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  • Barcelona

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  • FC Barcelona

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  • The complete work of Antoni Gaudí

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  • Casa Batlló

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  • The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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  • Antoni Gaudí

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  • The complete work of Antoni Gaudí

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  • Sagrada Familia

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  • Park Güell

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  • The Basílica of the Sagrada Familia

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What you'll find in these books

Barcelona books

The epicentre of major artistic, cultural and social events, the Mediterranean city of Barcelona has excelled and stood out, throughout its long history, for its cutting-edge and experimental personality which has helped make it one of the most dynamic, innovative and cosmopolitan capitals of Europe.

 

These books on Barcelona published by Dosde let the reader find out about the most emblematic places and monuments of this unique Mediterranean city in which cultures from all around the world come together. Within their pages, you will discover the priceless architectonic and artistic heritage of a city in constant renewal process, which has always distinguished itself by maintaining a privileged relationship with the Mediterranean Sea and its peoples and cultures.

 

 

The history of Barcelona

Located on the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Barcelona boasts a thousand-year-old history. The territory today occupied by the city was already inhabited in the Neolithic period, as evidenced by various archaeological remains, though the place did not begin to gain importance until the Roman period, with the founding of a colony that would occupy the heart of the current Gothic Quarter and which, due to its strategic location, would rapidly become an important trading centre.

 

In the Middle Ages, the city became the capital of the Crown of Aragon and experienced a golden age. Books on Barcelona explain how during that time trade in the Mediterranean generated abundant economic benefits that allowed the construction of numerous gothic style buildings, many of which are still visible.

 

After a long period of decline, in the nineteenth century Barcelona entered a new golden age thanks to the effects of industrialization. The city became one of the economic engines of Spain and expanded its boundaries beyond the old medieval walls, annexing the bordering municipalities. Currently, Barcelona enjoys great international projection, which allows it to continue growing in all areas.

 

 

Architecture in Barcelona

Since it was founded in the Roman period, the city has been in constant evolution, a fact that is reflected by the heterogeneous appearance of its urban layout. In the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona the main vestiges of the Middle Ages can be found, when the city was the capital of an extensive maritime empire, while the Eixample is where most of the buildings of the ”Ruta Modernista” are located, amongst them works designed by Antoni Gaudí, such as  Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, also known as Casa Milà.

 

These buildings –to which can be added other works such as Park Güell, the Palau de la Música and Casa Lleó i Morera– demonstrate the close connection that Barcelona architecture had between the late 19th century and the early 20th century with Modernisme or Catalan Modernism, an artistic movement of unmatched beauty.

 

Port Vell, la Rambla, Tibidabo and Montjuíc are other popular corners that appear in books on Barcelona, a city bursting with life that combines busy commercial activity with an important cultural offer, based around institutions such as the Picasso Museum of Barcelona, the Joan Miró Foundation, the Macba and the CCCB.

 

 

 

The secrets of Barcelona

The books on Barcelona published by Dosde reveal some of the most unknown aspects of the city, such as its foundation thanks to the initiative of the Roman Emperor Octavius Augustus. The city was first called Barcino, which possibly comes from the Iberian name Barkeno, and it is believed to have been first inhabited by veteran soldiers who had completed their years of military service with honours. The most important vestige of the Roman era is the Temple of Augustus, built in the first century BC, whose remains can be seen today inside a building of the Gothic Quarter, though on the city's streets here are also the remains of the city walls and the ancient necropolis.

 

Another fascinating fact about Barcelona is that the city has been the backdrop for many novels. The list of books on Barcelona is extensive, with titles such as the Shadow of the Wind, the Cathedral of the Sea or the City of Prodigies. Barcelona even appears in Don Quixote, the reference work of Spanish literature. In fact, the novel's author, Miguel de  Cervantes, resided in the city for a time, in a building located on Passeig de Colom that was completely restored in the 20th century.

 

Apart from being the source of inspiration of writers of international fame, Barcelona is also known for its connection with sport, with its football team FC Barcelona, one of the most important football teams in the world. Its stadium, Camp Nou, has witnessed memorable events protagonised by the main stars of this sport. In the FC Barcelona book you can discover all the details related to this emblematic institution, which has fans in all corners of the globe.