Poble Sec, Barcelona’s cultural neighborhood

Poble sec

Between the mountain of Montjuïc and Avinguda del Paral·lel, in the district of Sants-Monjtuïc, you find one of the oldest neighborhoods in Barcelona, Poble Sec. This neigborhood was the first Eixample of Barcelona, before the creation of Cerdà’s urban plan that led to the current Eixample. In 1854, year when ended the moderate decade in Spain, Barcelona’s walls were demolished, and finally, the old city could begin to expand. Five years later, Cerdà’s urban plan was approved, however, the lack of infrastructure and other reservations made ​​the growth of the city outside the walls a slow process and toke some years to start building.

Throughout its history, this poor neighborhood of Barcelona has welcomed people of all cultures, providing an enormous cultural wealth to the city. If you travel to Barcelona and do not know what to see, you can not miss the opportunity to visit one of the most welcoming, attractive and historic districts of the city. Located in the Paral·lel, next to Poble Sec, you find one of the most renowned theaters in the city, El Molino. El Molino opened its doors for the first time in 1898, but it was not until the twentieth century when it reached its golden age under the name of Petit Moulin Rouge. This known theater was the place where the masses flocked from all over Europe in order to escape censorship, spending limits and knowing the essence of the forbidden.

 

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Other attractions in the neighborhood of Poble Sec are the Church of Santa Madrona with its spectacular modernist portico, Plaza de Santa Madrona, the Agriculture Palace, the Palace of Graphic Arts, the Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia, Laribal gardens, Teatre Grec, the Ethnological Museum, the known Font del Gat and one of the best museums in the city, Fundació Miró. The set of buildings, landmarks, museums and citizens make Poble Sec one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in Barcelona.

Author: Gijlmar / photo on flickr

 

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