Park Guell, famous as one of the works of Antoni Gaudi (and inspired by the English garden cities), was actually originally commissioned by Eusebi Guëll to be an up-market housing estate. No-body wanted to purchase one of the proposed luxury houses because it was felt the estate was too far from the city centre.
Barcelona’s beaches were formed during the construction work for the 1992 Olympics. They have proved to be very popular ever since.
The most walked pedestrian street in Spain is Barcelona’s Portal de l’Àngel. 3,500 people walk down it every hour.
Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia recently became a basilica when it was consecrated by The Pope on 7 Nov 2010.
Freddie Mercury was asked to write & perform a song for the opening of the 1992 Olympic Games. The result was the iconic “Barcelona”. However, he died before the opening ceremony, and the other half of this duet, Montserrat Caballé, was so upset that she refused to perform it at the ceremony.
FC Barca’s Camp Nou stadium is the biggest privately owned stadium in the world, with a seating capacity for up to 100, 000 people.
The book, Homage to Catalonia, was written by George Orwell in Barcelona, in 1938.
The area around Barcelona, renowned for its vineyards & wine-making was also the birthplace of cava, the Spanish equivalent of champagne, and invented by Josep Raventos of the Cordorníu wine-making family.
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Can you think of no. 21 of Things you didn’t know about Barcelona?!