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    Ramon Berenguer III “the Great”
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    Gothic Quarter

    by Oleg_D. Written May 23, 2014

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    Gothic Quarter or Barry Gotic in Catalan is the area in the central part of modern Barcelona limited by the La Rambla to Via Laietana and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere. This is the part of so called Siutat Vella or Old city. In fact real Gothic quarter limited by the remains of Ancient Roman walls of Barcino built in IV century A.D.
    One of the masterpieces of Gothic Quarter is Eastern wall of Casa Cuitat or City Hall. Although the mane façade of City Hall was built in XIX century its eastern wall is gothic build in XV century decorated be the gargoyles, statues of saints and angels and Royal Aragonese coats of arms. This was is at the Carrer de la Cuitat.

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    Gothic Quarter, Part II.

    by Oleg_D. Written May 23, 2014

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    Gothic Quarter or Barry Gotic in Catalan is the area in the central part of modern Barcelona limited by the La Rambla to Via Laietana and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere. This is the part of so called Siutat Vella or Old city. In fact real Gothic quarter limited by the remains of Ancient Roman walls of Barcino built in IV century A.D.
    The best examples of Gothic architecture you can find near the apse of the Cathedral at Carrer la Pietat and Carrer del Bisbe. Y will be able to observe masterpieces of gothic art there such as building and sculptures of angel and especially the bas-relief with Saint George in full suit of armor typical for the first half of XV century.

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    Gothic Quarter, Part III.

    by Oleg_D. Written May 23, 2014
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    Gothic Quarter or Barry Gotic in Catalan is the area in the central part of modern Barcelona limited by the La Rambla to Via Laietana and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere. This is the part of so called Siutat Vella or Old city. In fact real Gothic quarter limited by the remains of Ancient Roman walls of Barcino built in IV century A.D. These Roman walls were used as the bearing wall for many medieval structures such as the Palace Chapel, Royal Palace and Palace of Archdeacon. These ancient Roman walls are very similar to those built by Marcus Aurelius in Roma. Especially excellently preserved fragment of Roman wall you can see at Carrer Sots Tinent Navarro not far from Placa de Ramon Berenguer el Gran (Square of Ramon Berenguer the Great).

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    Gothic Quarter, Part IV

    by Oleg_D. Written May 23, 2014

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    Gothic Quarter or Barry Gotic in Catalan is the area in the central part of modern Barcelona limited by the La Rambla to Via Laietana and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere. This is the part of so called Siutat Vella or Old city. In fact real Gothic quarter limited by the remains of Ancient Roman walls of Barcino built in IV century A.D. These Roman walls were used as the bearing wall for many medieval structures such as the Palace Chapel, Royal Palace and Palace of Archdeacon. Here you can see the view at ancient roman walls and Palace Chapel from the Square of Ramon Berenguer the Great. At this square you can see the monument of mentioned Count of Barcelona.

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    Gothic Quarter

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 21, 2014
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    The Gothic Quarter or "Barri Gòtic" is the oldtown centre of Barcelona, with many buildings dating back to medieval or even roman times. It is a pedestrian-only area, with many small intersecting streets and squares. Despite its name, additions were made in the 19th - 20th century, so it is not a purely medieval oldtown.

    Geographically, it covers the area between the waterfront and Ronda de Sant pere and between Las Ramblas and Via Via Laietana.

    Among the main sights are the Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia, the adiacent "claustre" (cloister), the "Bridge of Sighs", Basilica of La Mercè and Placa Reial.

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    Monument of five Heroes.

    by Oleg_D. Written May 9, 2014

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    This realist monument stands in surprising contrast to the predominant Gothic style of the surrounding buildings. It portrays five martyrs who were executed following an attempted uprising against the French troops during the occupation of Barcelona in 1808. Their names were Joaquín Pou, Juan Gallifa, José Navarro, Juan Massana and Salvador Aulét they met their cruel death on the garrote with dignity.
    In XX century the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera culminated with the dedication of a monument to the heroes of the 1809 uprising. At the year of 1929 Josep Llimona was commissioned to create the five bronze elements that surmount the plinth. The sculptures of five heroes are marked by a realism that is devoid of dramatism and show the people who had been condemned to the garrote, shortly before their execution at the Citadel. They were accused of attempting to free Barcelona from the French forces of occupation that had made the city their stronghold during the War of the Spanish Succession of 1808-1813. The plaque on the plinth bears the names of the patriots. An alabaster relief was added to the monument in 1941, when it was rededicated following the Spanish Civil War. It depicts a series of angels and was sculpted by Vicenç Navarro. The monument is enclosed by ceramic benches. The tiling, based on an engraving by Bonaventura Planella, portrays the entrance of the Napoleonic troops to the city. A monument located right in front of the Cathedral’s cloister where five martyrs were buried, contrasts in style and theme with the predominant Gothic architecture of the area.

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    Square of Saint Justus & Fivaller fountain

    by Oleg_D. Written May 9, 2014

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    Outside of the Saints Justus and Pastor in the Square of Saint Justus (Placa de San Just) is a final surprise is in store the Fivaller fountain, which is also Gothic in style. There are some other elements of medieval gothic architecture in the square.

