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Things you did not know about Ciutat Vella in Barcelona

Ciutat Vella is numbered as the district 1 in the city of Barcelona and, consequently, the oldest and most historic of all. Therefore, it is not surprising that this district is home to many surprises and secrets. Through the following 10 facts, we want to reveal everything that you did not know about this district.

1. This town is not 'beautiful', but 'old'. Mistakenly, many people think that the name of this district means 'Beautiful City', when 'vella' in Catalan actually means 'old'.

2. This district was surrounded by a wall from the 6th century to the 15th century.

3. Even today it houses a stretch of the old wall. The last remains of the wall that fortified the city of Barcelona are located next to Atarazanas.

4. Founded by the Romans, this town once stretched from Collserola, which is known today as La Rambla, to Junqueras, which is Via Laietana.

5. It is formed by four symbolic neighbourhoods: El Raval, La Barceloneta, Gótico, and San Pedro. Santa Catalina and La Rivera are the neighbourhoods that make up this district.
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6. Ciutat Vella was the entire Barcelona. For a long time, the municipality of Barcelona was entirely known as this district, although later Ensanche and the rest of the other neighbourhoods that make it up were added.

7. The Cathedral of Barcelona. This monument in the district started its construction in 1298, but it wasn't until the 1900 when the cathedral managed to make an appearance.

8. The Universal Exposition of Barcelona in 1888. This event took place within the district that we are talking about here and it represented its leap towards modernity. It is considered the key event in the advancement of the city followed by the 1992 Olympic Games.

9. It is partly on the sea. If it were not for the island of Maians in the mid-fifteenth century, there would be no Barceloneta today.

10. The cemeteries of Gótico. It may seem a bit strange but the old parish cemeteries are, nowadays, the public squares of this iconic neighbourhood.



Buying or renting a home in Ciutat Vella is no doubt one of the dreams of many people who wish to reside in the heart of Barcelona. If it is also yours and you want to enjoy all the charm of the district, get in touch with Engel & Völkers.

At Engel & Völkers, the leading company in the high standing property sector in Barcelona, we currently have a large variety of properties for sale and rent within this symbolic district. Our team of advisers will inform you and help you in everything you need.



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