Tourist attractions in Barcelona are well known by all and enjoyed by tourists who visit the city for a short period as long-stay visitors who come to Barcelona to study, to work or for other reasons. One of the most emblematic streets that for sure you’ve heard about although you haven’t been yet in Barcelona is La Rambla, commonly known as Las Ramblas. The name of this avenue that goes from Plaza Catalunya to the Paseo de Colón, is plural because each part of it receives a different name: Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla de los estudios, Rambla de San José, Rambla de los Capuchinos y Rambla de Santa Mónica, in that order from top to bottom.
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Another basic attractions of Las Ramblas are the human statues on display on it. They are artists who have applied and done their show in front of an artistic jury within the City Council of Barcelona and are “allowed” to occupy this public space with their costume, their character or their characterization which probably receive attention and money. Although it may seem random, each statue/person standing on Las Ramblas, has its place and its time to work: 27 workers are divided into two shifts, morning and evening, and they have a license to operate in exchange for 189 euros monthly fee. Every time someone throws a coin in their box, they change their position or scare who has dared to come close to them, depending on the character they have created in each case. Recently there has been some controversy around these statues as they were moved to the final part of the Ramblas, in which there are fewer people and hence the money they get decreases. The City Council argues that is to avoid the crowds in the middle of this walk so the pickpockets can’t steal. Ie, the measure is for safety.
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