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Plaza de Toros Monumental
Plaza de Toros Monumental
#About the Hall

The impressive hall, which you are now looking at, was originally built for the bullfights that took place in Catalonia. Yes, until a few years ago it was an arena for bullfights and wars against bulls that we designed.

Catalonia, as of the date of writing the guide, is the only province in Spain that has stopped the practice of bullfights. This has happened in a number of bullfights arena in recent decades, where bullfights have been banned under the law. In La Monumental, for example, bullfights were held until 2013.

The style of the building is Mori and Byzantine, and was inaugurated in 1914 under the name Plaza de El Sport. In 1916 it was renamed the Plaza Monumental de Barcelona. Today there are more than 20,000 visitors to the venue for music and circus performances.


#About the Bullfights

Bullfighting in Spain is an ancient ceremonial practice, often until the bull is killed. Bullfight is based on the bullfighter called "Matador," who uses a red cloth to irritate the bull and then fights with the sword until the warrior himself or the bull are hurt and surrender.

The roots of the bullfighting practice are very ancient and have already been found in the Bronze Age. The Bullfighter, with the red cloth, came later. What is amazing is that, contrary to popular belief, it is not the red color that causes the bull to get angry and attack the matador, but the waving of the canvas and its motion. A little amusing that the phrase "red rag" is common in the world to describe something irritating ...

This activity is popular in countries with Spanish culture, such as Spain, Mexico, Portugal, and even southern France. Bullfighters breed the most violent and nervous bulls.

In recent years, the bullfights have been outlawed in many countries and also in Spain, mainly because of the abuse of bulls. It turns out that beyond the abuse in the arena itself, in the weeks before the fight against the Matador, the bull is put through a process that exhausts him, by means of various and most cruel methods. For this reason, bullfights are highly contested, even among a large part of the Spanish public. This resistance is reinforced by animal rights organizations that strongly oppose the killing of animals for entertainment purposes.
Camp Nou
Camp Nou
#About the Barca Stadium

Ladies and Gentlemen - you have reached the temple of European soccer. This is the home stadium of the Barcelona team. There is no Barca without Camp Nou. You can learn about the history of one of the most hailed soccer teams in the world.

The soccer stadium of the Barcelona team is Camp Nou, the "new field." There are 100,000 seats, and the entire place is about 55,000 square meters, making it the largest stadium in Europe, and one of the largest in the world.

In 1954, the first ceremony in Camp Nou took place. Then a crowd of about 60,000 came, and since then the crowds have only grown. For the premier game in the stadium, there was a crowd of 90,000 visitors, and the number of seats has only been growing since. The number of seats today reach 99,354.



#A Tour in the Barca Museum

In the stadium there is also the official museum for the Barcelona Soccer Club, known as Barca. If you book a tour in Camp Nou you can see the club museum with many souvenirs and historical items, a trophy room, multimedia room, dressing room, entrance tunnel, entrance to the stands, and the famous way to the field, as well as a souvenir shop at the entrance.

Beyond the soccer events here, there are also many cultural events, like performances by artists and concerts by talented musicians.

During a tour of the stadium you can also visit the Sports Museum. This is a new museum, modern and with a system of interactive speakers and light. There are two places where nostalgic items for the club are placed. On the first floor, you will mainly sculptures and items from different fields, and on the second-floor, writings and photos of the Barca players throughout the years.



#New Design

In 2007 the Club opened an international competition to design the stadium from scratch, to fit the new needs of the club. Over 80 architects applied with ideas for the new stadium, and finally, the design of Norman Foster and his company won, who designed Wembley Stadium. For the reconstruction about 250 million euro were put aside, with two important conditions: 1. respect the original building. 2. end the renovations in the shortest time possible and to continue to hold games during the works. Eventually, the plan was never executed for the lack of ability of the team to pay for the renovations.

