Monday, May 23, 2011

BARCELONA GOTHIC QUARTER: BARCINO ROMAN CITY

Inside the Barcelona Gothic Quarter there are plenty of places where you can discover the ancient roman city of Barcino, the origin of the current Barcelona. The route I suggest to you begins in a quiet square called Villa de Madrid, located very near La Rambla and Plaça Catalunya.

This route will let you visit:

  • A Roman Necropolis
  • An aqueduct arch
  • La Casa de l'Ardiaca (Archdeacon’s House)
  • Columns of the Temple of Augustus
  • Wall and defense towers


Roman Necropolis


Villa de Madrid Square in BarcelonaVilla de Madrid Square contains the most important burial site from the Roman city of Barcino

Tombs in the Roman NecropolisSome of the tombs you can see in this Roman Necropolis

Tombs in the Roman Necropolis of BarcelonaDetail of two tombs, all of them of 70 tombs dating from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD

Barcino, by Joan Brossa


Visual poem by Joan BrossaIn the Plaça Nova, in Barcelona Gothic Quarter, very near the wall of the former Roman city, seven giant letters form the visual poem by Joan Brossa. This poem is his own particular homage to the origins of Barcelona

Aqueduct


Aqueduct arch in Barcelona
In this point of the Plaça Nova, the aqueduct entered the Roman City

Casa de l'Ardiaca


Casa de l'Ardiaca in BarcelonaOn the other side of the aqueduct, stands the entrance to the Casa de l’Ardiaca, or Archdeacon’s House, which contains interesting archaeological remains. The Casa de l’Ardiaca was the residence of the ecclesiastical hierarchy from the 12th century onwards

Columns of the Temple of Augustus


Columns of the Temple of AugustusThe columns of the Temple of Augustus, which are more than 2,000 years old, is one of the city’s best-kept secrets in a building on Carrer Paradís. Inside a small medieval courtyard, the four columns from the Temple of Augustus have survived despite the passing of the centuries

Carrer del Bisbe (Bisbe Street)


Carrer del Bisbe in BarcelonaYou can discover the route of the Decumanus Maximus of the Roman city walking along el Carrer del Bisbe, one of the most interesant streets in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter

Carrer de la Llibreteria (Llibreteria Street)


Carrer de la Llibreteria in BarcelonaYou can discover the route of the Cardo Maximus of the Roman city walking along el Carrer de la Llibreteria

Plaça Sant Jaume (Sant Jaume Square)


Plaça Sant Jaume in BarcelonaThe Plaça Sant Jaume is located at the place where the main streets of Roman Barcino converged: the Cardus and the Decumanus. This place was the Roman forum, the centre of the Roman city where the Temple of Augustus once stood

Walls and defence towers of the Roman City of Barcino


Barcelona Roman wall
This picture shows the location of the sections of the Barcelona Roman wall which can be still seen

Barcelona Roman wall
The royal chapel of Santa Àgata was built in the 14th century, as part of the Palau Reial. It stands elegant on top of the Roman wall, which provides its foundations. If you take a closer look at the Roman wall, you will see that the wall was constructed with materials obtained from other buildings

Defense tower of the Barcelona Roman wall
One of the defense towers of the Barcelona Roman City in Sots-Tinent Navarro Street

House built inside the Barcelona Roman wall
A house built inside one of the section of the Barcelona roman wall in Sots-Tinent Navarro Street





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








Next, some useful information about these places:

Roman Necropolis


- Address: Pl. Villa de Madrid- How to get there:
  • Metro L1 and L3, stop Catalunya.
  • Bus 14, 59 and 91.
  • FGC, stop Catalunya.
  • Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Pl. Catalunya.

Casa de l'Ardiaca


- Address: Santa Llúcia, 1
- How to get there:
  • Metro L4, stop Jaume I.
  • Bus 17, 19, 40 and 45.
  • Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Barri Gòtic.
- Opening time:
  • From Setember 1st to July 1st: Monday to Friday, from 9am to 8.45pm. Saturday, from 9am to 1pm.
  • From July 2nd to August 31st: Monday to Friday, from 9am to 7.30pm.

Columns of the Temple of Augustus


- Address: Paradís, 10 (Centre Excursionista de Catalunya)
- How to get there:
  • Metro L4, stop Jaume I.
  • Bus 17, 19, 40 and 45.
  • Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Barri Gòtic.
- Opening time:
  • From October to May, from 10am to 2pm & 4pm to 8pm.
  • From June to September, from 10am to 8pm.

Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to other beautiful places in Barcelona and other interesting places in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter.


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