Sant Pere-Santa Caterina: another Gothic labyrinth

Published on 22nd May 2017

The western part of Sant Pere -Santa Caterina and La Ribera is less crowded than the sector that presides over the church of Santa María del Mar and the Cultural Center of El Born. But it preserves the same layout of streets and alleys that are cut, appear and disappear in a place where even the most expert can be lost.
At its extreme west was the Rec Comtal, which can be guessed by the erratic layout of the street that bears its name, and which was a medieval hydraulic work that, coming from the river Besòs, brought water to the city (in fact , In the nearby Montcada there are still sections of the old canal).
In the ‘pacified’ streets like Allada Vermell and in the spaces that leave the crosses in the form of small squares, such as Sant Agustí Vell or Sant Pere, there is never a bar with a couple of terraces to enjoy a glass without The burden of transit.
The toponymy of the streets remind that this neighborhood was the small country of many craftsmen, such as Sombrerers, Agullers or Carders, and if we must talk about trades, the merchants were concentrated since the Middle Ages in the property that now occupies the market of Santa Caterina, who after a profound process of reform now displays a beautiful ceiling of colors, tribute to the trencadís made famous by Gaudí in his works.
Towards the north, from end to end of the neighborhood is deployed the Parc de la Ciudatella. The site had welcomed the feared fortress with which Felipe V subjugated the rebellion that appeared every so often in Catalonia, and after its demolition in 1868, became the first park of the city. It is still one of the favorite walks of Barcelonans, and in addition to its diverse flora, you can also see interesting buildings such as the Parliament of Catalonia (former powder fortress of the military citadel), the former museum of zoology (attention to its modernist dome) And the Hibernacle, among others. For the aromas, the visitor will detect that it is within walking distance of the Barcelona Zoo, although a decade ago we have already left Copito de Nieve, its most famous inhabitant.

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