterna Barcino. Barcino then evolved to Barchinona with the arrival of the Visigoths and to Madinat Barshiluna with the Arabs. The city was once again named Barchinona after its reconquest, from where its name evolved to its current one, Barcelona.
2- Gaudí was not the original architect of the Sagrada Família: One curious fact about Barcelona you perhaps did not know is that the first architect to work on the Sagrada Familia was Francisco de Paula del Villar. However, one year later, in 1882, Gaudí came into play, making radical changes to the design and providing it with his own style.
3- Why does the Barça celebrate its victories in Canaletes?: Since 1930, the headquarters of a sports newspaper called La Rambla was located at number 13 of La Rambla. Every Sunday, its editors would install a blackboard on the outside to notify the public of the results of the Barça’s matches, and fans would congregate to keep abreast of the game, and that is why they would celebrate the victories on the spot.
4- Colombus is not pointing towards America: Have you noticed that, if he were to point towards America, he would have to do so towards the Rambla? Nevertheless, a curious fact about Barcelona is that when the statue was built, its designers felt that the public would understand it better if he were to point towards the sea.
5- The messages on the walls of the Raval: A walk through the Raval neighborhood will allow you to discover several messages on walls full of history. For instance, on the entrance to the former Santa Creu i Sant Pau hospital (located in Carrer del Carme), there is a complaint against the Count-Duke of Olivares that reads “fuerese luego Oliveros”.
Now that you have discovered some curious facts about Barcelona, what are you waiting for to visit the city and come to the El Principal?