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Catherine Howley

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Born in Galway, Catherine studied history of art and architecture at Trinity College Dublin. She moved to Granada in 2007, and spent a year studying Spanish history and literature, and Islamic art and architecture. In 2011, she moved to Barcelona and completed a postgrad in Museum Studies at the Pompeu Fabra. She is interested in the social history of Spain and works as a guide specialising in the Civil War and pre-Civil War periods.

On June 18th Barcelona will commemorate George Orwell and his efforts to quell social injustice. Read more

FEATURES

Entrada and Salida signs in Barcleona

Photo by Tara Shain

Usually found on the corners of buildings and placed at a height of over two metres, these plaques remind us of a time when traffic control was quite a hectic proposal. Read more

History

A mysterious shipwreck figurehead that became a local legend. Read more

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Photo by Marie Martin.

The mysterious disappearance of Andreu Nin. Read more

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Gaudí’s proposed redemption for the ‘City of Bombs’. Read more

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Photo by Anna Baxter

Barcelona’s urban dairies once provided fresh milk to the city Read more

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Photo courtesy of Isabel Cocker

An arson attack changed the people's church forever. Read more

History

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

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The assassination of ‘Sugar Boy’, a trade union activist. Read more

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This emblem of the old town on Carrer del Bisbe is actually a relatively new addition. Read more

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An ode to the versatility of the cannabis plant at sea. Read more

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Graffiti is nothing new in Barcelona. Read more

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A message sent from above left its mark on this city centre square. Read more

History

Domènech i Montaner caused a stir with his surprising interpretation of justice. Read more

History

Remnants of a discreet code that once marked the city’s brothels remain hidden in corners of the Born. Read more

History

Tombstones from the former Jewish cemetery on MontjuÏc were used to build this 16th-century palace in the Gothic Quarter. Read more

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During the Industrial Revolution, low wages and bad living conditions forced some families to leave their children at the orphanage. Read more

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

IN THE CITY

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

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