Outside of Església de Betlem

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Església de Betlem

La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

On La Rambla with Carrer del Carme, this church was constructed in baroque style for the Jesuits in the late 17th and early 18th centuries to replace a 15h-century church destroyed by fire in 1671. Flames were a recurring theme for this site: the church was once considered the most splendid of Barcelona’s few baroque offerings, but anarchists torched it in 1936.

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1. Palau Moja

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After extensive renovation, Palau Moja – a neoclassical building dating from the second half of the 18th century, which previously housed the Generalitat…

2. Palau de la Virreina

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A rare example of post-baroque building in Barcelona, the Palau de la Virreina is a grand 18th-century rococo mansion (with some neoclassical elements)…

3. Centre de la Imatge

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The Centre de la Imatge is an exhibition space that forms part of the Palau de la Virreina. It hosts mainly – but not exclusively – photography shows.

4. Mercat de la Boqueria

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5. Museu de l’Eròtica

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6. Via Sepulcral Romana


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7. Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi

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Begun in 1320, on the site of a 10th-century Romanesque church, this striking 14th-century basilica is a classic of Catalan Gothic, with an imposing…

8. Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol

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