Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria

Historic Building in La Ribera

Launched in 2013 as part of the events held for the tercentenary of the Catalan defeat in the War of the Spanish Succession, this cultural space is housed in the former Mercat del Born, a handsome 19th-century structure of slatted iron and brick. Excavation in 2001 unearthed remains of whole streets flattened to make way for the much-hated ciutadella (citadel) – these are now on show on the exposed subterranean level.

On the ground floor, panels give information about the ruins, and an exhibition space shows items from the period and explains in greater depth the events surrounding the destruction of the area. There is also a stark and lofty restaurant serving Catalan cuisine, and a gift shop selling upmarket and high-design souvenirs, along with books about the region.