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    Esglèsia dels Sants Just i Pastor

    by Oleg_D. Written May 9, 2014

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    This church dedicated to Saints Justus and Pastor, (died c. 304) they both are venerated as Christian martyrs. They were two schoolboys (Justus was thirteen years old and Pastor less than nine) who were executed for their faith during the persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. They were flogged and beheaded outside the Spanish city of Alcalá de Henares (known in Roman times as Complutum), today they are considered the patron saints of both Alcalá and Madrid. This church pretends to be one of the eldest churches of Barcelona. First church dedicated to Saints Justus and Pastor was founded in 801 AD by Frankish King Luis the Pious. Nothing remained from that church. Church that we can see and visit today was founded in 1342. On one side, the 15th-century octagonal tower lends height to the ensemble. The facade, which was restored in the Neo-Gothic style, leads into a peaceful and charming interior.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Visitors are allowed to take non-commercial photos without flash light and tripod
    Opening time:
    Monday to Saturday:
    from 11:00 to 14:00
    & from 17:00 to 20:00
    Sunday: from 10:00 to 13:00

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    Esglèsia dels Sants Just i Pastor/Interiors

    by Oleg_D. Written May 9, 2014

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    It is perhaps the simplicity of the structure, comprising a single nave and polygonal apse that explains the beauty of this church. It is closed off by a cross vault featuring keystones depicting the life of the Virgin. The chapel of “Sant Feliu i la Santa Creu” contains a XVIth-century altarpiece depicting the Passion, which competes with the XIXth-century, neoclassical main altarpiece.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Visitors are allowed to take non-commercial photos without flash light and tripod

    Opening time:
    Monday to Saturday:
    from 11:00 to 14:00
    & from 17:00 to 20:00
    Sunday: from 10:00 to 13:00

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    Esglèsia dels Sants Just i Pastor/High Altar

    by Oleg_D. Written May 9, 2014

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    High altar made in XVI century was reconstructed several times before it got its present classicism style appearance. Over the icon of Jesus our Savior traditionally for Catalan churches placed the statue of Madonna of Montserrat or Black Madonna.
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    & from 17:00 to 20:00
    Sunday: from 10:00 to 13:00

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    Esglèsia dels Sants Just i Pastor/Ceiling bosses

    by Oleg_D. Written May 9, 2014

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    Don’t forget to have your look up at the ceiling of the church. Why? Because you will be able to see excellent examples of expressively Gothic ceiling bosses with the scenes from the Gospels. Scenes with the Resurrection of Jesus and sleeping guardians is especially interesting to me because we can see well armored and armed Aragonese men-at-arms of XIV century there.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Visitors are allowed to take non-commercial photos without flash light and tripod

    Opening time:
    Monday to Saturday:
    from 11:00 to 14:00
    & from 17:00 to 20:00
    Sunday: from 10:00 to 13:00

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    Esglèsia dels Sants Just i Pastor/Stained glasses

    by Oleg_D. Written May 9, 2014

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    The stained glass windows in the upper windows bathe the interior of the church with colorized light. Unfortunately majority of stained glass windows are not original but mostly made in XIX and XX century.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Visitors are allowed to take non-commercial photos without flash light and tripod

    Opening time:
    Monday to Saturday:
    from 11:00 to 14:00
    & from 17:00 to 20:00
    Sunday: from 10:00 to 13:00

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    Columns of the Temple of Augustus

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 28, 2014

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    As you explore Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter you’ll come across 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. They are more than two thousand years old, like Barcelona itself. The temple was built in the 1st century BC and, as its name suggests, it was dedicated to the worship of Emperor Augustus. It was 37 meters long and 17 meters wide, and the front contained six columns (hexastyle temple). The columns surrounded the entire building, which had a single nave inside. These columns are the part of MUHBA or Museum of the History of Barcelona.

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    Barri Gotico

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 30, 2013

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    The Gothic Quarter is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. It stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere.
    The gothic block of Barcelona is considered one of most well kept ensembles of the medieval Europe. Narrow dark streets, thick walls, freakish water-drains give sensation of ancient city. The block was kept on a place of the Roman settlement Barsino.

    You can watch my 3 min 50 sec Video Barcelona Gothic Quarter part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    You can watch my photo of Barcelona on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 23' 0.04" N 2° 10' 35.03" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Barri Gothic.

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    Ramon Berenguer III “the Great”

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Sep 28, 2013

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    Ramon Berenguer III “the Great” is the sculpture by Josep Llimona i Bruguera a famous Catalan sculptor in the Barri Gotico. I’ve never heard about him. You can learn about this count of Barcelona here.

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  • Dec 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    para repetir en el castellano, "En algun lugar al norte de las ramblas, y al sur de Via Laietana, en lugar al oriente u oeste--dentro de unas cuantas cuadras de--Carrer de Ferran, me encontre en un studio/taller pequenito. La duena es mujer. Alquila espacio por periodos breves a los artistas para exhibiciones temporalis. Un espacio acogedor, intimo pequeno y rico. No me acuerdo del nombre del taller.

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