7 years later, in 2014, it was decided to renovate the stadium anyways, and a plan was made to expand the seating places of the stadium to 105,000, covering the exits, adding VIP booths, and redoing the exterior of the stadium. The work is due to be finished around 2021.




A Closer Look at Camp Nou:

https://youtu.be/huOQ_IHXcy8


The FC Barcelona Football Stadium Tour:

https://youtu.be/UDkyCPhZ6nw
Font Mgica de Montjuc
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
#About the Magical Fountain

One of the famous attractions of Barcelona, a celebration for both adults and children, is the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc (Font Màgica de Montjuïc). You can see its full glory, at the footsteps of the Royal Palace. Like many buildings around it, the Royal Palace was built for the World Expo of Barcelona in 1929. Beyond the large fountain, that cannot be missed, an impressive avenue leads to more than 80 small fountains.

The fountain was designed by the enlightened fountain designer Carles Buïgas. Before it was even built, Buïgas created particularly ambitious plans, and many doubted his ability to stand according to the short timetable. He did not give up, and he brought more than 3,000 workers that volunteered for the task, and a year of working lead to the opening exhibit that was held for the first fountain performance.

During the Spanish Civil War the fountain was severely damaged, and only in 1955 did renovations take place, overseen by Buïgas.

In the 1980's the fountain show was upgraded with music and lights. Special characteristics - the combination of the motion of water, together with the lights and music that joins in, creates a hypnotizing show for the whole family. Every half an hour a new show begins that lasts for about 10 minutes. Today the show combines music from movies, classical music, and songs by famous artists.


#Tips

The Magic Fountain is opened throughout the year on Friday and Saturday nights, and during summer also on Thursday nights.


A Closer Look at the Fountain:

https://youtu.be/i5EUo_1P0sg


A different atmosphere:

https://youtu.be/9TME56Fj_aQ


A visit:

https://youtu.be/8DFHyxlJdn0
Xurreria Manuel San Romn
Xurreria Manuel San Román
#About the Best Churros in Barcelona

Many recommend the Xurreria Manuel San Román, for the best churros in Barcelona.

The delicious churros that you will get here, a type of donut, Spanish donuts, have been made here since 1968. You can dip these into choco-latte, a thick chocolate drinks, rich and sweet, exactly like is expected in Span, served together with churros and special dip.

The sweet desserts are the luxury of desserts in Barcelona. Crispy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside, and not too sweet, are the best desserts in the city, or a really fun breakfast, in a Spanish style, next to a cup of cappuccino or espresso.

Enjoy!


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/bKmn5Raahy4

Experiences in Barcelona

Catedral de Santa Eulalia
Cathedral of Barcelona
#About the Impressive Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona

The Cathedral of Barcelona, Cathedral of Saint Eulalia, is a large and impressive building, whose turrets are tall and decorated with decorations fitting the Gothic style of the 13th and 14th centuries. Around the cathedral is a protective thick and tall wall.

In the cathedral sits the Archbishop of the city. An Archbishop is an administrative title in Christianity, given to a bishop that stands at the head of provincial churches of a certain area. It was the third cathedral to be built in this place. Before it, two other ancient churches stood here, and before that the area was a pagan cult dedicated entirely to the Roman gods.

Today, many believers of all ages come to the cathedral. They drift to its size and power. The Catalan people and the religious residents of Barcelona, are still conducting religious ceremonies to this day.

On Sunday afternoons, you can come here and see the locals dancing the Sardana in the square before the cathedral - the traditional Catalonian dance. After visitors light a candle in the cathedral, they pray and take part in mass, then they will organize in big circles and dance the favorite dance.


#Architecture of the Cathedral

The cathedral is built in the Gothic style, a style that erupted around Europe in the Middle Ages. The prominent characteristics of the Gothic building are without a doubt the height of the cathedral, the sharp arches, the rounded twists and large windows. Inside the gloomy cathedral the vast wealth invested in the building can be felt. The columns inside reach 26 meters.

