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Gothic quarter: walking in Barcelona

If the words “Chart poberi!” from the glorious movie “the diamond arm” is a narrow, curve, dark street to the hot Mediterranean city, which wanted to be since childhood, you here – in the famous Gothic quarter of Barcelona.

Very long ago it was here that the Romans founded the settlement of Barcino wall, defensive towers, temples, aqueducts, in General, with all the buildings that were supposed to be a Roman settlement.

From the settlement of our age got only fragments scattered around the Gothic quarter, licked and cleaned, however, retained its enormous presence. But don’t be in the neighborhood of Roman ruins, it would still be worth a visit.

The fact that the architecture of the Gothic quarter is very different from the architecture of the rest of Barcelona with its wide avenues and geometrically regular rows of houses. It now remains to verify this.

The Gothic quarter is located on the right side of La Rambla – the main street of Barcelona, of the same, on which stood dozens of memes and the abundance of sold Souvenirs about the city with stickers “Made in China”.

Just cross the road anywhere and dive into the shadows of the crooked alleys. In General, enjoy aimless wandering around the neighborhood, but today risk five times to enter the same lane to the same area, and never visiting at the same other places that are worth visiting.

Therefore, I advise to arm the card, which you can buy in any tent on La Rambla (you buy a card in Russian will be no problem – cost about 4-6 euros).

To make a good route for a walk through the Gothic quarter, in our view, has no meaning – it is quite small and can be completed in a day. Just walk through street after street, occasionally checking the map to not miss the local attractions of Barcelona.

Don’t even need to strain your imagination to feel yourself in another era – you will find yourself in it, as soon as you feel a bit damp coolness blowing from the stone closed over the heads of the houses would prefer a fancy, ivy-covered, balcony grills and wrought iron lanterns.

Of course, you will be heard and the brisk clatter of heels on the pavement, and the rustling of long skirts, and throaty, impatient cries from Windows. The impression will only be able to destroy Barcelona’s ubiquitous motorbikes with a crash, speeding through the streets where there is no access to the machines, but a bevy of modern dressed tourists.

The streets of the Gothic quarter dropped unexpectedly and here the modern city, wailing to the skies human conversations and the noise of passing cars, stuns you, and you turn back, hurrying to take in the rest of the middle ages.

A walk around the block can be diluted quite pleasing to the heart of stuff. For example, to have Breakfast at one of sweet-smelling cinnamon, coffee shops with an outstanding assortment of sweets, pastries and cakes (the average bill if you’re not too hungry – 5 euros) and dinner in the restaurant the paella (8-10 Euro).

You can boot gifts for aunts, employees and neighbors in the country in numerous souvenir shops. Here souvenir shopping in Barcelona will cost you less than, for example, in tents on La Rambla.

Here the smiling salesman-Indian will run and will show the lizard in the style of Gaudi with a scrawled price of 10 euros, in broken English trying to explain that “only today and only for you” price for lizard will be only 4 Euro.

You can even update your wardrobe, without going outside the Gothic quarter in such trite and has become almost the Russian shops, “Mango”, “Zara”, “Benetton”, much more attractive than at home, prices. We also recommend not to pass by the markets on which the Spaniards sell handmade goods. Pottery you’re taking hardly, but a vial of scented oil it is possible to take.

What deserves attention in the Gothic quarter, in addition, the atmosphere of the medieval city, which itself is its main attraction? Of course, the remains of Roman structures, namely:

the area of Villa de Madrid funerary Roman road with tombs and mausoleums that are located on both sides of the road leading to the gates of Barcino;

in the streets de la Palla, Correu Vell, Baixada del Cacador, Sots-tinent Navarro, de la Palla remains of walls belonging to the first and second defensive walls of Barcino, and tower defense;

the area of Nova I-IV century ad preserved side passage for pedestrians and two towers that defended the gate of the first defensive wall of Barcino;

– on the area of del Rey’s many historical monuments: the walls of the first century after Christ, ancient Barcino house, a Museum of City History, where you can see the remains of shops, old houses of wealthy families and ruins of buildings associated with the cult of Christianity;

– on the street Paradis remains of the Roman temple I-II.

Remains of Roman buildings, fully reconstructed building will help the imagination to recreate the look of a Roman settlement. I am glad that landmarks rarely accumulate large tour group, and you will be able to contemplate the greatness of the ancient stone walls.

Unless you are a connoisseur of architecture, it is hardly necessary to draw special attention to another of its delights, located in the Gothic quarter.

But if you happen to pass by, pay attention to the building Board of Architects (Nova area), to the outer facade of which had a hand Picasso.

As well as the bridge on via del Bisbe, built in the Gothic style in 1926; the house of Kanunnikov next to said bridge, built in the XIV and recently restored; and the Church of San Felip Neri, built in the XVIII century (plaça Sant Felip Neri).