A walk through the ages: the Gothic quarter of Barcelona
The Gothic quarter is the historical center of Barcelona, because here began the building of the city. The area is located between Plaza de Catalunya on the one hand, a great business street of via Laietana with another, and the most famous Boulevard of Las Ramblas. Together with the areas of Raval (Raval) and Bourne (Born), the Gothic quarter is part of the Old town – Roman settlement under the name “Barsine”, which originated over 2000 thousand years ago. Walking through the narrow and winding streets of the Gothic quarter, people do not even think about what journey they make. Once these streets had formed defensive positions of the city, outside which they lived retired Roman soldiers. By itself, the quarter is a Museum under the open sky, as the layout of streets has not been altered since its construction, and the architectural ensemble of buildings XIV–XV is considered the largest in Europe. The oldest buildings of the Gothic quarter dates back to XII century.
The main sights
On the Cathedral square, where the Cathedral sits, always musicians playing, hosts various shows and various fairs. However, it is not the main area of the quarter. Long ago the city gate was located at Plaza Nova (Placa Nova), where it is still preserved two four-storey Roman tower that protected the city. In our time, the intersection of the two squares, Plaza Nova, Plaza de Sant Jaume(plaça de Sant Jaume) became the centre of political life. On the Plaza de Sant Jaume is the city Hall and other administrative buildings. The city Hall building is a mixture of two different architectural styles – the facade overlooking the square, built in the neoclassical style, while the side façade in the Gothic style. To visit city Hall any Sunday from 10.00 to 13.30.
In the Gothic quarter there are many shops and recognized brands, and independent of the Spanish. Also here are most of the best bars and restaurants in the city. At night, the area becomes even more charm due to the dim light of lanterns. Without atmospheric streets, filled with even more mystery and mystique. In the Gothic quarter is the Spanish counterpart of the French art cabaret “Black cat”, “Four cats” . This place was the meeting point of Bohemian Barcelona. Among the guests are such persons as gonzález, Pablo Picasso, Ramon Casas, Rusiñol.