The cathedral is built of 28 chapels. The natural light floods the face of the cathedral

Under the cathedral floor are buried people, they can be identified according to symbols engraved on the floors. Notice the drawings of the baking plate with two rolls - the family symbol of a family of bakers buried here. In places where you will see the symbol of skulls, are likely buried here bodies of people who died from the plague that hit the city in 1348.

Even though it is ancient and has stood here for many years, the neo-Gothic exterior of the Cathedral was only created in the 19th century. During the first decade of the 21st century, it also went through another round of renovations. The scaffolding that accompanied the renovation, many steel pipes that helped support the building during the renovation, were removed only in 2012.



#Who Was Eulalia from Barcelona?

You were probably wondering about the meaning of the cathedral. The cathedral is dedicated to a saint that protects the city - the Eulalia from Barcelona. She lived during the Roman period, until she fell into Roman hands in 476. At the age of 13, Eulalia was an avid Christian believer. Even though the Emperor gave specific orders to leave the Christian faith in the Roman Empire, Eulalia refused, and she was given the death sentence. Roman soldiers stripped the girl naked and let her stand in the city square.

The Christian belief says that at this point snow started falling, and it covered the naked saint. The Roman soldiers were furious with anger and put her inside a barrel, that had knives sticking inside. They rolled the barrel down the street, hung her up on a cross, and finally, cut off her head. After her head was cut off, the terrible legend says, a dove flew from her neck to the sky.

In 1339 the body of Eulalia was moved to a gravesite inside the cathedral, in the ancient district of Barcelona. Eulalia, a young Christian lady, is remembered in the Barcelona streets, with statues of her around the city. Each year, on February 12, it is traditional to celebrate Eulalia's holiday.



#Entertainment

Come here on Sundays to see the Catalonians dancing the Sardana at the square in front of the cathedral. Starting at 12:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.



#Tips

The Christmas Market - each year it is set up in front of the cathedral, before Christmas, and visitors can experience the traditional Christmas, with hundreds of stalls, and a peek into the Christmas atmosphere.


Catalonians Dancing the Sardana Outside the Church:

https://youtu.be/slnGYnt4sXY
Mercado de La Boqueria
Mercado de La Boqueria
#About Barcelona's Amazing Food Market

This market is a name in all of Europe and one of the most pleasant and varied food markets in the world. One of the most colorful spots in Barcelona is the Mercado de La Boqueria. Foods, colors, spices, fruits, vegetables, drinks, shakes and sweets - all you can find here. The market is out of Rambla Avenue and has been here for centuries. The La Boqueria is covered and its ceiling is inspired. After a five-minute walk from the entrance to the market you can see the artwork of Joan Miró that is also there.

In the past, there was a monastery called St. Joseph. Back in the 12th century, the market began as a meeting place for butchers, who sold pigs near the monastery. Only in the 19th century did the place begin to receive its status as a market where Barcelona's farmers and fishermen concentrated. In those years, the monastery was also destroyed by a popular anarchist disturbance.

If we are used to thinking of a market as a crowded, noisy, not very clean and messy place, La Boqueria Market represents the opposite - a clean and orderly market that conducts a cooking seminar and a gastronomic school.

However, the magic of the regular market is kept here. The smell of food, the crowded stalls, the abundance of products and the bustle of merchants. Here you will find tempting fruit stalls offering ready dishes of cut and washed fruits, freshly squeezed fruit juices in colored glasses, candy stands, dried fruits, fish and seafood, coffee, chocolate, wines and more. You can also see here slightly less aesthetic stalls, some with heads and legs of a pig, hanging game meat, worms for cooking, insects for eating and more.

In the market La Boqueria there are places where you can sit and have lunch, with many flavors and a variety of kitchens and cooking styles. This market has won many awards and has already been picked more than once as the best food market around the world. What do you say? Should we go tasting?


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