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Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera: Barrios of Barcelona

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Written by Paula

Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera is one of the four neighborhoods that form the district of Ciutat Vella. This is one of the oldest areas of the city, which also means it is one of the areas with the most history in the city. The neighborhood is formed by what used to be three different areas, one was Sant Pere, the other Santa Caterina, and the third one, La Ribera.

Today, the neighborhood of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera is one of the hippest and most fashionable neighborhoods in Barcelona, famously known as “El Born”, despite El Born being only a specific area inside the neighborhood, surrounding the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

Related article: Barrios of Barcelona: La Nova Esquerra de l’Eixample

Things to see and do in the Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera neighborhood

Museu Picasso

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Occupying a thirteenth-century palace, Museu Picasso has a collection of more than 4.000 works by the Spanish artist, like Bodegón (1901), La espera (Margot) (1901), Caballo Corneado (1917) e Las Meninas (1957).

Museu Picasso is located at Carrer de Montcada, 15-23.

Palau de la Música Catalana

Palau de la Música Catalana  is one of the most important music halls in Barcelona. It was designed in the beginning of the twentieth century by architect Lluís Domenèch i Montaner, and is considered today one of the essential pieces of the Catalan modernist movement, having been declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

Palau de la Música Catalana is located at Carrer Palau de la Musica, 4-6.

El Born Centre Cultural

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El Born Centre Cultural is a cultural center that occupies what used to be the old Born Market. The building was designed by architect Antoni Rovira i Trias in 1873, taking a total of four years to finish construction.

But it was only in 2002 that ancient ruins were discovered under the market, which are today a permanent exhibit at the center, so people can see the ancient medieval city by themselves.

El Born Centre Cultural is located at Plaça Comercial, 12.

Santa Maria del Mar

Santa Maria del Mar is a beautiful Gothic basilica from the fourteenth century, designed by architects Berenguer de Montagut and Ramon Despuig.

Related article: El Besòs i el Maresme: Barrios of Barcelona

MEAM: Museu Europeu d’Art Modern

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Founded in 2011, the European Museum of Modern Art has a collection of contemporary figurative art, modern sculptures, Catalan sculptures and Art Deco pieces. You can check their special exhibitions online.

MEAM is located at Carrer de la Barra de Ferro, 5.

7 Portes

7 Portes is one of the most famous restaurants in Barcelona, where you can try excellent Catalan cuisine and top-quality service.

7 Portes is located at Passeig Isabel II, 14.

Would you consider moving to the neighborhood of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i La Ribera? Why / why not?

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