The nowadays popular hip area, with dozens of small bars and café places, was once the heart of a city inside the walls of Barcelona. The medieval era remains present in the Born district, where almost every street was from a craftsmen guild.

Along the narrow streets there are many shops with special plaques in the ground, as a token for ongoing the same business over a hundred years. Passeig del Born, considered the center of the historical district, takes the view to the Santa María del Mar church. Right next to it, the “Fossar de les Moreres” the monument, built over the cemetery for the fallen during the Siege of Barcelona by Spanish troops in 1714. The inscription says: “Not one traitor is buried in the Fossar de les Moreras, even when our flags are lost it will be an urn of honour.”

To go deeper into the history of Barcelona, a visit to the Cultural center of Born CCM will satisfy any doubt about the old times of the city, the Siege and how Barcelona was structured at the time. There are several museums and important buildings in the district, like the Picasso Museum, the Palau de la Música Catalana, the Modern art museum, the Museum of World Cultures, the local Santa Caterina market, and even the Chocolate museum.

A new and original way to discover the streets and history of the Born district and the nearby Gothic quarter is the use of VR glasses. The company PastView Experience offers the chance to visit the streets and combines historical video explanations about the city, with characters and scenifications from the medieval times, all using the Virtual Reality glasses. Check their services here.

On the limits of the district of the Born and Ribera, the Arch of Triumph marks its boundaries, all along the Lluís Companys avenue. At the end of the avenue, the Ciutadella Park, in its origins, fortress built after the Secession War, and against the citizens of Barcelona, not to protect them. Afterwards it was destroyed during the 19th Century, it was converted and held the International Exposition of 1888. Nowadays, the Parliament of Catalunya is located here. The park is an open space for everyone to enjoy, and the zoo of Barcelona is within its limits.

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