|Barcelona gothic area|
Barcelona's gothic area Barrio Gotico
Gothic Period is also called Barcelona's Golden Age (13th and 15th centuries). The city of Barcelona expanded so much in the medieval age, that it could no longer be contained within the city walls. The 13th-15th century buildings make up the biggest and most complete Gothic Quarter in Europe.
In medieval times the neighborhood was made up of guild associations ( called gremis), which were a precursor to modern trade unions. Many of their guild shields can still be seen on buildings dotted around the the Barri Gótic to mark the headquarters of each particular trade.
There were also many small workshops in the area. Many street names are based on the activities that took place there, for example, Escudellers (shield makers), Brocaters (brocade makers), etc.
Safety in the Gothic Quarter while certain areas were once considered shady in the past there has been vast improvements in the last decade and in no way could the gothic neighborhood be considered unsafe. There are the usual concerns for any large city centre which are pickpockets and a few oddball characters, but no serious or violent crime.
Barri Gótic things to see and do
La Seu Cathedral of Barcelona Begun in 1292 on foundations of Roman temple and Moorish Mosque, Façade spiral are 19th century additions to original.
City Hall & Catalonia's seat of government (Palau de la Generalitat)
"El Call" - the medieval Barcelona Jewish quarter
Plaza St. Jaume. This plaza is on the old Roman Forum
Plaza del Rei & Royal Palace. This is where Columbus was received by the Catholic monarches after returning from the New World
Barcino. Scattered remains of the original Roman city wall and ruins from the ancient city.
Las Ramblas Most famous street in Barcelona which is lined with news stands, domestic animals, flower stalls, street performers and artists.
La Boqueria, the largest open air fresh food market in the city
Barcelonas Opera House- El Liceu.
Plaza Real the liveliest square with neo-classic lampposts designed by Gaudí.
Barcelonas Marina Port Vell
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