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Nick Lloyd

Santa Maria del Pi

Photo by Alessandro Cani.

Behind Barcelona's real history of buildings and kings, there is another secret city of legends and myths. 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

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Himmler

Courtesy of German Federal Archive

Heinrich Himmler thought that he could find immortality and victory for Germany at Catalunya’s sacred setting of Montserrat more

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Submarine

Photo by Tashoma Lemard

The modern submarine was created by a Catalan socialist. more

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It is 40 years since one of Barcelona's most famous fictional characters, detective Pepe Carvalho, came into being at the hand of writer Manuel Vázquez Montalbán more

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US sailors from the Sixth Fleet buying souvenirs in Barcelona

Photo by Nat Farbman for 'Life' magazine and taken from the book 'La Sisena Flota a Barcelona' by Xavier Theros

Barcelona's fortunes changed in the Franco-governed Fifties thanks to the arrival of the US Navy more

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Air Raid

Photo courtesy of Arxiu fotogràfic del Centre d'Història Contemporània de Catalunya

This month marks the 75th anniversary since air raids started on Barcelona, and a new strategy of modern warfare was born more

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Carrer Marlet

Photo by Mónica Navarro

Once at the heart of Catalan intellectual and economic life, the Jewish population of medieval Barcelona became a target for kings and commoners alike more

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Plaça del Rei

Photo by Mónica Navarro

Take a trip through Barcelona’s past with stories and customs from the city’s old town. more

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In the early confusion of the Spanish Civil War, FC Barcelona’s president Josep Sunyol became one of its first victims more

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Poster for the People’s Olympiad

Source: Biblioteca del Pavelló de la República-CRAI (Universitat de Barcelona)

Exactly 75 years ago, Barcelona was due to host a People’s Olympiad in protest at the Nazi regime’s staging of the Olympic Games. But then history intervened more

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Parallel

Photo by Frederic Ballell

Over the years, Avinguda Paral·lel has hosted an eclectic mix of cafés, erotic shows and political radicals more

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Marshlands in the Delta del Llobregat

Photo by Lucy Brzoska

News of celebrities contracting malaria while visiting foreign climes keeps hitting the headlines, but it's not so long ago that the disease was a major problem in Spain more

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Joan Pujol has been described as the greatest double agent of World War II, proving wars are won with brains as well as bombs more

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Sometimes the red squirrels of the Palau de Pedralbes park come to ground, especially in the afternoon when the army of gardeners has gone home more

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Autumn is the best time of year to observe the praying mantis in and around Barcelona more

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Wild Barcelona: Seeds worth their weight in gold

Photo by Lucy Brzoska

The fruit of the eccentric-looking carob tree has been cultivated for thousands of years more

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Wild Barcelona: Summer Sounds home

Photo by Lucy Brzoska

Barcelona's skies quieten down in August but you can still hear the unmistakable bubbling call of the bee-eaters more

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Wild Barcelona City Raptors home

Photo by Lucy Brzoska

Montjuic's Camí del Mar is a prime spot to observe Barcelona's peregrine falcons indulging in a spot of aerial acrobatics more

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