The origins of Barcelona's Sant Andreu district stem from the traditional farmhouses that were built around the parish church of Sant Andreu del Palomar (which was renovated in the 19th century). This is an area that has been greatly developed with high-speed trains that make it possible to reach all around Sant Andreu.
Nowadays in Sant Andreu, you can still see the charm of a town that's steeped in history and enjoy the numerous business activities. Plaça del Mercadal is a good example as well as Gran de Sant Andreu Street. To enjoy the serenity of the green areas, you can visit the most important parks in this town; La Pegaso and La Maquinista, as well as the former Fabra i Coats factory, which has been transformed into a creative area for new artists.
Among the treasures of Sant Andreu are the Roman remains, as is the case of the aqueduct that supplied water to the "Rec Comtal", crossing all of Barcelona today.
Architectural examples in Sant Andreu
The Bac de Roda bridge is a very characteristic example of the architecture in this municipality. Santiago de Calatrava was the architect who started the project in 1985.
The Casa Bloc is another fine example of the working-class residence, with two hundred duplex properties that are adorned with gardens.
More than just a neighbourhood
Sant Andreu is still very much proud of its traditional character as an independent town. Its industrial buildings, now transformed into cultural centres, are a clear evidence of this.
Traditions and festivals
The fiestas and traditions of Sant Andreu are a meeting point for many tourists and visitors. The Three Tombs (Tres Tombs) in Barcelona, is celebrated in this district first, with the blessing of different animals and domestic pets.
The Esclat Andreuenc is an annual parade that awakens the neighbours with the sound of fireworks.
Present and future
As you can see, there are many hidden treasures in Sant Andreu's history. This is a rural town that has today become urbanised and is an important part of Barcelona. It is also one of the first examples in Catalonia of what have been, throughout the centuries, the workers' struggles, the support of the locals for fair working conditions and the birth of trade unionism.
Every year, the inhabitants of Sant Andreu are responsible for preserving the traditions of this town and their roots as they combine these with modernity.
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