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Here are some interesting and fun facts about Barcelona you might not know!
1. Founding of Barcelona
There are two Spanish legends concerning the founding of Barcelona. One legend says that Hercules was the founder of Barcelona before building Rome, and the other says that the city was Hamilcar Barca’s, masterpiece. Which one do you believe?
2. La Rambla is not just one street, in fact it’s five streets
The most famous street in Barcelona is La Rambla, but did you know that actually it’s not just one street, but it consists of 5 boulevards, joined to make one long promenade. This is the reason why La Rambla is also known in plural, Las Ramblas. It starts at Placa Catalunya and ends at the Columbus statue by the waterfront. More than 150 000 people walk on La Rambla every day.
3. Sagrada Familia and Antoni Gaudi
Did you know that Antoni Gaudi wasn’t the first architect who was appointed to work on the famous La Sagrada Familia. The person who was appointed first on this huge project was Francisco De Paula. The construction of Sagrada Familia started in 1882, and it’s still an ongoing project, the promise is that it will be ready the year of 2026.
4. Barcelona is the reason for World Book Day
St. George’s Day in Catalan, La Diada de Sant Jordi is one of the biggest, most widely celebrated festivals in Barcelona. It takes place on April 23rd and it’s a celebration of love and literacy, a Catalan Valentine’s day. On this day, the tradition is to give roses and books to the loved ones. UNESCO was inspired by this day and it declared the day as the International Day of Books.
5. According to National Geographic Barcelona is the best beach city in the world
Today there are in total seven beaches located on Barcelona’s 4.5 km long coastline. But did you know that before 1992 Barcelona’s seaside was completely covered by industries and there was no beach existing for leisure use. When the city was hosting the 1992 Olympic Games they moved their industries and converted the seaside area into a nice leisure area by improving two of the beaches and creating five new ones.
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