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30/04/2014: Barcelona Part II, Architecture & History

Since I love everything to do with history, I found Barcelona and the city's architecture absolutely fascinating, and I can't resist sharing some of the photos here on the blog.

First of all, there was the Old Town with its many narrow lanes and every now and then a piece of the old Roman wall popping up where you least expected it. It was wonderful walking on the old paved streets, worn down by thousands of feet through the ages. I couldn't resist a visit to the Historical Museum too, where you can see a large area (4,000 sq.m.) of excavated Roman ruins, criss-crossed by walkways that showed everything in detail. I'm always astonished at how the archaeologists can decipher old ruins and tell us exactly what each building was for, in this case a Roman laundry, dyeing workshop and a winemaking facility among other things!

Then there was the architecture of the buildings themselves. The fantastic creations of Gaudi of course - the cathedral of La Sagrada Familia has to be seen to be believed! - but all over the town, on every street, there were some amazing houses. I fell in love with quite a few, especially the Art Nouveau ones, and could quite happily live in an apartment there! See here for yourselves and let me know what you think please.

I'm sure there was a lot that I missed, so I'm just going to have to go back another time!

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