The Old town and the Gothic quarter
Barcelona is a city with a history that is embodied in the monuments. For all history of existence of the city in its trail it left the Carthaginians, Arabs, Romans, Visigoths. Everything built and erected these peoples can be seen in the architectural ensemble of the city. Unfortunately, not all buildings have survived to our times, but to see the town. The Internet-the edition “my Choice” continues to tell about the sights of Spain and today we will talk about Old town and the Gothic quarter of Barcelona.
So, in modern Barcelona there is a historic center called the Old town. The old town consists of three very different historical parts: the Gothic quarter, Barceloneta and La Rambla.
The Gothic quarter is the main part of the Old town and it should start your tour of Barcelona. The quarter is situated between the Cathedral and the town Hall.
The Gothic quarter has acquired such name because of the architectural structures that are located in it. Gothic building there and in other parts of the city, but here they represent an architectural ensemble that blends in. In this regard, the block has been completely renovated.
A walk around the block should start with the Plaza Nova is Camastra area of Barcelona. A long time ago, somewhere in the XIII century, having passed through this area it was possible to enter the territory of the Roman settlement of Barcino. The settlement was surrounded by high walls, and was located inside the city market, which was actively developed. Today there are only two towers. By this time belongs to the Episcopal Palace, and next to it is a modern building of the College of architects. Looking at these two buildings one can feel the spirit of history and the struggle for the right to stay on this earth for another few hundred years. Both of these buildings are on the right side from the towers.
On the left side of the towers there is a building of historical city archives and Institute of history. Originally, this building was the residence of archdeacon Lewis Disply – Casa del Ardiaca, so it is difficult to determine the age of the building. In addition, quite often the building was restored and today it resembles something between Gothic and Renaissance. In this case the two lines are very harmonious look on the facade of the building. Inside the building there is a courtyard decorated with a fountain, moss, and arches.
One of the facades of the residence opens onto Bishop street. This street stretches from the residence to Plaza de San Jaume. In the center of this street you can see the beautiful bridge. This bridge not only the decoration of the streets, but is used for its intended purpose. The bridge connects the Palace of the Government to the House of Canons. The bridge was built in 1926 and is a masterpiece of Gothic direction.
House of Canons, built in the 14th century and has an irregular layout. Near the house located a street Carrer Paradis with several historical buildings that you can visit. One such attraction is the Catalan tour center, where the remains of a Roman temple built in the II century. Originally the temple was located on the highest point of the settlement of Barcino (mount Taber).
Walking along Carrer del Bisbe Irurita, it is very important not to miss an inconspicuous turn to the right. The turn is somewhere between Plaza Nova and the bridge. If done correctly, it will open your eyes a quiet and pleasant square with a fountain in the center. This square is called Plaza de San Felip Neri is a quiet and secluded area, on whose territory is located the Church of San Felip Neri and the Museum of the history of footwear.
On this walk through the Gothic quarter ends, but there are other sights of Barcelona.