The Gothic District


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The Gothic District: atmosphere and culture

      The Gothic District is one of the four districts of Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella.The Gothic District is the oldest part of the city and its historic downtown area. The Roman cardus and decumanus are the historical axis for the neighborhood´s urban development on its high side, the old Monte Táber (San Jaime’s square).
It is made up of different neighborhoods that have preserved their own personality: El Call, Santos Justo and Pastor, Santa Maria del Pi, the Cathedral, Santa Ana, La Merced, and El Palau.
The structure of the Gothic District remained intact until the 19th century, a period of great transformation in the structure and morphology of the area. For example, parish cemeteries were turned into public squares, large buildings were emptied and given new use, and the ancient walls of the old town were demolished.
Nowadays, the Gothic District is one of the nerve centers of the city where the visitor can find great commercial, cultural, and recreational activity.

A district of unlimited possibilities

      Street markets with art, flowers, handicrafts, and antiques, as well as restaurants, bars, shops, and other services make this area the best option for tourists. The Gothic District invites the visitor to explore the narrow historic streets and cultural centers where the most current exhibitions can be visited.