The Catalan capital is one of the most visited cities in Europe due to its splendid architecture, warm climate and magnificent cuisine. If you want to know everything about Barcelona… continue reading!
Curiosities of the Ciudad Condal
Origin of the name of Barcelona
Many legends surround the discovery of Barcelona and the origin of its name. Legend has it that during an expedition of 9 ships in Roman times, there was a great storm during which one was lost and it was Hercules who found it shipwrecked on Montjuïc. The place pleased the sailors so much that they called it “Barca Nona”, which means the ninth boat.
Magical Square of the Sagrada Familia
Surely you know many curiosities about the Sagrada Familia but, did you know that in its facade there is a magic square? It is full of figures that seem random but if you sum the numbers in any direction they always result in 33, the age at which Jesus died. In addition, this painting is next to the statue that represents the kiss of Judas. Coincidence? Most certainly not.
Barça fans celebrate the victories of their team at the Canaletas fountain, but do you know why? Years ago, the editorial staff of the newspaper “La Rambla” was in front of it and since there was no television or radio in all the houses, the fans gathered in front of it, because their sales men were voicing the goals and victories of their team.
Roman temple in the Eixample
In the street Bailén No. 70, it wanted to recreate the ancient temple of Augustus Barcino Forum. It was built in 1882 and began as a workshop for the famous Masriera jewelers, later in 1932 it became a theater in which Lorca recited “Doña Rosita la Soltera” to Margarida Xirgu and is currently the seat of a religious formation.
Gaudí was not the first architect of the Sagrada Familia
Although undoubtedly one of his best works, Gaudí was not the first architect who worked for the Sagrada Familia. Francisco de Paula del Villar was the first person responsible for the design of this temple in 1882, but a year later the modernist genius came into action, radically changed the design and turned it into the architectural work that it is now.
These are some of the curiosities that Barcelona hides and we recommend you to visit after enjoying a wonderful meal of Catalan market cuisine in our restaurant in the Eixample Barcelona.