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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.

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Photo by Marie Martin.

The mysterious disappearance of Andreu Nin. more

History

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

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Photo by Anna Baxter

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

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Photo courtesy of Isabel Cocker

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

History

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

History

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

History

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

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

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Graffiti is nothing new in Barcelona. more

History

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

History

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

History

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

History

On July 5th Barcelona will commemorate George Orwell and his efforts to quell social injustice. more

FEATURES

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

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

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