8 Curiosities Barcelona that you cannot miss

Discover 8 unknown curiosities about the city of Barcelona and rediscover its most mysterious and hidden places.

Barcelona is one of the most cosmopolitan European cities in the world, along its long streets tourists and visitors from all over the world circulate who year after year walk through its most emblematic neighborhoods.

The hotels and restaurants in Barcelona represent a very important attraction in the city’s economy and that is why hospitality and Mediterranean gastronomy play an important role in their function, especially when there is an extensive monumental component.

In today’s article, we will present you 8 curiosities that you did not know about the city of Barcelona, reviewing some details that the local population itself does not know.

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Columbus finger's

Near the Barceloneta neighborhood you can find the famous statue of Columbus in Barcelona pointing to the horizon with his finger.
statue of christopher columbus Barcelona
For some time now, many studies have investigated where the hand really points and it has been confirmed that his index finger does not point precisely to the Indians, but to Genoa, his homeland.

Barcelona's underground

The Barcelonesa railway network hides some abandoned or boarded up metro stations, the transport network is quite extensive and even in some stations such as Via Laietana, electoral posters from the time are preserved.
abandoned metro station Barcelona
The railway layout served as a set to shoot some films such as REC or the machinist. There are metro stations that do not appear on the Rodalies map.

Dragons and maidens

Around the city of Barcelona many sculptures of dragons and women can be found on the facades of the city.
Barcelona facade dragon statue
Face of Barcelona brothel woman
Dragons are a tribute to the legend of Sant Jordi, the patron saint of the city, and can be found in the iconography of many buildings such as the Casa Amatller, the Palau de la Generalitat, the Casa de les Punxes…
The sculptures of women or rather the portraits (like those of the Born), are one of the legacies of the city, which were used to show visitors the location of the brothels.

Barcelona's origins

Currently there are different theories about the foundation of the city and its legacy that is related to the Phoenician, Carthaginian, Iberian and Arab civilizations.
Roman city of Barcelona representation
image by: https://www.virtimeplace.com/es/barcino
The most accepted theory is that the Romans, in their desire to colonize, founded Barcino in the 13-15th century BC with the aim of discharging the most veteran soldiers of the legions.
Barcelona cartaginesa
The second version refers to a Carthaginian general Amílcar Barca, father of the famous Hannibal who founded the city taking the name of his family, who ruled the territory until the 3rd century BC.

The origins of the Condal city

If you have ever wondered why the city of Barcelona is also known as “Ciudad Condal”, it is mainly because in the past the Barcelona region was divided into counties.

Each county was governed by a count and the county of Barcelona was the most important, with the passage of time the counties and the territories were unified.

Old map medieval Barcelona
The title of “County” makes references to the counties of the past.

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The olympic beaches

You may not believe it, but long before the 1992 Olympics, the city didn’t count on them.

There was only one coast without sandy areas, but as a result of hosting the Olympic Games, beaches were created in the sea area to beautify the city.

Barcelona beach
barcelona port beach
Later, the beaches of Barcelona became popular with tourists and today they still have the problem of overcrowding.

The football team of god is... FC Barcelona?

One of the best-known works in the city is the Basilica of Santa María del Mar, a religious construction from the 14th century, which currently has the decoration of an asset of cultural interest.

Inside it houses different stained-glass windows and scenes that evoke the most important moments of Christianity, but if you visit it….

gothic church santa maria del mar
interior nave santa maria del mar
escudo del barça santa maria del mar
You can find a window colored with the colors of FC Barcelona, ​​this is not an isolated event, since during the civil war it caught fire and the team was one of its sponsors.

The vampire of Barcelona

In the darkest part of the city of Barcelona, ​​the story of Enriqueta Martí Ripollés is told, a Catalan criminal who became popular for being a child kidnapper.
Enriqueta Marti Barcelona's vampire

It is said that apart from prostituting them, he used their blood and that of his clients to make healing poultices for his clients.

To this day it is not known exactly if the version of the story is the correct one, since Enriqueta herself died prematurely in prison.

And so far our most mysterious curiosities of Barcelona. We hope that this little article, like the history of the Carrer de les Heures, has helped you discover new anecdotes about the city.

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