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Best neighborhoods for culture in Barcelona

Written by Paula

Barcelona is a very rich city in terms of culture. Here, you will find a variety of monuments, buildings, and art galleries that are definitely worth a visit. If you don’t know exactly where you should go to find the best cultural sites in the city, keep reading this article and you will find out.

Related article: Passeig de Gràcia and all it has to offer

Sant Pere – Santa Catarina i la Ribera

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Located next to the Gothic neighborhoodSant Pere – Santa Catarina i la Ribera has a lot of interesting sites to be visited. There is Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria, a former market that today showcases ancient ruins that were found during construction work; Palau de la Música Catalana, one of the most important music halls in the city, designed by Lluis Domènech i Montaner; Arc de Triomf, similar to the one that exists in Paris; the Chocolate Museum, where you can see interesting sculptures made entirely out of chocolate; the Picasso Museum, which showcases over 4000 works by the Spanish artist, and the Cultures of the World Museum, where you will be able to see artifacts from many cultures and civilizations.

L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample

There are not too many areas in this neighborhood where you can go to find culture but there is one particular street which is filled with it. Carrer d’Enric Granados has a lot of art galleries which can be visited for free, including Galería 3 PuntsN2 Galería, Adn Galeria, and Principal Art. One particular spot that is worth visiting at L’Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample is Universitat de Barcelona, which was founded in 1450 and boasts a beautiful building and oasis-like garden.

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Dreta de l’Eixample

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The Dreta de l’Eixample neighborhood is the home of some of the most important monuments in the city. In Passeig de Gràcia alone, you will find the gorgeous Casa Lleó MoreraCasa AmatlerCasa Batlló, and La Pedrera. In this area, you will also find the Egyptian Museum and the historic Plaça de Catalunya.

El Raval

Possibly one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in the city, El Raval is home to the Maritime Museum, where you can see a full-scale replica of an old ship, Palau Güell, one of Gaudì’s famous buildings, Gran Teatre del Liceu, another historic music hall and opera house, Palau de la Virreina, which shows works and installations by contemporary artists, MACBA, Catalonia’s Museum of Contemporary art, and CCCB, Barcelona’s Center of Contemporary Culture.

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* Main photo by Jorge Franganillo via Visualhunt

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Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.

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