Wednesday, February 19, 2014

BARCELONA: BORN AND LA RIBERA

The visit to the Born and La Ribera I recommend begins in the crossroads of La Rambla and Carrer Ample (next to the Columbus Column), in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. The first interesting building we will find is the Basilica de la Mercè. If we keep walking along this street we will arrive to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, one of the most beautiful churches in Barcelona.

And in the rear of this impressive church begins the Born Boulevard, a peaceful place during the day, but a lively place at night. I recommend two pubs to have a drink:

  • El Copetín (Pg. del Born 18, Metro L4 Jaume I Station)
  • Ribborn (Carrer Antic de Sant Joan 3, L4 Jaume I Station)

Also at the rear of Santa Maria del Mar, on the left, begins Montcada Street. This narrow and typical medieval street was possibly the most exclusive one in the past, as the palaces of this street indicate. In two of these palaces the Picasso Museum and the Textile Museum are located.

These are the interesting places and buildings we will see along this route:

  • Basílica de la Mercè
  • Santa Maria del Mar
  • Born Boulevard
  • Born Centre Cultural
  • Carrer de Montcada
  • Picasso Museum

Basilica de la Mercè


Basílica de la Mercè in BarcelonaBasílica de la Mercè is the church of the patron saint of Barcelona

Santa Maria del Mar


Santa Maria del Mar gothic churchFacade of Santa Maria del Mar. This church is surrounded and hidden by really nearby buildings, which difficults to obtain an overall impression of this imposing church, whose total width is 33 meters, which is also equal to the maximum height of the building


Gothic church of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona
Inside the church of Santa Maria del Mar is really easy to realize the beauty of this gothic church


Gothic church of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona
The church of Sant Maria del Mar in Barcelona is actually an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic, with a purity and unity of style that are very unusual in large mediaeval buildings


Fossar de les Moreres beside Santa Maria del MarFrom the Fossar de les Moreres, one of the former cemeteries which existed next to Santa Maria del Mar, we can get a nice image of the buttresses of the the side facade, ended with an slender bell tower

Apse of Santa Maria del Mar gothic churchStreetlamp in Born Boulevard with the apse of Santa Maria del Mar in the background. The apse of this wonderful church is in the beginning of the Born boulevard, where there are a lot of pubs. The Born is always a really animated quarter


Born Boulevard


Born boulevard in BarcelonaAnother image of the Born boulevard at this sunny midday of Christmas Day. Santa Maria del Mar appears at the end of this boulevard



Medieval palace in Born BoulevardA nice medieval palace in Born Boulevard

Born boulevard in BarcelonaThis image provides a better overall view of the heart of the Born quarter, the Born Boulevard, a typical cobble street in the Born quarter. In the background of this image appears shyly the apse of Sta Maria del Mar


Born Centre Cultural


Born Centre Cultural in Barcelona
An image of the Born market, built in 19th century. In February 2002, while building works were done to take in a library, archaeological remains of the medieval town appeared


Born Centre Cultural in Barcelona
Roman Remains inside Born Centre Cultural


Born Centre Cultural in Barcelona
Below the cast-iron structure of Born Centre Cultural in Barcelona you can visit roman remains found in 2002 and a exhibition on the Siege of 1714

Carrer de Montcada (Montcada Street)



Montcada Street near Born boulevard in BarcelonaHere, where Montcada Street begins, there are some boutiques a bit exclusive

Courtyard of one of the medieval palaces in Montcada StreetA nice courtyard of one of the medieval palaces in Montcada Street. In this palace is located the Textile Museum

Montaca street near Picasso MuseumMontaca street near Picasso Museum


Picasso Museum



Picasso Museum in BarcelonaThis courtyard is the main entrance to Picasso Museum. This museum is also located in a medieval palace of Montcada Street

Courtyard of Picasso Museum in BarcelonaFinally, this courtyard is the exit of Picasso Museum


Museo Picasso Useful Information

  • Address: C/ Montcada 15-23
  • Tel: 93 256 30 00
  • How to get there: Metro L4, stop Jaume I. Bus 14, 17, 19, 39, 40, 45, 51 and 59. Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Pla de Palau.
  • Web site: www.museupicasso.bcn.es
Opening time:
  • Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays, from 10am to 8pm.
  • January 1st, May 1st, June 24th December 25th & 26th closed.




In the old city of Barcelona you can also visit other beautiful places:







Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to more beautiful and interesting places of Barcelona.


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