20th century

A tribute to Sir Alexander Fleming, the Scottish physician who discovered penicillin. more


A previously hidden sign on the church of Santa Maria del Pi survived the dictatorship unnoticed until 2004. more


After discussing its fate for 40 years, the city has finally decided to shut down La Modelo prison. more

In the City

1930's Raval posed a challenge for the city’s developers. Le Corbusier was in favour of a radical solution. more


The 1992 Olympics created several lasting impacts on the city, from infrastructure to its status as one of the top destinations for tourists. more


One of the oldest theme parks in the world, the Tibidabo amusement park has been entertaining the inhabitants of Barcelona for generations. more


This year marks the Hospital del Mar’s 100th birthday, and the city has been celebrating the centenary with a variety of institutional, scientific and cultural events since last November. more



Photo by Josep Maria Contel i Ruiz

Another Civil War shelter is discovered beneath the barri of Sant Andreu. more


Of the countless steps that can be taken through the alleyways and avenues of Barcelona, how many are contemplated in terms of their historical significance? more

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97-year-old Ernesto Carratalá recounts his memories of the Spanish Civil War. By Jamie Melbourne-Hayward more


Hospital Sant Pau

Photo by Lorenzo Vecchia

After four years of painstaking restoration work, the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau finally reopened its elaborate gates to the public in March this year. more


Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War

Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona. Photographer: Pérez de Rosas

Barcelona has embarked on a major project to show life as it was here after the Spanish Civil War more


Woman of letters

Photo by Lee Woolcock

Montserrat Abelló is one of Catalunya’s leading poets and writers, with a life story that encapsulates the region’s recent history more


How Irish footballer Paddy O'Connell kept FC Barcelona going through the Spanish Civil War. more


Turo de la Rovira

Photo by Carol Moran

Far from the city centre, Turó de la Rovira has provided both shelter and security to Barcelona residents more


Sant Andreu parish church

Photo courtesy of Centre d’Estudis Ignasi Iglésias.

Sant Andreu is today a peaceful area of Barcelona, but its past is filled with conflict and rebellion. more


Homage to Catalonia

Image courtesy: Penguin Group

Published exactly 75 years ago, George Orwell’s 'Homage to Catalonia' has become a classic but its beginnings were anything but auspicious more


Fifty years after its first publication, a new English translation is available of one of the best-known Catalan novels, 'La plaça del Diamant' more

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Nick Lloyd takes a trip to Montjuïc to explore a memorial to victims of the Franco dictatorship and Nazi concentration camps more

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While the Spanish Civil War raged on, foreign journalists joined forces to tell the story of the destruction more