In the framework of the ‘IX Trobada de coordinadores autonòmiques d’ONGD’, I was invited to organize a cultural walk in Barcelona for the ‘FCONGD’ (Catalan Federation for Development NGOs). The participants came from different parts of Spain, and the idea was to introduce them to some historic and cultural elements of the city. Starting in El Raval, we strolled through El Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) and off to El Born.
The highlights of the itinerary included:
– Plaza Sant Jaume, home to the Generalitat (Catalan Parliament) and the Ajuntament (City Hall) and once the ‘forum’ of Barcino (the Roman nucleus of present-day Barcelona);
– Plaza Reial, the only portico-lined square in the city and home to Gaudí’s earliest public works (his famous lampposts);
– Fossar de les Moreres, where an eternal flame glows high up the memorial for the fallen Catalans that defended their city during the French siege, before it finally fell in 1714.
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