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  • 1. Passeig del Born

    Born-Ribera | Ruins

    Once the site of medieval jousts and autos-da-fé of the Inquisition, the passeig, at the end of Carrer Montcada behind the church of Santa Maria...Read More

  • 2. Plaça del Rei

    Barri Gòtic | Plaza/Square

    This little square is as compact a nexus of history as anything the Barri Gòtic has to offer. Long held to be the scene of Columbus's triumphal...Read More

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  • 3. Plaça d'Anna Frank

    Gràcia | Plaza/Square

    Near Plaça del Diamant is a small square honoring Anne Frank, the young woman whose diary was published several years after she perished in...Read More

  • 4. Plaça d'Espanya

    Sants | Plaza/Square

    This busy circle is a good place to avoid, but sooner or later you'll probably need to cross it to go to the convention center or to the Palau...Read More

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  • 5. Plaça de Catalunya

    Eixample | Plaza/Square

    Barcelona's main bus-and-metro hub is the frontier between the Old City and the post-1860 Eixample. Fountains and statuary, along with pigeons...Read More

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  • 6. Plaça de Garriga i Bachs

    Barri Gòtic | Plaza/Square

    Ceramic murals depicting executions of heroes of the Catalan resistance to Napoleonic troops in 1809 flank this little space just outside the...Read More

  • 7. Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia

    Gràcia | Plaza/Square

    Originally named (until 2009) for the memorable Gràcia mayor Francesc Rius i Taulet, this is the town's most emblematic and historic square...Read More

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  • 8. Plaça de la Virreina

    Gràcia | Plaza/Square

    The much-damaged and oft-restored church of Sant Joan de Gràcia in this square stands where the Palau de la Virreina once stood, the mansion...Read More

  • 9. Plaça de les Olles

    Born-Ribera | Plaza/Square

    This pretty little square named for the makers of olles, or pots, has been known to host everything from topless sunbathers to elegant Viennese...Read More

  • 10. Plaça del Diamant


    This little square is of enormous sentimental importance in Barcelona as the site of the opening and closing scenes of 20th-century Catalan...Read More

  • 11. Plaça del Pedró

    El Raval | Plaza/Square

    This landmark in medieval Barcelona was the dividing point where ecclesiastical and secular paths parted. The high road, Carrer del Carme, leads...Read More

  • 12. Plaça Reial

    La Rambla | Plaza/Square

    Nobel Prize–winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez, architect and urban planner Oriol Bohigas, and Pasqual Maragall, former president of the...Read More

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  • 13. Plaça Rovira i Trias

    Gràcia | Plaza/Square

    This charming little square and the story of Antoni Rovira i Trias shed much light on the true nature of Barcelona's eternal struggle with Madrid...Read More

  • 14. Plaça Sant Felip Neri

    Barri Gòtic | Plaza/Square

    A tiny square just behind Plaça de Garriga Bachs off the side of the cloister of the Catedral de la Seu, this was once a burial ground for Barcelona...Read More

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  • 15. Plaça Sant Jaume

    Barri Gòtic | Government Building

    Facing each other across this oldest epicenter of Barcelona (and often on politically opposite sides as well) are the seat of Catalonia's regional...Read More

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  • 16. Plaça Sant Just

    Barri Gòtic | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Off to the left side of city hall down Carrer Hèrcules (named for the mythical founder of Barcelona) are this square and the site of the Església...Read More

  • 17. Santa Maria del Pi

    Barri Gòtic | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Sister church to Santa Maria del Mar and to Santa Maria de Pedralbes, this early Catalan Gothic structure is perhaps the most fortresslike of...Read More

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  • 18. Sarrià

    Sarrià | Plaza/Square

    The village of Sarrià was originally a cluster of farms and country houses overlooking Barcelona from the hills. Once dismissively described...Read More

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